BECKLEY — This weekend, Woodrow Wilson High School thespians will wow audiences with a tale as old as time. The much-anticipated “Beauty and the Beast” opens Saturday, presented in 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. shows, and will run Jan. 17, 18, 19 with 7 p.m. showtimes. Music teacher Dawn McGinnis said this year’s production will be the largest, most complex and visually stunning the area has seen from the school. Including technicians, around 100 students will be involved in this year’s production of the Disney classic. In addition to a pit orchestra, additional musical instruments and sounds will be generated through OrchExtra, equipment that is expected to make the play sound larger than life. Sophomore Tristan Vaughan will take on the role of the Beast opposite Hannah Wood as Belle. McGinnis welcomes the public to attend. To provide a donation to help the school cover the cost of production or to purchase tickets, call 304-256-4646, extension 7129, during school hours, or 681-220-8108 after hours. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. All shows will be held in the Woodrow Wilson High School Auditorium on Stanaford Road.
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