PHS to perform ‘Beauty and the Beast’

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It’s been a while, but the Perryville Silver Daggers Club will make its long awaited return.
Perryville will host a production later this month when they perform its rendition of “Beauty and the Beast.”
The play will be performed from April 22-24 at the Perry Park Center at 7 p.m. each night. Saturday will also have a matinee at 2 p .m. Tickets are $10 each and can be bought at the Park Center from 5:30 p.m. to close each night the week of the show. They can also be bought at the door on the nights of the show, while supplies last.
The play will be the first major production with a full cast that the Perryville drama club will perform since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Play director Jennifer Birk-Cook said that the students recorded short films last year, which only had about five students each to encourage social distancing. She felt “Beauty and the Beast was a perfect fit for the current times.
“With the terrible year that everyone has had, I felt like we needed something magical,” Birk-Cook said. “I hope that this production will brighten everyone’s spirits.”
The Perryville drama club normally has a bigger cast and Birk-Cook believes that may come in handy for this production. She has double cast some of the major roles in the play to preserve that the show goes on. Maddy Green and Delainy Napier both learned the part of Belle, while Sam Camarillo and Will Pfaff have learned the lines of Gaston. Cogsworth, Lumiere, Babette, and Mrs. Potts, and wardrobe also have been double cast
“We do that if we have a large group of kids and not enough parts, but the main reason I did it this year was because of the virus and in case some of the kids had to go into quarantine we wouldn’t lose the whole show.”
“Beauty and the Best” was last performed by the Perryville drama club in 2011 and many of the costumes are currently being revamped for the 2021 version.
“It has been a lot of hard work for everyone and we hope that eventually that ard work pays off,” Birk-Cook said.
The cast has been hard at work learning their parts, along with the numerous songs that will be performed.
“It’s getting better every day,” Birk-Cook said. “It’s been a long process, but the kids have been great to work with.”
The play is also the first musical with the new choir director Taylor Davis.
“She’s been a joy to work with and really is determined to make this show one of the best,” Birk Cook said.
Whenever the first show comes around Birk-Cook, along with her students are just excited to be back on the stage.
“The kids really missed being able to perform last year and I felt like they missed out on a lot of those special events that we have every year,” Birk-Cook said. “There may be some nerves the first time out, but everyone is excited.”

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