010714 Gilford Middle School to Present 'Beauty and the Beast Jr.'

GILFORD — The Disney inspired musical, "Beauty and The Beast Jr." will be coming to the stage at Gilford Middle School this January. This will be the first time this classic, fan-favorite musical will be presented at Gilford Middle School.

After hosting heavily attended auditions in late November, Director Matt Demko and Vocal Coach Denise Sanborn selected a cast of over 70 talented students and began rehearsals right away.

Vocal Coaches Sanborn and Sherry Vansteensberg has worked with the singers on the classic music, while choreographer Lauren Camella (a talented 8th grade student) will be providing toe tapping choreography for the great tunes including "Gaston," "Belle," and "Be Our Guest."

Heading up the technical side of things will be long time GMS art teacher Aaron Witham who has designed and built the set with the help of talented middle school students. Also on hand are high school production assistants who have provided help with costume, props, and publicity. Denise Sanborn, music teacher at GMS and GHS, will also provide vocal instruction to the cast.

Beauty and The Beast Jr. marks the 4nd time GMS Theatre will feature two entirely different casts presenting the same show. The Belle and Beast casts each perform on alternate nights.

Featured in lead and supporting roles are: Kasey Moore and Julie Auld as Belle, Connor Leggett and Bryce Cote as The Beast, Michael Wernig and Shea Therrien as Gaston, Kaia Langathanois and Taryn Fountain as Lumiere, Sammy Sawyer and Ryan Witham as Cogsworth, and Kaelin Cegeliski and Cyndal Vansteensberg as Mrs. Potts.

The Ensemble is comprised of 50 talented GMS Students ranging from 5th to 8th grade.

The Show will be presented on January 23, 24, and 25  at 7 p.m. and January 25 at 2 p.m. All performances will take place at the Gilford High School Auditorium and tickets will be $5 and can be purchased at the door.