Beauty and sisters

Beauty (Ryly Payson) is flanked by sisters Babette (Rowan Breaux, l) and Begonia (Reese Payson, r) on the set of the NHS Drama Club production of Beauty and The Beast.

NEEDLES — Young thespians of the Needles High School Drama Club present a funny and family-friendly version of Beauty and the Beast at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21, and Friday, March 22, in the school’s auditorium along Washington Street.

“Not the Disney version,” advised Gabriela Belt, who directs both the club and its performances. “Beauty and the Beast delivers the classic story we have come to love with enough new twists and characters to keep you interested.

“Beauty’s two sisters, Babette and Begonia, and The Beast’s statue servants, bring new life to the age-old story. Beauty’s pet cow, Alan (yup, pet cow) helps us laugh through the lessons we learn throughout the play: that what is outside a person is not as important as what lies within us and that it is never a bad idea to show kindness to someone else.”

An extended basketball season and the hectic pace of spring sports and pre-graduation school activities have dictated moving the play up to March, Belt explained, “ …which means the students have had to dedicate themselves to learning their lines and staging in a shorter amount of time. We have been working on this production since January and are excited to see it come to life.”

The spring performance is exclusive to the drama club, without a supporting cast of dancers and so-on that have been featured in some of the school performances.

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