4/22/2013 9:56:00 PM Trinity's 'Beauty and the Beast' spotlights student talent
Special to The Courier
The beautiful Belle and the transformed Beast take the stage in Trinity Christian School's production of "Beauty and the Beast" on April 26.
Monique McConnell, chair of Trinity's fine arts department and drama director, said the piece was picked because "fairy tales are classic in nature with a moral teaching which fits well within Trinity's classical education model." She also points out that modernized fairy tales are back in the mainstream with television shows such as "Once Upon a Time."
The popular fairy tale has undergone many adaptations since its French origins in the 1740s. Trinity's production will have its own distinctions, according to McConnell. "One of the things that sets apart Trinity's performances is the musical quality we bring to the stage. We have a very talented trio that performs in this production," she said.
Students have responsibility for all aspects of the production process; lighting, sound, acting, stage crew, props, costumes, sets and direction.
Senior Christiana White makes her directing debut. Under the training of McConnell, she has responsibility for coaching, organizing and giving input into all aspects of the production.
No stranger to the stage, White sees this as a fitting closure to her senior year. In her nine years at Trinity, she's been in 16 productions, besides community theatre. Last year she performed in two Prescott Center for the Arts productions, "Carousel" and "Grease." She also won a scholarship from PCA in their musical theatre competition.
The three lead actors are junior cast members, which White sees as a way to bring out more student talent. Belle is played by Marie Raasch, an 8th-grader who is in her first production. The Beast, played by junior Michael Zavala, and the Prince, played by junior James Timney, take the stage in their second productions.
Tickets for "Beauty and the Beast" are on sale for $5 in advance or $7 at the door for the single performance on April 26. The performance begins at 7 p.m., and doors open at 6:15 p.m. For information or to purchase tickets, call Trinity Christian School at 445-6306. Trinity is located at 1077 Mogollon Road in Prescott. They are on the web at www.trinitychristianaz.com.