Mira Mesa High School’s spring musical, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, directed by MMHS theatre instructor Daniel Kriley, takes the stage March 15 – 23 in the MMHS Theatre. Due to all performances of the show selling out ahead of opening night, the MMHS Theatre Program will be livestreaming performances to the MMHS library media center. People will be able to purchase a livestream ticket for $5 at the theatre box office and will be directed to the media center so they can watch it there. For more information see www.miramesatheatre.org.

The show features a cast of approximately 60 students, with 50 in the technical crew and 32 in the pit orchestra. Parent volunteers get into the act in a variety of ways, including helping create costumes and sets, and fundraising. It’s a massive – and expensive — undertaking to put on a production of this scope.

“We are especially grateful for the grant from the Mira Mesa High School Foundation,” Daniel Kriley said.

Performance dates and times are: Friday, March 15, 7pm; Saturday, March 16 (Alumni Night), 6pm; Thursday, March 21, 6pm; Friday, March 22, 7pm; and Saturday, March 23, 2pm and 7pm.

The tale begins with a French Prince (Chase Lowary), whose selfishness caused a curse (which can only be broken through true love), turning himself into a Beast and his servants into various enchanted objects. A man named Maurice (Aeriel Suarez) stumbles upon the castle and meets the servants, Lumiere (Nathan Taylor), Cogsworth (Brandon Cunningham), Mrs.Potts (Kyra Kasner), Chip (Brenna Miller), and Babette (Katrina Bautista), but is then imprisoned by the beast for his invasion. In Maurice’s village his daughter, Belle (Abie Songco), resides and is troubled by Gaston’s (John Kwiatkowski) aggressive courting encouraged by his ally, Lefou (Trevin Lebbie). In search for Belle’s father she discovers the castle and sacrifices herself to replace her father as prisoner. With time running out the Beast needs to fall in love, but who would love an ugly beast?

Many Mira Mesans obviously do love the tale. All six performances of Beauty and the Beast in the theater have completely sold out in advance. “This is setting all records in ticket sales and being sold out a week before we even open,” Kriley said.