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'Beauty and the Beast' pitch in for Arlington Relay March 3

Arlington High School Drama Department students rehearse for their Saturday, March 3, performance of
Arlington High School Drama Department students rehearse for their Saturday, March 3, performance of 'Beauty and the Beast.' Back row from left, Christian Sanchez, Elizabeth Sande, Angelo Mirante, Chelsey Kucera, Connor Ghirardo, Reece Lamie and Branden Malme. Front row from left, Grace McWatters, Austin McFadden and Baily Hudson.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Andrea Conley.

ARLINGTON — As part of the Arlington Relay For Life's "Paint the Town Purple" event on Saturday, March 3, the Arlington High School Drama Department will offer an opportunity for children to have their pictures taken with characters from "Beauty and the Beast."

The play's student performers will be in costume as Belle, the Beast, Cogsworth and other characters, ready to pose for pictures with part of the stage design as a backdrop, from 1-4 p.m. in either Magnolia Hall or at the corner of Olympic Avenue and Third Street.

AHS drama teacher Scott Moberly explained that fulfilling a public community service requirement is part of being a drama club member.

"This will offer the drama students a chance to give back to their community by making it a better place to live," Moberly said.

The fee is $5 per picture, and the funds raised will be donated to the Arlington Relay For Life.

The AHS Drama Department is presenting "Beauty and the Beast" in the Linda M. Byrnes Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. on March 2, 3, 9 and 10, with a 1 p.m. matinee on March 10.

The cast includes Josiah Miller as the Beast, Baily Hudson as Belle, Justin O'Hara as Gaston, Austin McFadden as Lumiere, Nathan Haskew as Cogsworth, Andrew Clark as Maurice, Kelsey Ghirardo as Madame Grand Bouche and Lexi Lewis as Mrs. Potts.

Tickets are available through the Performing Arts Center website at www.byrnesperformingarts.org, at ticket prices of $12 for adults and $8 for children, students, seniors and Golden Eagle members.

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