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Fitch Drama Club to perform Disney classic live

April 19, 2018
The Town Crier

Extracurricular activities are a core part of the high school experience for many teenagers. From academics to athletics to the arts, there are a number of ways students are able to immerse themselves to create friendships, work towards goals, and enjoy their time. On the stage of Austintown Fitch High School, however, one group stands out above the rest.

This weekend, the Austintown Fitch Drama Club invites the community to "be our guest" as they present Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" live at the Fitch High School Auditorium. The club performs one to two major theatrical productions each school year. With all aspects of theatre available for students to engage in such as acting, singing, dancing, set design, costume making, and tech, many find a role to contribute, take pride in, and excel at the best of their ability.

"It helps kids express themselves and feel special by giving them the proper tools necessary to show off their talents," says Dante Bernard, a junior and member of the Stage Crew. "Drama Club is [also] a haven for those who don't really seem to fit in elsewhere."

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Junior Katie Rein as Belle and senior David Varley as the Beast during a rehearsal.

What makes this year special are a number of factors. It is the club's third year under the direction of Bill Klein, a music teacher at Fitch. Klein has staged musicals of notable composers such as Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Sondheim. The production crew has used their visual talents to create a set, special effects, and costumes like no other. In reaching out to a number of local organizations through public relations, they've established goals of reaching exceptional attendance numbers for each show.

"The experiences are definitely unforgettable ones because you'll never have the same cast and crew twice; you have to savor every second because once it's over, it's really over," said senior Hannah Rosser, who plays the role of Mrs. Potts. "There's something amazing about making somebody smile in the audience."

In forming their bond, the Fitch Drama Club family has worked since August in preparation of one weekend to shine in the spotlight. Shows are Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 22 at 3 p.m. at Fitch High School, 4560 Falcon Drive, Austintown. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students, and U.S. veterans, senior citizens 65+ years old, and children 5 and under are free. Contact the director, Bill Klein, at 330-797-3900 ext. 1025 for pre-sale tickets or with any questions.

 
 

 

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