Kutztown Area High School’s music department is preparing for their 2015 musical, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The cast is very excited to start the production because so much time and dedication has been put into the musical, starting back in the summer.

The beast, played by Kutztown senior Colton Cutlip said, “In the summer we were already going over it. Mr. Hartman [Bryan Hartment, the musical’s director] and I were going over songs. Then, since school started we’ve been running through it, getting it blocked, and going over dances.”

All the time dedicated by the performers has created a strong bond between them that will be seen on stage and lift the performance to the next level.

“It’s definitely good, there’s a lot of chemistry. There’s a lot of jokes going on, new friendships, old friendships, there’s all kinds of stuff. We all get along great,” said Cutlip.

Along with chemistry, much of the cast believes the vocals with be another strength of the show.

Lumiere, played by Kutztown junior Quinn Synder said, “Another strength would have to be the vocals. Solo lines are going amazingly well, and chorus songs are also going very well.”

Senior leadership is also going to be a key strength in the performance. There are five seniors performing in the musical, so underclassmen, guided by the seniors, are ready to step up and play vital roles.

Kutztown sophomore Asher Zettlemoyer who said, “This is my first major role in a musical, not being in ensemble, actually having a part,” is a rising underclassman playing the role of Cogsworth.

The cast is ready to put on a phenomenal show and encourage everyone to come watch.

Belle, played by Kutztown senior Krystal Nolte, said, “Most people have seen the Disney movie, and the show is mostly like the movie, but there are different twists in it that’ll really excite people who haven’t seen the Broadway show before.”

The Kutztown Area School Music Association will be selling light up roses during the shows. The light up roses will provide audience members will an interactive element to the show.

“At the end of the show you can click your button and light up your rose and sing with the rest of the cast. It’s going to look really neat,” Nolte said.

Kutztown Area High School will be performing Beauty and the Beast on Nov. 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. at Kutztown High School’s auditorium. Tickets are for sale every Tuesday and Wednesday nights in the Kutztown High School’s auditorium lobby from 6 to 7:30 p.m. or reserve seats by calling 610-683-9945.

Patrick Moyer is a senior at Kutztown High School. He is a student intern for the Kutztown Patriot of Berks-Mont Newspapers.

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