FHS Musical Theatre to present Beauty and the Beast as 48th annual musical

beautyandthebeastBeauty and the Beast will be the Friendswood High School’s 48th annual musical. The Walt Disney classic will be performed January 29-30 and February 5-7 in the Dr. Myrlene Kennedy Auditorium on campus.

The directors Kathy Powdrell, Janwin Overstreet -Goode, Alyssa Falcone, Julio Sanchez, Cale Borne and Amy Thornton are pleased once again to collaborate with Disney Theatricals to bring this classic story to the Friendswood stage.

“We are thrilled to bring this show to Friendswood. Last year’s Mary Poppinsplayed to sold-out audiences giving standing ovations and our lead actress, Audrey McKee competed in the National Musical Theatre Awards representing the Tommy Tune Awards after being named Tommy Tune Awards’ Best Actress,” Powdrell said. “The directors feel that Beauty and the Beast will be able to showcase our outstanding talent here at Friendswood High School.”

Student audition dates for the musical will be announced in September.

Disney’s Beauty and The Beast was adapted from the Disney movie and was written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman along with new songs by Menken and Tim Rice.

Powdrell is working with Disney Theatricals and Music Theatre International (MTI) as well as ZFX Flying Effects to bring all the production elements together to tell the classic story of Belle and the Beast.

On the MTI website, the musical is described as the following: Beauty and the Beast is the story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

The original Broadway version of the musical ran over 13 years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards. The original animated version won two major awards in 1991: a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion picture, Musical or Comedy and an Academy Award for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for its title song. It was the first animated film to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

Student audition dates for the musical will be announced in September.

The FHS musical is an all school musical and has a 48year legacy of bringing outstanding performances to the FHS stage and sharing those performances with the community.

For more information contact Powdrell at kpowdrell.