DLT prepares for a beautiful production

The Duncan Little Theatre will be presenting a production of “Beauty and the Beast” on Feb. 19-20 and 26-27 at the Simmons Center for their spring musical. Four Duncan High School students will have parts in this production: senior Christen Belford, senior Lizzie Miller, junior Rebekah Kafer and freshman Courtney Davis.

This musical is designed after the Disney movie, “Beauty and the Beast” but with more scenes.

Belford plays the role of the Sugar Bowl in the ensemble. She also has smaller parts, such as a mob member that is after the beast and a villager selling flowers.

“As a magical character [Sugar Bowl], I am very whimsical,” Belford said.

This is Belford’s second musical for Duncan Little Theatre and her fifth production overall.

“Last spring I was in ‘Sound of Music,’” Belford said. “‘Beauty and the Beast’ is more energetic. The sugar bowl is more lighthearted and magical as opposed to other roles I’ve played, such as a nun.”

Kafer plays the role of a villager, wolf, napkin and member of the ensemble. This is her fourth production, and all have been for Duncan Little Theatre.

“I’m in a lot more scenes in this one,” Kafer said. “From the opening in the village, to fighting as a wolf, to dancing as an enchanted object, it’s just a really fun show with some great people.”

Davis and Miller are both members of the ensemble, plates and villagers.

A lot of work has gone into this show, and the cast members have had rehearsals every night, with the exception of Wednesdays, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. and rehearse and build the set all day on Saturdays.

“It is extremely time consuming. I have missed many club meetings, sports events, family events and other functions, but it’s all worth sacrificing,” Belford said. “All of my fellow cast members are very professional, and we don’t miss rehearsal unless we are ill.”

The cast members paint and build all of the set themselves. Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. they rehearse, and from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. they paint the set.

“There’s tons of practices,” Kafer said. “Every night almost from January through February. So, it basically takes away any Friday night plans I could want for two months.”

This play is very upbeat and magical, which the cast members have enjoyed.

“[My favorite part of the play is] the fact that I am part of a Disney production,” Belford said. “I love Disney, and the people in the show are so professional, yet friendly. It’s a big family.”