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Key staff members of the musical production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” from left, are Kimberli Rowley, choreographer; John Hawkins, music director and producer; and Tom Valentine, director.

KEYSER, W.Va. — Director Tom Valentine recently announced the production staff for the upcoming musical production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.”

Potomac State College of West Virginia University will once again host the show with performances slated for March 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. and March 14 and 21 at 2:30 p.m.

The musical will feature nearly 40 cast members, a live 10-piece orchestra, with costumes and special effects that should please the audience.

“The transformation of the beast into the prince is the key,” said Valentine. “We will duplicate the Broadway illusion so it should definitely be a ‘wow’ factor.”

Most of the production team has worked on “Cats,” “Chicago” and “The Wizard of Oz” and brings much dedication and professionalism to the production.

The staff will include John Hawkins, music director; Kimberli Rowley, choreographer; Rod Horning, stage manager; Kathy Ludwick, lighting designer; Laurie Clem, Danise Whitlock and Kandi Llewellyn, costumers; Marlin Robinson, Will Myers and David Bowers, set consruction; Jill Baldinger, Mike Baldinger and Kandi Llewellyn, scenic artistis; Ken Nolan, sound designer; Lynn Robinson, props; and Debi Cruse, publicity.

Hawkins is also serving as producer and said, “we had over 12,00 people see ‘The Wizard of Oz’ last year and hope to rival that figure again. ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is one of Disney’s most popular stories and follows the animated movie version closely. It has all of the characters that you would expect: Belle, the Beast, Gaston, Mrs. Potts, Chip ... they’ll all be there.”

Tickets are now on sale and may be obtained by calling (304) 788-6863.

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