CCHS to present Beauty and the Beast

By Allen Worrell -

“If it’s not baroque, don’t fix it.”

That famous quote by Cogsworth the Clock is one of the most memorable from the Disney classic movie “Beauty and the Beast.” It’s also the mindset the music and art departments at Carroll County High School have taken in presenting a two-hour play of the 1991 classic film April 22-24 at the CCHS auditorium.

“It is exactly the same as the Walt Disney movie with a couple of extra songs added in. The hardest part has been all the choreography we had to do, but the kids are having a ball with it,” said CCHS Chorus Director Chandra Harmon. “The students we had this year have been begging to do a musical for a couple of years. They are all into the Disney stuff, so the seniors got together and we suggested we do Beauty and the Beast.”

A collaboration of the school’s music and arts departments, Beauty and the Beast will be held at 7 p.m. on April 22 and 23 in the CCHS auditorium, and again at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 24. At first, it looked like the show might be a bust because the royalties to put on the play were going to be so expensive. That’s when the Carroll County School Board stepped in to help.

“We called the school board and they agreed to get us some costumes for it, and with that in place we decided to go for it,” Harmon said. “We had auditions and about 60 kids came out, so there was a lot of interest. We have a cast of around 50 kids right now.”

Many different departments from the high school are involved with the production. Harmon said the art department is taking care of the scenery and backdrop, while the career and technical education department has built some of the bigger parts of the set, such as the house, Maurice’s invention and the teacart. The CCHS band is even participating as a pit orchestra is part of the set.

“Each department has their own thing they do to help out and they have all been doing a big part,” Harmon said. “Everybody with something to do artistically is pitching in.”

Harmon said the hope with Beauty and the Beast is to try to revive the theater program at the high school, which has been dwindling. While she said it’s been hard to get people to try out, the cast for the upcoming show is superb.

“We have a super talented cast this year. I don’t know if we will ever have kids like this again,” Harmon said. “It should be a real treat for everybody to see.”

Tickets for Beauty and the Beast are $10 for adults and $5 for students/children. On Sunday at 1 p.m., you can dress as your favorite storybook character and have snacks with the cast. Cost for that is $5 per person.

“We are using that as a fundraiser to hopefully do another production next year,” Harmon said. “If kids want to come in their costumers or whatever, they can hang out with the characters for about a half hour before the show starts at 1:30. It should be fun for everybody.”

To order tickets in advance – please call or text 276-733-3963, or email Advance tickets will be available for pick up in the main office and at the door. Reserved seating will be saved for the first 100 ticket sales to each show. After that it will be first come, first served, but tickets will be sold at the door the day of each show.

By Allen Worrell