‘Beauty and the Beast’ enchants at Harlandale Middle School

Harlandale Middle School students received a standing ovation from the Harlandale community! Students, teachers, staff members, family and friends were delighted with the “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” musical, presented by theatre and choir students at the school’s auditorium on May 31.

The musical was directed by HMS Theatre Director Christopher Geer and HMS Choir Director Sarah Arce, and the art set was designed by HMS Art Teacher Amy Jones.

The cast, teachers and production staff worked incredibly hard to bring this beloved classic to life.

When Arce learned that HMS was getting a theatre program this year, she jumped to the idea of doing a musical.

“I’ve been wanting to do this for a while, so I got a little emotional,” Arce said. “At first, the students were a little reluctant, but now to see them accomplish something like this and receive such a positive reception from parents, teachers and younger generations, it’s really fulfilling to see.”

Seventh-grader Olivia Garces beautifully captured the sweet nature of Belle. Meanwhile, eighth-grader Roy Ayala charmed as the Beast. The entire cast shined just as much as the lead actors, providing lively energy throughout the entire play.

“I’m super proud of them, they did a great job,” Geer said. “We’ve never had a theatre program for middle school students before, so it made me kind of choke up because the kids started to cry on stage while taking their bows. For a lot of these kids, this is the only outlet they have to be creative, so it’s great for them to get that feedback and know that their hard work is appreciated.”

Congratulations students for making this “tale as old as time” a success!

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