The St. Pius X drama company, Pius Players, will present its annual spring musical March 6-10 in the Msgr. Terry Young Center for Performing Arts on campus. Under the direction of Director of Theatre Bonnie E. Spark, the company will perform Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. All shows begin at 7 p.m. with a matinee performance on March 10 at 2 p.m.
“This is one of the most popular family musicals ever written, and in many ways, it is far more complicated than other Pius Players’ productions. There are numerous scene and costume changes which create a much higher degree of difficulty,” Spark said.
The original Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast opened in 1994 at the Palace Theatre and is the eighth-longest running production in Broadway history and the longest running production in the history of both the Palace Theatre and the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre where it closed its run in July of 2007. Atlanta native Kenny Raskin, the actor who played Le Fou in the original Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast, formerly taught workshops at St. Pius X in the 1990s.
Assisting Spark in the direction of the production is Assistant Director of Theatre Amy Williams (‘85) with musical direction by Clay Causey and choreography by Clay McCloud. John Favier and the St. Pius X student tech crew provides the technical direction of each performance in the Young Center.
Tickets for the performances go on sale Monday, Feb. 25 and are $10.