By Susan Johnson
Rockford Auburn High School Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) will present Beauty and the Beast at 7:30 p.m., May 17, 18 and 19, with 2 p.m. matinee performances May 19 and 20. The school is at 5110 Auburn St., Rockford.
The Rock River Times spoke with Adam Ball, student producer, who also plays “The Beast.”
TRRT: How did you decide to do this particular play?
Ball: They decided to do it because it’s a fun show, and people enjoy seeing it. It would bring in an audience.
TRRT: Who is starring in the CAPA version?
Ball: Belle is being played by junior Hannah Poorman. I’m the Beast.
TRRT: What songs will be featured?
Ball: All the songs from the Disney movie, including the award-winning “Beauty and the Beast” and “Be Our Guest” — including new songs that were added to the Broadway classic.
TRRT: So, this play is based on the Disney version rather than the original French tale?
Ball: It’s definitely the Disney version. The full title is Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. It has the same characters where people play the objects.
TRRT: What is the impression you would like audiences to get from this play?
Ball: The main message is it’s a fun show. Everyone knows the story of Beauty and the Beast — don’t judge a book by its cover. Take people as they are. What we’re really looking for is that people have a good night of entertainment.
Tickets are $5 on the Thursday preview night and $8 each day afterward. Tickets can be purchased by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org; phone at (815) 966-3300; or online at www.seatyourself.biz/auburncapa.
From the May 16-22, 2012, issue