By Gwendolyn Fruehauf, SGI Student Reporter
Time and time again, without fail, the students from Springville high school put on a show full of magic and spirit. And it’s that time of year.
On Friday, March 16 at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 17 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, March 18 at 2 p.m., SGI presents Beauty and the Beast in the high school auditorium.
Beauty and the Beast tells the story of Belle, a girl out of place in her small town, wanting more than a small provincial life. When Belle comes to face-to-face with a beast after she goes to find her father, she finds herself a prisoner in the Beast’s castle. Soon, she is forced to make a decision: shut the Beast out or open her mind to the possibility of accepting him for who he is? Time is running out. Will Belle leave the Beast behind or will she find a way to love the Beast, and ultimately save him in the end?
Auston Bus, a senior, plays the Beast. Although this is only his second year participating in the musical, he has made enough memories to last him forever.
Bus says that after he graduates, he will always remember the jokes that go along with each musical. He said, “Being able to make jokes about a character that you played is the most fun thing ever.”
But his favorite memory from this year focused on a more serious note. “As a personal experience, getting through my solo for the first time, one hundred percent, with no mistakes, was just awesome,” Bus said. “Now I feel like I can really make this happen.”
When you play a character in a production, you must learn to connect with it on a certain level. And connecting with your character… you learn to love who they are, what they do, and where they’re going.
As for Bus, his favorite part about playing the Beast is the songs he gets to sing. He also loves doing the wolf scenes.
Mallory Robel is also a senior. She has been doing the school musical for years, long before she even got to high school.
Robel says that the reason she originally decided to do the musical is because her family is very musical, and this was the next step in following in their footsteps.. However, Robel had an entirely different reason for coming back each year.
“It’s really the teamwork aspect of it. Everyone is out to help everybody and we’re really just one big family. It’s a really fun crowd to be around,” Robel said.
In the musical, Robel plays Belle, a character she says is so much fun to play.
“I like that Belle isn’t a princess. She isn’t a damsel. I like that she’s the one who saves him in the end,” she said. “She’s a strong woman.”
As for her favorite part about playing Belle, Mallory said, “I can definitely relate to her love of reading.”
When asked what her favorite musical memory from this year was, Robel smiled and said, “There are just so many. I can’t decide.”
So much time is put into making the show happen. When asked if it’s totally worth it in the end, Bus answered, “I would say one hundred percent. The payout is always amazing, especially because there are a lot of people who are trying so hard for it to be amazing.”
Come and see a tale of dreams. A tale of spirit and unexpected love. A tale of determination and courage. Come and see… a tale as old as time.
Tickets can be purchased for all shows at www.springvillegi.org.