Beauty and the Beast lights up the stage at Eastern View

Senior Amelia Elias plays the part of Belle (the Beauty) in Eastern View’s musical version of Beauty and the Beast playing this weekend.
Photo by Ian Chini


According to director Jeff Walker it is purely coincidental that Disney’s Beauty and the Beast opened a week before Eastern View will present their musical version this weekend.

Dress rehearsals were ongoing this week in preparation for their four performances starting Thursday and continuing through Saturday. Friday morning some 800 of the county’s elementary students will be treated to this tale of the young girl who takes her father’s place in a magical castle where love ultimately weaves its spell. In the meantime, the castle’s inhabitants have now been turned into teapots and cups, clocks and candlesticks. Costuming is fun and colorful.

Senior Amelia Elias plays the part of Belle, the young Beauty who finds herself in the enchanted castle dealing with the likes of the Beast, played by Justin Flemming. Her voice is lovely and her charisma on stage will no doubt be very appealing.

Projected images on two large screens on either side of the stage provide realism as her father Maurice (Justin Keller) wanders lost in the woods or we laugh at the antics of  Cogsworth and Lumiere (Jacob Flemming and Ben Walser) looking very much at home in one of the grand rooms of the castle. Walser is particularly charming with a French accent and ‘no hands’ – those being replaced by flames.

Belle’s likely beau Gaston, played by Everest Head, is ever frustrated at her lack of interest in him.

This is Eastern View Theatre’s first Disney show and features a cast and crew of 30.

It is directed and produced by Jeff Walker. Music direction is by Tiffany Richtarski.

As an aside, before Disney’s 1991 version of Beauty and the Beast and the blockbuster hit now playing there is another version that is worth the watch. In 1946, Jean Couteau produced ‘La Belle et la Bete’ in France. It is a hauntingly beautiful black and white version in French with subtitles. With none of today’s technology, the effects are magical.

If you go

Beauty and the Beast

Eastern View High School Auditorium

Thursday, March 23 at 7 p.m.

Friday, March 24 at 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 25 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $12/adults and $6/students and children. Available at the door, half hour before showtime.

Contact Jeff Walker at or 540-825-0621, ext. 2332

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Featured Cast:

Justin Flemming, Beast

Amelia Elias, Beauty

Everest Head, Gaston

Dawson Naccarato, Le Fou

Justin Keller, Maurice

Jacob Flemming, Cogsworth

Ben Walser, Lumiere

Aryana Henson, Babette

Adora Txakeeyang, Mrs. Potts

Lina Quaynor, Chip

Hannah Vernon, Madame de la Grande Bouche



Zach Eick

Caroline Dwyer

Sarah Elizabeth Cross

Cyndee Croft

Annie Laybourne

Will Carness

Preston Bromley

Destini Hight

Sarah Stewart

Kaitlyn Dickerson

Shanice Rose

Brianna Hobbs

Kimberly Resau

Kelsey Aguirre

Emily Berry

Olivia Ivory

Erica Veazey

Taryn Pullen

Stacey Appelt

Aeron Spencer

Kady Wolfe

Kirsten Ferlazzo

Olivia Ivory

Kady Wolfe

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