Workshops introduce kids to theater
Two-week 'intensives' culminate with shows at CAC
DAVID STONE | JUNE 16
In a race against time, a gruesome Beast must fall in love and be loved in return to reverse a magical spell cast by an evil enchantress.
Based on a hit 1991 Disney movie that retells a late 18th century French fairy tale, Beauty & The Beast Jr. is the story of Belle, a smart and pretty young woman who feels out of place in her provincial French village.
The story will come to life during three upcoming performances at the Cultural Activities Center by members of a Academie Music of Central Texas summer workshop.
“This is an ‘intensive,’ which means we get our cast ready to perform in about two weeks,” said Shelley Dennis, executive director of the Temple performing arts school. “This is our 15th summer of doing Intensives, and we will be doing two this year.”
Beauty & The Beast Jr. will be performed by a group of 12 to 18 year olds. The leading characters are rehearsing this week, then the entire cast will be involved the week before the shows.
“This is exciting because Beauty & The Beast is the first intensive we ever did,” Dennis said. “It’s a big show — we have 60 teenagers in the cast, and we’re putting in a lot of work.”
Dennis said summer intensives introduce students to musical theater and help develop the next generation of performing artists.
“They learn to cooperate and work together,” she said. “It teaches kids to express emotions and to explore views they have never looked at before.”
Tickets for Beauty & The Beast Jr. start at $10 and can be purchased at cacarts.org. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 24, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, June 25.
The story revolves around Belle and her attempt to rescue her captive father, who is imprisoned inside a mysterious castle.
Her rescue mission goes awry and Belle is captured by the Beast, who must find true love before a magical rose loses all of its pedals. Belle and the Beast develop a bond, which grows deeper as the final pedals begin to fall. But, they must confess their love before the once beautiful rose becomes a mere stem.
The cast includes:
Lucas Abell – Castle guard
Rania Ahmed - Hatseller
Abby Argabright - Ensemble
Andrew Ash - Lumiere
Gabby Blizzard - Ensemble
Carlee Bramlett - Ensemble
Andrew Cloe - Beast
Halle Curb – Les Fille 3
Mekenna Davis - Ensemble
Gabby DuMont – Ensemble
Naomi Durham - Ensemble
Titus Farnham - Chip
Kendra Flynn - Ensemble
Cali Glanzman – Ensemble, featured dancer
Halle Hammer – Castle guard
Henleigh Hardt – Lady with cane
Tara Hill – Candle seller
Barrett Howell - Shepherd
Eden Irom – Babette
Layla Janicek – Villager 3, featured dancer
Eden Johnson – Narrator 3
Joel Johnson - Butcher
Abby Jones - Ensemble
Steven Jones - Ensemble
Mim Kellar – Narrator 2
Jennifer Kennedy – Bookseller, Villager 2
Rebekah Kropp – Les Fille 1
Leah Kunz – Beggar woman/enchantress, featured dancer
Madison Letts - Ensemble
Lydia Livesay - Ensemble
Cara Morgan - Ensemble
Stella Lufburrow – Villager 1
Cecelia Manuel - Eggseller
Lydia Manuel – Milkmaid
Isaiah Martinez - Ensemble
Katelyn McAninch – Narrator 1
Meckenzie McAninch – Les Fille 2
Olivia McRae – Sausage curl girl, featured dancer
Maggie Nicholson – Madame de la Grande Bouche
Pate Palomino - Baker
Pierce Parker - LeFou
Daphne Patrick - Narrator 4
Iris Patrick - Ensemble
Luke Picarazzi - Ensemble
Sara Powitzky – Lady with baby
Jackson Reasoner - Gaston
Ashland Reyes – Mrs. Potts
Zach Reyes - Maurice
Malachi Santana – Monsieur D’Arque
Micah Santana - Ensemble
Maverick Shepherd - Cogsworth
Sanya Shrestha - Ensemble
Megan Sloane - Belle
Kolbie Ticknor - Ensemble
JJ Uyechi - Fishmonger, carpet
Bethany Wilson – Aristocratic Lady
Dennis said a second intensive will be conducted in July. This workshop will involve 8 to 12 year olds performing the popular Junie B. Jones Jr.
today’s best bets
Poetry & Music Open Mic Night at Corky’s with Nate Biddy. Sign up at 6:30, show at 7.
Texas Red’s Taproom Trivia at Fire Base Brewing. 7 p.m.
A very FoxDog Wedding Extravaganza. 6-8 p.m. Mix, mingle, and meet local vendors to complete your big day! Free and open to the public!
Karaoke at Bo’s Barn. 8:30 p.m.
Trivia Night at Fire Street Pizza in Belton. There will be 6 rounds of themed trivia to test your knowledge of all things trivia! Other categories will include Movies, Sports, music, and more! Play from your phone! FREE to play! Join anytime. Winners walk away with FSP swag, free pizzas and bragging rights! 6 p.m.
In 1871, a full 10 years before Temple for born, a small community sprang up in what is now Sammons Golf Course. What was the name of the town? ANSWER AT END OF TODAY’S ISSUE
On this day in 1855 some 200 French colonists arrived at the colony of La Réunion, located on the south bank of the Trinity River in central Dallas County within the present city limits of Dallas. La Réunion was founded as a utopian experiment by Victor Prosper Considérant, one of the leading democratic socialist figures in France. The 1855 arrivals landed in Galveston, traveled overland from the coast, reached Dallas in April, and arrived at La Réunion on June 16. Although many settlers left the colony soon after they arrived, new colonists kept the population fairly constant for about two years; the number of residents peaked at around 350 in the fall of 1856. La Réunion existed as a serious communal organization for only about eighteen months. Financial insolvency killed the colony.
TODAY’S TEMPLE TRIVIA ANSWER: Birdsdale, named after Indian fighter John Bird, consisted of a post office, church, school, blacksmith’s shop and stores. Once Temple was formed, it was quick swallowed up and by 1890 it had been swallowed by the growing city.