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Pleasantville High to Perform 'Beauty and the Beast'

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – It’s a tale as old as time, and it will be coming to Pleasantville this weekend as Pleasantville High School opens its production of “Beauty and the Beast.”

Kathleen Warren, the director of the play and a music teacher in the high school, said her cast is excited to recreate the Disney film.

“Everyone involved is very enthusiastic about it because this is something that they grew up watching as kids,” Warren said.  “It’s something that’s a part of their youth.”

Warren, who is in her fifth year as director of the Pleasantville High School plays, said this is by far the biggest production she has been a part of. With a cast and crew of students in all four grades, there are close to 200 students involved in the production.

The play will premiere this Friday at 7 p.m. with show times again on Saturday and Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m., and will also be performed on Friday March 16 and Saturday March 17, both at 7 p.m.

A large crowd is expected for each show and senior Kathryn Faughnan, who is playing the role of Belle, hopes the performance can live up to expectations.

“With a show such as this one that a lot of people have seen, it’s tough sometimes because people have their own perceptions of each character already,” Faughnan said. “But when we all get on the stage everything comes to life and I think it’s going to be a great production.”

Both Faughnan and Rory Ostrow, who is playing the role of Gaston, said they enjoy the community involvement of Pleasantville residents.

“It’s great because so many people will come up to you and say which day they’re going to see the show,” Ostrow said. “There’s some pressure, I always get a little nervous beforehand right until I say my first line, and then from there it’s smooth.”

A very limited amount of tickets are available for the shows and can be purchased online through phsplay.org

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