Broken Arrow Express
MEETING BELLE: Students at Park Lane Early Childhood Center stand with Broken Arrow High School junior Sophia Krist, who plays Belle in the drama department’s February production of Beauty and the Beast, and teachers Carly Krist and Lauren McCoy.
Feb. 9-12, Broken Arrow High School’s drama department will present Beauty and the Beast at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center.
“On stage, we will have gorgeous costumes and several big sets, which will include the Beast’s transformation with a little bit of flying,” says Jana Ellis, BAHS drama teacher and director of the show.
In anticipation of the production, the drama department visited several elementary schools to issue “Belle’s Book Buddies Reading Challenge.” The reading challenge is open to students at all early childhood centers and elementary school sites and encourages students to read three books before Jan. 27.
The names of the students who complete the challenge will be put into a drawing. The students whose names are drawn will get to perform in the opening scene of the production.
The Beauty and the Beast cast consists of students in grades 9-12, featuring junior Sophia Krist as Belle, senior Connor Blakely as Beast, senior Caleb Ricketts as Gaston, senior Noah Schatz as LeFou, senior JonPaul Aday as Lumiere, sophomore Ben Lee as Cogsworth, senior Triston Sutterfield as Maurice, senior Lauren Young as Mrs. Potts, senior Cailee Bearden as Chip, junior Dru Denny as Wardrobe and senior Chyna Mayer as Babette.
Performances will take place Feb. 9-11 at 7:30 p.m. and on Feb. 12 at 2 p.m.
General admission tickets are $15 and are available at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center (BAPAC) box office from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call the BAPAC box office at 918-259-5778.