Beauty and the Beast - A MacArthur Musical Masterpiece
For four days, the MacArthur High School Auditorium was transformed into a Disney wonderland, as over 80 students participated in the fall musical production of Beauty and the Beast. With performances nightly from November 16-18 and two special matinees on November 15th and 18th, the cast, crew and pit orchestra members proved themselves to be talented performers with incredible stamina. Seniors Camilla Montoya ("Belle") and Anthony Bologna ("Beast") touched the hearts of so many audience members, as they proved that love really can conquer all. Other notable performances from seniors Andrew Zabatta ("Gaston"), Jared Schwartz ("Cogsworth"), JoeyCalvo ("Maurice"), and Stephanie Schwartz ("Wardrobe") left the audience laughing and crying, often simultaneously. "Be Our Guest," the first act show stopper, literally stopped the show, as scene stealer Jake Schauder's "Lumiere" and the entire cast performed the iconic song which brought forth thunderous applause from an appreciative audience who was delighted and surprised by the spectacle on stage and the confetti shot their way at the end. In Act II, Isabella Vasile-Cozzo's melodic version of "Beauty and the Beast" left nary a dry eye in the audience. At the end of Act II, the Beast transforms into a p rince, in a scene that was incredibly heartbreaking, as an emotional Belle thought she was losing her love, only to be reunited with him in human form. As with most Disney tales, everyone lives happily ever after in the end; but no one was happier than the audience members who were on their feet well before the first cast members appeared on stage for bows.