From left, Warren Woods Tower High School sophomores Allison Bell as Mrs. Potts, Jack Rachko as Cogsworth, and Dominic Gerace as Lumiere, rehearse March 28 for the upcoming production of “Beauty and the Beast.”

From left, Warren Woods Tower High School sophomores Allison Bell as Mrs. Potts, Jack Rachko as Cogsworth, and Dominic Gerace as Lumiere, rehearse March 28 for the upcoming production of “Beauty and the Beast.”

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Warren Woods Drama Club: ‘Be Our Guest’

By: Maria Allard | Warren Weekly | Published April 5, 2019

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WARREN — After rehearsing on the evening of March 28 on the Warren Woods Middle School stage, the Warren Woods Drama Club cast members gathered inside the choir room for “notes.”

For about 30 minutes, Director Kristy Sikes provided feedback on their practice as the performers prepared for Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” The cast features Warren Woods Public Schools elementary, middle and high school students.

“Beauty and the Beast” is set for 7:30 p.m. April 12-13, and 2 p.m. April 14 on the WWMS stage, 13400 12 Mile Road. Tickets cost $12 for adults, and $10 for students and for senior citizens 55 and older.

In the “tale as old as time,” an arrogant prince and his castle’s servants fall under the spell of a wicked enchantress who turns the prince into the Beast until he learns to love and is loved in return. As the story unfolds, a village girl named Belle enters the castle after the Beast imprisons her father Maurice. With the help of those around her, Belle begins to draw out the best in the Beast.

The WWPS company of 100-plus performers is looking forward to bringing the Disney story to the stage. The production assistant is Bekah Wisbiski.

 Warren Woods Tower High School senior Zac Sikes was cast in the role of the Beast.

“The character is very strong and mean in the beginning. I’m doing a lot of yelling in the first half because he’s angry and bitter,” he said. “In the second half, he becomes more kind and gentle.”

Senior Katrina Fortune and freshman Stephanie Crachiolo are sharing the role of Belle, a character Fortune said “is very independent.”

“She knows what she wants and has a strong mindset,” Crachiolo said. “She shows a lot of self-acceptance.

Sophomore Allison Bell is putting her heart and soul into the character of the “very caring” Mrs. Potts.

“She’s kind of like the mother to all of the characters,” Bell said. “She cares about everyone. She just wants things to work out for everybody.”

Sophomore Eliza Portalski was cast in the role of Chip, a young boy who — under the curse — turns into a cup.

“He has no sense of what’s going on in the castle,” Portalski said. “He tries to be happy all the time, but at some point, he gets really scared.”

To make sure they’re ready for opening night, the cast members all have their own techniques for learning their lines.

“I read lines, go back, start from the top, read more lines and keep going,” said sophomore Dominic Gerace, in the role of Lumiere.

“Beauty and the Beast,” which features the songs “Be Our Guest,” “Evermore” and “Gaston,” has been a fan favorite for many years.

“It’s iconic,” Zac Sikes said. “Everyone wants to see the fairy tale come to life.”

“It will make you believe you’re in a far-off land,” Gerace said. “You escape from reality. You don’t have to worry about the world around you.”

Also starring in the show are senior Monika Szabat as Babette, freshman Aaron Lawrence as Maurice, sophomore Jack Rachko as Cogsworth, and senior Sarah Sumimski as Madame Wardrobe.

Visit www.tututix.com/WWDramaClub to purchase reserved tickets in advance. General admission tickets will be available at the box office one hour before showtime.

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