"This was the right year and the right time," to do a fairy-tale, musical director Jessica McDonough said. The musical has also been a labor of love for the students and the staff.
The program reads "The only guarantee with Wayne County weather is that there are no guarantees!" That statement rings true during the dress rehearsal for the Honesdale Middle School production of Beauty and the Beast.
"We started casting the show in the end of September," she said. And they haven't stopped working since.
The cast and staff have "been a dream to work with" and pulled together to make this show a reality.
Wayne Highlands School District cancelled classes in response to widespread power outages caused by Hurricane Sandy, which put a major kink in rehearsal for the show.
With the lack of rehearsal time, "the administration has been wonderful,' by allowing the students in the production to be excused from classes to run through the show. Even with the storm, McDonough says it brought with it a "good opportunity to take stock of how a community can come together."
The show also showcases a lot of new talent in the leading roles, with only Cogsworth being played by a veteran performer.
"This really is a talented group," she said.
The show will have special showings today for the lucky students of the Damascus Elementary School, Preston Elementary School and the fifth graders of Lakeside.
Tonight, the cast will take the stage at 7 p.m. for their first show in the High School auditorium.
There will be one more show Saturday night, also at 7 p.m., for the last chance to take in the show. There will be a charge for admission, with senior citizens admitted free.
McDonough encourages everyone to come and see the show because it's "a classic story we can all relate to, it's just timeless." She also thanks the directing staff, volunteers and the administration for helping make the show possible.