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Pikesville Middle students dazzled crowds with “Beauty and the Beast Jr.”
5/9/2013

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Pikesville’s traditional spring musical continued this year with a fantastic production of “Beauty and the Beast Jr.”

Students worked tirelessly since January to pull off the production, which included the efforts of dozens of faithful Pythons and many dedicated staff members. Actors represented all three grade levels and ranged from students with extensive thespian experiences to many who debuted on stage Thursday night with the “tale as old as time.” Music and choreography were directed by Mr. Brad Permenter and directed by Ms. Monica Melton and Ms. Ellen Glasser

The play was described by attendees as “flawless.” Ms. Jodi Sherman and a team of artistically gifted students designed the set, including the annual repainting of the backdrop onstage on Pikesville’s cafetorium. Ms. Sherman also took on the momentous task of collecting and creating costumes, which featured Belle’s famous yellow gown.

One staff member not connected with the production remarked, “It was like a professional play!” Others lauded the vibrancy of the students’ voices, amazing acting aptitude, and energy during the performance.

The actors in this production seem bound for greatness, and many have definitely been bitten by the acting bug. Students held their heads high on Friday and Monday mornings at school, receiving many compliments from students and staff alike. The most valuable takeaway, however, is the lesson of what is possible when so many people work together.

 

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Story submitted by Amanda Doran, language arts teacher, Pikesville Middle School. Photos courtesy of Brad Foster, library media specialist, Pikesville Middle School.
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