Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in Production at Runnels


The Runnels Drama Department will present Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" for four performances in the Gladys Hague Runnels Theatre Feb. 15-17. The show will feature a large cast of students in second grade through high school.
Based on the classic fairy tale and the award-winning animated Disney film, the musical tells the story of a handsome prince cursed to live as a hideous beast until true love sets him free. 
Cast in leading roles are seniors Sophia Torres as "Belle," Carson Badinger as the "Beast," Peter Lukinovich as "Gaston," Alex Morgan as "Lumiere," Daniel Mayeaux as "Cogsworth," and Kayla Evans as "Mrs. Potts," with junior Aubri Watts in the role of "Chip." Senior Landon Simpson portrays "Lefou," Eli Latiolais, grade 8, is "Maurice," senior Thomas Worsham plays “Monsieur D’Arque,” junior Anna Manning plays "Babette," Caroline Collins, grade 10, is "Madame De La Grande Bouche," and sophomore Sophie Edwards plays the "Enchantress/Narrator."
Also featured are seniors Emma Tooraen and Madaleine Alessi, and junior Jackie Hinkle as  “Silly Girls” and 8th graders Quinn Dukaric and Ella Brigman, sophomore Sophie Edwards, and junior Jaidyn Procell as “Wolves.” 
In the ensemble as “Village Folk,” “Enchanted Castle Folk,” and “Tavern Folk” are junior and senior high students Sadie Alello, Izzy Arey, Amelia Breeden, Katie Brigman, Ansley Brown, Sarah Burleigh, Jacques Desporte, Davia Dauterive, Piper Davis, Aiden Dooley, Emma Felton, Joshua Freeman, Lily Hayden, Mickey Kaiser, Phoebe Koontz, Preston Kyle, Alaysia Mandujano, Ava McCann, Madisan Milam, Kissa Nicholas-Whitt, Poppy Pellissier, Kyra Reeves, Lucy Reeves, Madeleine Reonas, Abby Robbins, Eddie Tunis, Reide Walker, Addie Watson, Mollybeth Wilkinson, Brie Williams, Olivia Williams, Quinn Dukaric, Jaidyn Procell, Sophie Edwards and Ella Brigman.
Included in the elementary cast are:  2nd graders: Addison Willis, Adleigh Watts, Bonnie Banquer, Paislee Ray, Naya Amin; 3rd graders: Isabella Dispenza-Haselden, Lauren Wheeler, James Sandefur; 4th graders: Dax Jones, Ethan Ly, Lauren Ly, Alex Hayden, Molly Banquer, Claire Clavette, Alyssa Lee, Tyler Felton, Daniel Tate, Harper Guay, Wesleigh Doughty, Gracie Doughty; 5th graders: Zoe Kane,Elise Parrish; 6th graders: Addison Latona, Landree Clark, Sadie Miller, Ashlynn Harper, Gibson Guay
Directing the massive production will be Runnels K-12 Theatre Program Chair Neena McLain, with vocal direction by Aaron Turnipseed, and choreography by Rachel Hart. In a departure from past musicals at Runnels, this year’s show will feature pre-recorded music instead of a live band. 
Showtimes are Friday, Feb. 15 and Saturday, Feb. 16 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 16 and Sunday, Feb. 17 at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets are now available at Online tickets are $12 each. At the door, tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. More information: