If you or your children did not make it to one of the four performances of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” over the weekend you missed another opportunity to fall in love with the arts at our very own Wallace State Community College.

The ‘Year of the Arts’ took another leap toward the stars with the Wallace State Theatre’s production under the direction of Lauren Cantrell. Miss Cantrell’s casting with Jordan Ratliff as the beautiful Belle, Sy Shaver as Lefou and Lee Murphy as Lumiere was brilliant, but it took many more to make this show come together. Over 30 cast members created an energetic ensemble of song and dance unrivaled in Cullman County and beyond. The crew aptly maneuvered the college created sets while backstage the dressers tackled the job of transforming the ensemble into teapots, clocks, and plates to mention a few of the spectacular costumes. In the pit, accompanying this live performance was the Wallace State Orchestra conducted by our very own, Ricky Burks. The 14 musicians brought the newly refurbished Betty Leeth Haynes Theatre to life with their overture and then full-length support with the familiar melodies by Alan Menken. 

All of this, in addition to the opening of the Evelyn Burrows Fine Arts Center, the Glenn Miller Orchestra performances, and the new Theatre and Dance department come under the leadership of Dr. Vicki Hawsey. Bravo to all of those involved in kicking off this next “Decade of the Arts” in Cullman County.

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