SVC Players to Present Broadway Musical 'Disney's Beauty and the Beast' Feb. 15-18

by Public Relations | Jan 11, 2018

Jan. 11, 2018

Saint Vincent College Players will present four performances of the fairy-tale-like Broadway musical, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, Friday, Feb. 16, and Saturday, Feb. 17, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, in the Performing Arts Center of the Robert S. Carey Student Center on the campus of Saint Vincent College.

A special after-the-show cabaret will be featured after the Saturday evening performance on Feb. 17 when all theatre patrons will be invited to meet the director and cast, and also enjoy complimentary snacks and refreshments.

Beauty and the Beast tells the story of a cold-blooded prince who has been magically transformed into an unsightly creature as punishment for his selfish ways. To revert into his true human form, the Beast must first earn the love of a bright, beautiful young woman, whom he has imprisoned in his enchanted castle before the last rose petal falls. This musical features the notable songs, “Home,” “Gaston,” “Be Our Guest,” “If I Can’t Love Her” and the theme song, “Beauty and the Beast.”

The production is directed by Greggory Brandt, Saint Vincent Director of Stage and Summer Theatre. It also features choreography by Renata Marino, music direction by Dr. Thomas Octave, set designs by Christopher Plummer and costumes by Beth Shari.

“Beauty and the Beast first premiered on Broadway in 1994 and has been a favorite among many families and theatre fans ever since,” Brandt commented.  “This magical music was written by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken and patterns after the successful animated film of the same title in 1991.This extraordinary musical had a prolific Broadway career (more than 5,400 performances) and the beautifully-crafted story continues to enchant audiences the world over. We have such a fabulous core of talent here that this musical was the obvious choice. Come and witness this talent for yourself and you’re certain to enjoy the production.”

The all-student cast for Beauty and the Beast includes Taylor Hanson, a senior biology major from Greensburg, as Belle; Mitchell Farrell, a senior accounting major from Lower Burrell, as the Beast; John Wojtechko, senior communication major from Crescent, as Lumière; Robert Howard, a senior mathematics major from Ellicott City, Maryland, as Cogsworth; Jennifer Haseleu, a senior biochemistry major from Coraopolis, as Mrs. Potts; Anthony Massetto, a junior music performance major from Murrysville, as Gaston; Danny Carlineo, a junior mathematics major from Nottingham, Maryland, as LeFou; Tressa Holodnik, a senior bioinformatics major from Pittsburgh (15235), as Babette; Robert Mangan, a senior political science major from Douglassville, as Maurice; Alison Boyer, a junior integrated science major from Jefferson, Maryland, as Chip; Johanna Philips, a sophomore environmental science major from Baden, as Madame de la Grande Bouche; Cameron Brennan, a junior communication major from East Earl, as Monsieur D'Arque; and Caroline Nelson, a freshman psychology major from Jefferson, Maryland,  Kathleen O’Reilly, a junior communication major from Johnstown and Maria Fetty, a sophomore history education major from Pittsburgh (15228), as Silly Girls.

The female ensemble includes Taylor Berardi, a freshman mathematics education major from Altoona; Micaela Kreuzwieser, a sophomore English major from Canfield, Ohio; Gwen Murray, a freshman psychology major from Tunkhannock; Emily Samosuk, a freshman criminology, law and society major from Westminster, Maryland; Rachel Mattica, a junior history major from New Brighton; Christine Kovac, a junior chemistry major from Annapolis, Maryland; Moira Sullivan, a freshman anthropology major from Waldorf, Maryland; Emily Joseph, a junior criminology, law and society major from Brooklyn, New York; Evelyn Brazil, a junior international business major from Pittsburgh (15212), Amanda Moyher, a freshman English major from New Derry; Taylor Millslagle, a junior early childhood education major from Scottdale; Morgan Casto, a sophomore biology major from Johnstown; Jordan Wenturine, a sophomore computing and information science major from Nicktown; Kat Straatmann,a sophomore biology major from Washington Missouri; Nicole Reyes, a freshman undecided major from Pittsburgh (15216); Paisley Adams, a junior art education major from Ligonier; Arielle Kreuzwieser, a freshman graphic design major from Canfield, Ohio; Maggie Hines, a freshman undecided major from Pittsburgh (15236); Kolony Miller, a sophomore English major from Latrobe; Marisa O’Dell, a junior undecided major from Vienna, Ohio; Maria Franey, a junior biochemistry major from Export; and Gina Johnston, a junior English major from Blairsville.

The male ensemble includes Joel Knepshield, a sophomore management major from Leechburg; Matthew Wojtechko, a sophomore computing and information science major from Crescent; Logan Nawrocki, a senior accounting major from New Castle; Ian Mori, a junior management major from Latrobe;  Michael Marinchak, a junior engineering science major from Latrobe; Timothy Morris, a freshman biology major from Ebensburg; Nick Pietrusinski, a freshman mathematics major from Monroeville; Kyle Watson, a freshman integrated science major from Gwynn Oak, Maryland; Justin Hoffman, a sophomore biology major from North Huntingdon; Michael Doelling, a sophomore history major from Latrobe; Anthony Horner, a senior English major from Ligonier; Philip Montalbano, a junior finance major from New Kensington; Eddie Kunz, a junior international business major from Cranberry Township; and Phillip Johnson III, a sophomore mathematics and engineering major from Monaca.

The dancers include Rachel Keller, a freshman undecided major from Saint Marys; Anna Sowinski, a junior management major from Scottdale; Jenni Urban, a senior environmental science major from Glassport; Joyelle Gaines, a senior psychology major from San Antonio, Texas; Alanna Hernandez, a freshman middle grade education major from Columbia, Maryland; Cleona Helton, a senior communication major from Pittsburgh (15207); Sarina Chase, a junior integrated science major from Monroeville; Naomi Burke, a senior marketing major from Venetia; Maria Beecher, a senior biology major from Milford, Connecticut; Rachel Seamans,a sophomore psychology major from New Castle; Shelby Cardillo a sophomore accounting major from Murrysville; and Emily Samosuk a freshman criminology, law and society major from Westminster, Maryland.

Tressa Holodnik serves as the production’s dance captain.

General admission tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children 12 years of age and younger. They are available in advance by contacting the box office at 724-537-8900. They will also be available at the door on the day and evening of each performance.

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