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Last Updated: Feb 8th, 2018 - 11:47:26


Hamburg students mount a 'Beauty' of a production with inaugural musical
By VAL GAUGHT
Feb 8, 2018, 11:46

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It’s a tale as old as time — practice for months, and then take to the stage to show what you’ve done.

Hamburg School District students have been working all year, and it is finally time for the performances of their district wide production of “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.”

“We have worked tirelessly to try and create the best performance possible, and I honestly think the Hamburg School District and community are going to be blown away by how much the students have accomplished,” Hamburg School District Choral Director Leigh Rice said.

The genesis of the work came when Rice and another high school teacher, Hillary Young, presented the idea of a district wide theater program to the superintendent and all of the school administrators within the district.

After the program was approved, Rice began working with Young and eight other teachers to build it.

In September, the group began working on “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” by hosting auditions for students in third through 12th grade.

“This production was a huge undertaking, but it has been an absolute pleasure watching these students of all ages flourish on the stage,” Rice said.

The show is scheduled to have four daytime performances for the students and staff of Hamburg School District.

The daytime performances will be Wednesday and Thursday, but will not be open to the public.

The performances on Feb. 9 and 10 will be public evening performances for parents, family members and community members.

The admission charge for the evening performances will be $5 per ticket.

--For the complete story, see the print edition.