Summer drama camp nearly full


Photos by Penni Nugent Members of the cast recently got together at the Fourth Street Theater to go over lines and begin working on the production of Beauty and the Beast.

Director Larry Vaught gives instructions to cast members at a recent rehearsal.

The annual summer drama camp sponsored by the Russellville Arts Council will begin next week, but this year’s audition process was so successful that nearly all needed roles have already been filled.

According to director Larry Vaught, the only cast members still needed for the play are middle and high school aged boys. All other spots for the camp have already been filled.

The cost of the camp will be $25 which includes a souvenir T-shirt, two free tickets for parents, and money toward a cast party. Any boys wishing to take part should come to Russellville High School on Monday morning at 8 a.m.

This year’s production will be Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr. There will be three performances, one on Friday, June 26 and two on Saturday, June 27, at the deGraffenreid Auditoriam at RHS.

Featuring songs from the Academy Award-winning animated feature, this stage version includes music by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice.

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

With many fun supporting roles allowing students to play objects inside the castle – Cogsworth the clock, Lumiere the candelabra, and a host of others – as well as opportunities to expand the cast by adding villagers, servants (including dancing flatware), and narrators, this “tale as old as time” is filled with spectacular costume and set opportunities.

For more information, please call Director, Larry Vaught at 270-977-5823 and check on more details at Russellville Arts Council on Facebook.

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