Robin Hood (Lydia Meiners) and Tom Sawyer ( Jacob McCargar) have their weapons out in a scene from "The Enchanted Bookshop," a past performance by Carroll Community Theatre. CCT will present “Beauty and the Beast” this year in tandem with Carroll's 150-year celebration. (Carroll Times Herald file photo)
Robin Hood (Lydia Meiners) and Tom Sawyer ( Jacob McCargar) have their weapons out in a scene from "The Enchanted Bookshop," a past performance by Carroll Community Theatre. CCT will present “Beauty and the Beast” this year in tandem with Carroll's 150-year celebration. (Carroll Times Herald file photo)

June 19, 2019

In a summer of local milestone celebrations, Carroll Community Theatre fittingly will be playing a major role.

Community Theatre is combining talents with All Strings Attached Orchestra Studio to present the award-winning Disney musical “Beauty and the Beast” Thursday through Sunday, July 18-21, at the Carroll Recreation Center auditorium. The show features a cast of 56 and a full pit orchestra.

The family-friendly musical is presented with the permission of The Disney Co. and Musical Theater International.

“We’re excited our semi-annual musical production will coincide with Carroll’s 150th celebration,” said CCT President Laura Comito. “Our theater group is celebrating its 50th year in 2019 so this provides another event for people to enjoy during the city’s celebration.”

General-admission tickets are available at Artworks Studio, 512 N. Adams St. Cost is $10 for adults and $8 for children.

Shows will be at 7:30 p.m. July 18-20 and 2 p.m. July 21.

“Beauty and the Beast” is a musical about an arrogant prince who is cursed to live as a terrifying beast until he finds true love. Strangely, his chance comes when he captures an unwary clockmaker, whose place is then taken by his bold and beautiful daughter Belle. Helped by the Beast’s similarly enchanted servants, including a clock, a teapot and candelabra, Belle begins to see the sensitive soul behind the fearsome facade. However, as time runs out, it soon becomes obvious that Belle’s cocky suitor Gaston is the real beast of the piece.

Matt Earl will perform the role of the Beast, and his spouse, Jennifer, will perform the part of Belle.

Supporting roles and actors are:

Gaston — Kyle Polson.

Lafou — Cody Parmley.

Cogsworth — Jeff Hughes.

Lumiere — Zach Shook.

Mrs. Potts — Elissa Sexe.

Chip — Ray and Callen Schechinger (alternating performances).

Maurice — Todd Jansonius.

Other members of the cast are:

Babette — Breanna Augustus.

Madam De La Bocuhe — Liz Book.

3 Silly Girls — Elise, Bridget and Maris Cameron.

Baker — Bradley Sexe.

Book Seller — Sara Siepker.

Aristocratic Lady — Dona Tuel.

Lady With Baby — Erin Tracy.

Fish Man — Christian Matthews.

Egg Man — Alex Danner.

Sausage Girl — Dayna Toft.

Lady With Cane — Polly Eason.

Candle Man — Kevin Sturm.

Milk Maid — Taydem Shoesmith.

Hat Seller — Carter Kovarna.

Hat Seller’s Wife — Ashley Brincks.

Baker’s Daughter — Tayli Oxendale.

A Mother — Heather Peitig.

Shepherd Boy — Max Meyers.

D’Arque — Alex Danner.

Gaston’s Cronies — Caden Stageman, Chris Toft, Nick Behm and Kevin Sturm.

Dancers/Wolves — Lauren Macke, Lilly Ortner, Hailey Lux, Payton Schenkelberg, Hannah Duncan and Ella Duncan.

Villagers — Tina Schechinger, Taryn Oxendale, Liliana Schechinger, Regan Garringer, Kysa Auen, Alexandria Kline, Kiera and Sophia Hughes, Logan Rial, Adalynn Pietig, Louis Meyers, Ed Tomka and Kyle Danner.

Vocal music and choreography for the production began in May at the Rec Center.

“The cast is dedicated and really working hard,” said Ben Gradoville, director. “We expect the show to be one Carroll theater-goers will remember for a long time.”

Rebecca Windschitl, All Strings director, is equally enthused with her musicians’ efforts.

“They love being in the pit for the musical, and they’re really liking this music,” she said. “It’s both challenging and fun.”

More than 120 people auditioned for the acting parts in the play. More than 200 people will be involved in various aspects of the production.