Photo courtesy of Trent Andrus
Blackfoot High School performs dress rehearsals for its production of "Beauty and the Beast" on Tuesday. There are 53 cast members, 42 in the pit and roughly 30 members helping off set.
This Friday Blackfoot High School students will enchant audiences with their musical production of "Beauty and the Beast."
This grand performance will include a cast of about 50 students, a full orchestra directed by Jan Eddington and a choir directed by Andrew Hames.
Though "Beauty and the Beast" is a "tale as old as time," director Sharon Hoge said the play will be unique. Hoge is a master at making plays distinct through special effects and she says this show will include those impressive elements.
"Last year with 'Aladdin' we flew a carpet," said Hoge. "There's a lot of enchanting that goes on with the show."
Hoge said "Beauty and the Beast" was chosen as this year's high school musical because she likes to pick plays that "fit the vocal talents" of the students. She enjoys working with teenagers because she gets the opportunity to see them excel in the fine arts, grow in confidence and form bonds with other students.
Blackfoot senior Logan Lindholm, a veteran actor who "always [does] the musical at the high school," is one of the students who is benefiting from Hoge's instruction.
He is excited to play the Beast in the production. "This is one of my favorite shows,â€ť said Lindholm.
Lindholm's favorite part of performing is seeing the audience's reaction to the show. "I think that it's really fun to make the audience happy," he said. "I love to put on a good show for people."
"Beauty and the Beast" will open at the BPAC on Friday at 7 p.m. Five additional performances will take place throughout the following week. Tickets are $7. They are available at the high school, the school district office, the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce office or at the door.
For more information, visit blackfootpac.com.