Stage set for one of Brindley's biggest productions

By BY ADELAIDE FLETCHER,

The stage at the MDAA’s Brindley Theater is a whirl of activity as dozens of actors sing and dance their way through Beauty & The Beast rehearsals. 

Tickets are going fast for the 8 performances beginning Thursday, June 20.

Director Eddie Donahoe and musical director John Weiss are putting the final touches on the colorful scenes for the two-act production. 

The Disney musical is alive with fabulous costumes and intricate sets that are sure to bring to MDAA audiences a night to remember.

Behind the stage there are many volunteers involved in making sure that every minute detail is perfect. 

Consider the props. Did you ever wonder where the guns were or how did they get that basket of eggs? 

Well it is all carefully gathered, labeled, and placed in a strategic location for accessibility.  Veteran prop mistress, Nancy Woods, knows all too well how to get the job done. 

Nancy and her committee, Karla Bellipanni, Sage Schaumberg and Emily Shafer have gathered more than two dozen props for Beauty & The Beast.

Donahoe has designed the clever set for this production.  Hundreds of man-hours are spent in not only building the set, but making sure it will move into place properly.

The elaborate set for Beauty & The Beast comes in many parts and has been primed, painted and custom decorated for each scene. 

Working with Eddie on set construction are Wallace Skelton, Don Sykes, Alex Sykes. Dorothy Sykes, Nick Larsen, Jacob Hatfield, Regina Gammill, Lee Hargett and Emily Shafer.

Every musical needs musicians!  John Weiss is directing Jackie Burkhalter on the piano and Marsha Wooten and Melissa Alexander on keyboards for Beauty & The Beast. 

Assisting Dr. Weiss as Vocal Coach is his wife, Dr. Cheryl Weiss. 

Sound and lights are high tech now and MDAA’s stage is set with the latest in lighting technology.  Jimmy Gammill, Wallace Skelton and Don Sykes have worked tirelessly to make sure each scene is fully visible to the audience and that every word can be heard throughout the theater.

Leanne Silverblatt is the choreographer for Beauty & The Beast…….and she has created clever dances for each act of  this show. 

With more than 18 years of dance instruction and 40 years with MDAA, Leanne brings to the stage professional numbers that are sure to impress! 

Tickets for Beauty & The Beast are on sale at The Crown in Indianola or the MDAA website, www.mid-deltaarts.org.  You can also call 662-887-4522 for ticket information. 

Beauty & The Beast opens Thursday, June 20 at 7 pm with additional performances June 21, 22, 25-28 at 7 pm and Sunday, June 23 at 2 pm.

Beauty & The Beast is the finally production for the 2018-2019 season.

Plans are almost complete for the next season and you will be receiving Patron information this summer. 

For more than 40 years the Mid-Delta Arts Association has brought to the Delta area hundreds of productions. 

Patron support helps to continue to bring music and theater to our communities.

Please join the MDAA for the 2019-20 season as a Patron, on stage as an actor or behind the scenes.

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