Showstoppers stage Beauty and The Beast

25 members cast in school’s senior production

A few cast members from the Showstopper Academy’s Beauty and the Beast. The musical plays the ACT this weekend.

A few cast members from the Showstopper Academy’s Beauty and the Beast. The musical plays the ACT this weekend.

A cast of 25 talented young performers from Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows will bring a fairy tale to life this weekend.

The Showstoppers Academy of Performing Arts crew, aged 12 to 27, will sing and dance their way through Beauty and the Beast.

“Our production is double-cast, which means I have to ensure each cast member knows what dance moves they do for their chorus part and their main part,” said choreographer and director Ashleigh McAuley.

Beauty and the Beast is a big show with lots of scene changes and challenging props.

“We’re having a blast in rehearsals working with 34 pewter mugs for the musical number ‘Gaston’, which takes place in a tavern,” says McAuley.

During the song, performers clink mugs against each other while dancing and singing.

“We had to find creative ways to not hit each others fingers,” says McAuley with a laugh.

Showtime

Beauty and the Beast plays the ACT in Maple Ridge on Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14 at 7 p.m. For tickets, call 604-476-2787.