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Students perform “Human Again” from Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” on the Superior High School Performing Arts Center stage Wednesday. They are, left to right, Michelle Tesarek as Mrs. Potts, fifth-grader Naomi McLennon as Chip, Trey Sorenson as Cogsworth and Chandler Oja as Lumiere. The show will be performed May 9-11 at the school. (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

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Superior High School thespians are inviting everyone to be their guest for a serving of music and magic during a four-run performance of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” The show includes new songs, more dialogue and a host of creative costumes. Co-director Cheri Tesarek encouraged everyone to come “for the great songs, cool costumes and good message that true beauty is found within.”

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The story centers on a prince and his servants, who have been turned into a beast and enchanted objects by a spell. Only true love can break the spell and turn them human again. The musical offers audience members a different experience from watching the movie, said senior Haley Siers, who plays the role of Belle.

“There’s a lot more humor in it,” she said. “And it’s real.”

While main character costumes will be rented, it has fallen to Tesarek, students and parent volunteers to design and create costumes for the enchanted objects. Packing from a washing machine coupled with a sheet and plastic flowers turned a student into a flower vase Wednesday. Napkins, dishes and a candelabrum sprang to life on the Performing Arts Center stage, harmonizing about the chance to be “Human Again.” Tree-clad performers provided a living backdrop for a scene in the woods.

A total of 43 students take roles in the production, including eight elementary school students playing cups and saucers. Members of the Superior High School dance line have stepped up for parts as wolves and dancing napkins. Coordinating schedules has been one of the big challenges for rehearsals, Tesarek said.

Siers, a member of the Spartan Singers, said she’s always wanted to be a Disney princess. She was last seen on the high school stage as the Queen of Hearts in “Alice in Wonderland.”

“I’ve played a bunch of sassy roles,” Siers said, but Belle is more sweet than sassy. She said the audience will enjoy show-stoppers like “Be Our Guest” and the magic of seeing objects come to life.

“The greatest joy with this show has been working with the singers,” Tesarek said. “There are so many strong voices this year, particularly male voices. ‘Maison DeLunes’ features a trio of guys that are awesome.

“Another nice thing is that three of our leads are seniors who have never been in one of our spring productions,” Tesarek said. Along with Siers, Joe Tenny plays the part of Gaston and Chandler Oja shines as the candelabrum Lumiere.

 “I hope the community will ‘be our guest’ and support our program by coming to watch these very talented students,” Tesarek said.

“Beauty and the Beast” will be performed at 7 p.m. May 9, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. May 10 and 1 p.m. May 11 in the Superior High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for students K-12. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time from students and the school treasurer’s office. Tickets will also be available at the door. Proceeds go back into the budget to fund the next show. 

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