Over 160 Pearl River Middle School students began working on the spring musical, "Beauty and the Beast," with auditions in November.
Director Tom Price, who also designed the sets and costumes, felt it was important to find a role for every student who wanted to participate.
"As the director, I feel it is important to let all the kids who wish to participate be part of the show," Price said. "Middle school is such an important time in a young person's life and getting on stage allows students to build confidence and public speaking skills. The arts are so important to keep alive and theater arts lets studetns work in a fun, creative atmosphere.
"Working with the students was an absolute pleasure and I hope everyone involved had a great time."
Patch was invited to see a performance of the show for the students' Pearl River Middle School classmates Wednesday afternoon. The sold out public showings are scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. They also put on the show for elementary school students Monday morning.
Price worked on the show with Vocal Director Glyn Nixon and student director assistant Jillian Fisher, a seventh grader who has worked on the spring musical for three years.
"Jillian fisher took on the role as student director assistant and once again did a fantastic job," Price said. "Also Jean Beckerly, our parent assistant, has worked countless hours organizing and creating costume pieces for the musical. Without her the show would not be possible."