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Darien Students Build Disney Magic

George Moore and his fellow set builders were hard at work while most of their classmates were off celebrating February break. They are getting ready for Darien High School's production of "Beauty and the Beast," based on the Disney animated film.

"We've been working on this for close to a month and a half," said Moore, who runs one of the crews building sets for the musical. The vast production includes about eight large pieces, including grand arches, castle wings and a grand staircase for the final fight scene.

"It's definitely one of the more interesting sets I've worked on," he said. A senior, Moore has worked on Theatre 308's productions for three years, since the production of "Les Miserables" when he was a sophomore.

While the crew builds the sets and prepares for the technical side of the show, the actors are hard at work preparing their lines. Paris LaRock plays one of the Silly Girls, a group of women who fawn over the play's villain, Gaston.

"We've stayed pretty much true to the movie. There's a couple new songs, but it's basically the 'Beauty and the Beast' you know and love," LaRock said. With its costumes and set pieces, the show is one of the most extensive LaRock has worked on.

Though the production has been delayed by snow days, everybody is working overtime to catch up. The actors and the technical crew expect to be staying until 11 p.m. or midnight every night as the premiere approaches. "It's a big time commitment. It starts with a small time commitment, but as it gets closer to the show, there's more work to do. But it's a lot of fun," Moore said.

The show will open at Darien High School on Thursday, March 24, with shows Friday evening, March 25, and a matinee and evening show on Saturday, March 26.

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