Local beauties and a beast star in NWFSC mini-musical


Daniel Thornton of Baker as “the Beast” rehearses with Jordan Van Dyke of Niceville as “Beauty” in the Sprint Theater at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center.

NWFSC / Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Monday, June 30, 2014 at 01:29 PM.

NICEVILLE — Cast members from throughout the county, including leads from Crestview and Baker, populate the Camp Glee production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.”

The mini-musical unfolds July 3 for two free public performances on the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Sprint Theater stage at Northwest Florida State College.

The fully costumed production is the culmination of a summer intensive workshop for students in eighth-grade through college who trained under college faculty in acting, voice, makeup, dance and staging.

Local actors include Daniel Thornton of Baker as the prince and the beast, Wesley Bowers of Crestview as Gaston, and Liberty Sites of Baker and Sydney Murchison of Crestview as narrators.

Rayesa Davis of Crestview plays the old woman/enchantress who casts the spell on the prince, transforming him into the hideous beast as his castle servants slowly morph into household objects.

Other area thespians include Crestview’s Ariel Schesniak, Shania Weatherford and Mercy Pettis; Baker’s Allie DuPree; Mossy Head’s McKenzie Nall; and DeFuniak Springs’ Sarah Evans.

Now in its 17th year, the Camp Glee program allows youth the opportunity to train and perform at the state-of-the-art facilities of the college's Fine and Performing Arts complex.

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