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Stony Point Players adjust schedule for ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ hoping to still have summer show

Stony Point Players adjust schedule for ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ hoping to still have summer show
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By James Grob, jgrob@charlescitypress.com

The Stony Point Players have postponed auditions, but the local community theater group is still hoping to put on a summer show, if it’s at all possible.

Auditions for the upcoming production of “Beauty and the Beast” were originally scheduled for April 21-25 at North Grand Auditorium. Due to the COVID-19 situation, the auditions will be pushed back and the group hopes to announce the new dates at the beginning of May.

Performance dates for the show have also been changed. Previously scheduled for June 26-28, performances have been tentatively moved to July 31, Aug. 1 and 2, the theater group announced in a press release..

“We are moving forward in a positive direction with thoughts that the coronavirus pandemic will be resolved enough to allow people to gather in groups again and therefore we can hold auditions, practices and performances,” the group said.

The statement said the Stony Point Players hope to be a part of the community’s return to normalcy once the COVID-19 situation subsides. The community theater group said the Charles City area will be looking for uplifting activities to support and participate in, and the Players are hopeful they can be a part of that.

“The Stony Point board feels that having a show this summer will be a boost for the morale of the community after a difficult time,” the release said. “It is important for us to be part of the returning to normal.”

‘Beauty and the Beast” had been announced as the Players’ summer production in January. Michelle Grob is slated to direct, with Derek Sturtevant returning as musical director. The two directed Stony Point’s production “The Wizard of Oz” in 2018 and Sturtevant assisted director Janeice Bergland last summer in Stony Point’s production of “Spamalot.”

Grob and Sturtevant also co-directed Charles City High School’s musical productions of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Cinderella” and “The Addams Family” over the last three years.

The play will require mainly high school and adult actors, but there will be several chorus parts and other roles for kids in third through eighth grades.

The Players said they encourage people to go to the Stony Point Players Facebook page for current information, with updates expected in early May.

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