Taming the beast

'Beauty and the Beast' proving to be most complex high school production yet

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Teapots, salad forks and wardrobes are some of the outlandish costumes performers have to contend with this year in the Moffat County High School's drama club musical.

Director Amy Pottinger and about 75 students, five teachers and a handful of volunteers are preparing to perform "Beauty and the Beast" on Nov. 16, 17 and 18 at the high school auditorium.

"Salad fork, salad fork, where are you salad fork?" Pottinger said. "You find yourself saying some pretty funny things."

In her six years of working with the drama club, Pottinger said this year's musical is proving to be the most difficult to prepare for because of the elaborate sets and costumes.

Of the 75 students participating in the play, 25 of them constitute an orchestra, which is made of both high school students and middle school students.

"It's really cool to see the kids play something big like that," Pottinger said.

Since auditions in mid-September, the cast will have had nine weeks to rehearse and build the set.

Pottinger said some kids claim they sign their life over to the production.

"These kids are dedicated," Pottinger said of her students who will show up at all hours to work, even when not required. "I have actors who are do-or-die."

Saw dust wafted through the air Saturday as junior Alex Sherman cut boards, already under the white stage lights of the auditorium.

"I like to be on stage," Sherman said, who in her three years at the high school has been in five plays. "I like attention a lot. So, being in the center of the stage is a good feeling."

Although Sherman enjoys the limelight, all actors are required to put in at least eight hours behind the scenes set building.

But Pottinger's staff is diverse, with students who focus solely on building the set or orchestrating the lights and sound from afar.

Until the third weekend in November, the Moffat County High School auditorium will bustle with activity, whether it's rehearsing every weeknight or set building.

"I like watching it all come together," Sherman said.

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