Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in Production at Runnels


The Runnels Drama Department will present Disney's Beauty and the Beast for three 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 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, freshman Sydney Mistretta, 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, Sydney Mistretta, Kissa Nicholas-Whitt, Poppy Pellissier, Kyra Reeves, Lucy Reeves, Madeleine Reonas, Abby Robbins, Emily Schacht, Eddie Tunis, Reide Walker, Addie Watson, Mollybeth Wilkinson, Brie Williams, Olivia Williams,              
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. 
Tickets go on sale Jan. 7 at Online tickets are $12 each. At the door, they are $15 for adults and $10 for students. More information: