Mt. Pleasant Middle School is presenting the beloved fairy tale Beauty and the Beast Jr. at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8 and Friday, Dec. 9 in the school’s auditorium. This “tale as old as time” features the beloved music, large cast and backstage crew, and promises spectacular costumes. It’s being directed by Michael Krenek, an English teacher at Mt. Pleasant Middle School. Timothy Nelson, the school’s music teacher, serves as the show’s musical director. Teachers Donna Ofstad, associate director, and Doreen Morana, producer, round out the MPMS team effort. The cast includes: Belle: Ava Hurwitz; Beast: Joel Piels; Gaston: Tanner Paige; LeFou: Ben Edelstein; Lumiere: Brooke Lelia; Mrs. Potts: Isabelle Ruppe; Cogsworth: Stanley Labady; Maurice: Max Dansky; Madame De La Gran Bouche: Annie Lysek; Babette: Anna Weiner; Chip: Aishanee Acharrya; Silly Girls: Lexi Jung, Daniella Krasney, Leah Waessa; Monsieur D’Arque: Harry Sonet; Narrators: Maya Kadouri, Grace Leechow; Bookseller: Ethan Davinson. PHOTOS: Join us backstage, on stage, and in the costume room as the students get ready for opening night.