The West Allis Players' rehearsals of "Beauty and the Beast" are in full swing five days a week. Director James Lentz, Jr. cast more than 90 talented individuals and we are so excited. Although other commitments meant that I could not audition, I listened to a musical rehearsal and I thought it was amazing. And this is just Week Two!
There are a number of West Allis residents in the cast, starting with Nick Zajdel who plays The Beast. Theater regulars may remember him from last year's musical, "All Shook Up."
Bobby Schmeling plays Cogsworth, Gene Schuldt is D'arque and Ryan Krueger is one of the Cronies.
These West Allis singers and dancers are part of the Ensemble: Jenny Anderson, Ashley Bruski, Anne Clark, Allison Drury, Maureen Georgesen, Tim Jesse, Catlin Koller, Allison Koller, Christian Koller, Anna Lewein, Don Mulholland, Francesca Steitz and Kristin Walters. Our board member -- and brand new West Allis resident -- Ruth Caves is our Stage Manager.
We also picked our 2009-2010 season that officially starts in the Fall. Details will be announced soon. This year we celebrate our 40th anniversary and are always so grateful for everyone who comes to see our shows. Thanks for letting us entertain you!
That is all we can say at this point about West Allis Players' auditions for "Beauty and the Beast." We had more than 200 talented people come out and we want to thank them all.
Our director, James Lentz, Jr. is now huddling with his production staff and making the very difficult decisions as to whom to cast. This will be a blockbuster show -- with a cast hovering around 80 -- and James has so many fantastic ideas.
Suffice it to say, this will be the don't miss show of the season! We open July 11. More details later.
By the way, this is our 40th anniversary and we will be announcing our 2009-2010 season very soon so stay tuned!