West Hempstead Middle School Drama Club presents ‘Beauty and the Beast Jr.’


West Hempstead Middle School’s drama club presented Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” for students, faculty and community members on Nov. 16 and 17.

Inspired by the original Broadway production, “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” is the story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, the Beast, a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress, and the lessons they teach one another about transformation and tolerance. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will be lifted and he will be become his former self. While time is quickly passing by, the Beast and his household may be doomed for all eternity unless he learns his lesson.

The casts’ performance was well-received by the audience as they transformed into the characters of Belle, Gaston, Lumiere, Cogsworth and the Beast for the production, which was directed and choreographed by West Hempstead High School alumni Michael Finn and Samantha Lee. Wearing elaborate costumes and using detailed props, the actors transported the audience to a small village in France as they performed all of the classic musical numbers in the beloved fairy tale.

The drama club would like to express their gratitude to Director of Fine Arts Ryan Emmanuel-Cooke and faculty adviser Suzanne Parker-Hall for their unconditional support and dedication to another successful production.