Dallas Academy’s Department of Music and Performing Arts transported audiences to small-town France on Thursday night during the annual spring musical. Dallas Academy students performed an adaptation of Walt Disney’s musical Beauty and the Beast to a packed house. The performance featured music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and book by Linda Woolverton. Dallas Academy’s own Director of Music and Performing Arts, Molly Phillips Grogan, MT-BC, expertly adapted the show for the Dallas Academy stage. Dallas Academy students and countless volunteers played vital roles both on the stage and behind the scenes to bring the classic Disney musical to life.
Dallas Academy’s Beauty and the Beast tells tale of the true meaning of love and sacrifice. The timeless story begins when a conceited young prince refuses to help an old beggar lady who is stuck out in the cold. What the prince does not know is that the old lad is actually an enchantress and his arrogant behavior prompts her to turn the prince into a frightening beast and puts a spell on everything in his castle due to his refusal of aid. She gives him a magic mirror that enables him to view faraway events, along with an enchanted rose that she had offered in exchange for his help. To break the spell, the Beast must learn to love another person and earn their love in return before the rose's final petal falls on his twenty-first birthday. If he fails, he will remain a beast forever. After a series of misfortunes, a beautiful young village girl, Belle, who has grown tired of her small-town life, winds up captive in the Beast’s castle. At first Belle sees the Beast as nothing but a monster and he views her as both stubborn and difficult. However they quickly learn how much they have in common and that their love is more powerful than any obstacles that they may face. The timeless musical features a multitude of rich and colorful characters and classic songs.
The Dallas Academy community always looks forward to the annual spring musical to display student talent and creativity. The production brought together fourty students of all ages in a variety of roles both on the stage and behind the scenes. The stars of the show included Michael Diaz as Belle and Trevor Quaid as the Beast. Other stand-out performances included Alec Mayor as the pompous and conniving Gaston, Dria Bently as the motherly teapot Mrs. Potts, Anna Champion as the kind-hearted candlestick Lumiere, Gabriel Estrada as the teacup Chip, and Mitchell Riley as the loyal clock Cogsworth.
The show was directed, produced, and adapted by Molly Grogan and co-directed by Sydney Daly. Dallas Academy teacher Jay Stanford served as technical director and parent Jesse Diaz served as the set designer and lead artist. The show was one of Dallas Academy’s most technically ambitious to date as it featured many elaborate sets, numerous musical cues, multiple set changes, and an abundance of intricate props and costumes. The magic of the story would not have been fully conveyed had it not been for the incredibly talented student technical crew and the support of both parent and community volunteers.
The show brought down the house with performances of the fan-favorite songs “Be Our Guest” and “Beauty and the Beast.” The musical, and its message of love, sacrifice, and acceptance, brought down the house and put a smile on the faces of everyone in the audience.