Beauty and the Beast 'Tale as old as time' shines at MPMS

Graphic by Ryan Tepper

It was a pleasure to be the guest at MPMS for the sixth graders’ production of Beauty and the Beast Jr. This “tale as old as time” featured the beloved music, large cast and backstage crew, and spectacular costumes. It was directed by Michael Krenek, an English teacher at Mt. Pleasant Middle School. Timothy Nelson, the school’s music teacher, served as the show’s musical director. Teachers Donna Ofstad, associate director, and Doreen Morana, producer, helped round out the MPMS team effort.

CAST: 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. Ensemble: Ava Green, Dahlia Jones, Alexandra Bae, Maya Kadouri, Natasha Ahlawat, Isabella Hutabarat, Sylvia Azer, Tanvi Dembla, Hannah Mukete, Keana Gamaro , Samantha Gavi, Sarah Jaleel, Ella Kanefsky, Jenna Ly, Tabitha Meyer, Risa Tanenbaum, Soleil Thomas, Elodie Yecko, Grace Leechow, Mariana Seedhom, Hannah Akilu, Anusha Bansal, Sia Bansal, Sophie Chiparus, Rori Gruber, Maya Krisnamoorthy, Tracy Xiao, Anuvik Das, and Alejandro Fernandez. CREW Production: Karina Lerner, Catherine Thottungal, Jack Smith, Ellie Yu, Brady Ehrich, Chelsea Yang, Mariana Seedhom, Ariana Batista, Sia Bansal, and Noah Lerhman. Sound & Lights: Thompson Tong, Max Israel and Jeff Xu. Props: Kyle Viteri, Miriam Grodin, Joseph Bonacore, Joseph Reyes, Cate Bustin, Mathew Ho, and Riya Sanghani. Costumes/Makeup: Kathleen Zhang, Emily Cambers, Maya Trojian, Gelina Liu, Karis Wong, Nikki Heifler, and Shellie Limsky. Scenery Art: Karlie Heller. Stage and Scenery Crew: Farrah Nisivoccia, Noah Kates, Owen Tamasco, Thomas Mollineaux, Connor Small, Derek Ford, Sydney Leigh, Sam Grodin, Gianna Miller, Catherine Kramer, Mason Levines, Sydney Dakss, Isabella Cendana, Lily Mohebbi, Shannon Zotti, Jamie Heskett, Giovanna Chalfin, and Sophia Bruno.

Mt. Pleasant Middle School, Livingston, New Jersey

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