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“Beauty and the Beast” Showcases Remarkable Dedication

Kaori Lancaster sings as Belle in Beauty in the Beast.
Kira Lancaster
Kaori Lancaster sings as Belle in “Beauty in the Beast.”

Islander Middle School presented their third annual spring musical, “Beauty and the Beast,” May 19 and 20. The production is captivating, showcasing the remarkable talent and dedication of the students involved.

The cast shines in both their musical and acting skills, leaving the audience thoroughly impressed and entertained. Their ability to project their voices and emotions was commendable. It is evident that they put in a lot of effort and dedication to their roles. 

Actor Kaori Lancaster (Belle) sings with a lovely voice and tone, perhaps most notably in the cast’s beautiful rendition of the opening number. Lancaster’s powerful singing and charming presence enhances the overall experience of the musical. 

Each actor brings a unique flair to their performance. Lumière’s (played by Olivia Nicholson) well-executed French accent and the Silly Girls’ (played by Sofia Watson, Bella Liang and Shynah Sandhu) melodramatic body language are particularly noteworthy.

The costumes are high quality and well chosen, adding realism to the production. The creative team changed the sets smoothly and the lights enhanced the atmosphere of each scene. The backdrops are beautiful, creating a lively ambiance for the play.  

Avani Josyula and Sophia Mecklai, eighth graders at IMS, directed the musical and experienced a lot of hardships during the development of the play, but with a lot of hard work, the play was delivered with clarity and conviction.

“We’ve been working on it for the past five months, so it’s definitely been a lot of work,” Josyula said. “[It was] totally worth it [and] I think the hard work is what made the musical turn out so well, so I’m really glad. I was really proud of the cast for pulling it together, I think they worked really hard and it went really well.”

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Tulin Alrouk, Photography Team
Tulin Alrouk (she/her) is a sophomore at MIHS and in her second year of journalism! Last year she was a staff writer and this year she is on the photography team. In her free time, she likes to swim and play badminton. Outside of school, she enjoys playing the guitar, reading and hanging out with family and friends!
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Kira Lancaster (she/her) is a sophomore at MIHS and the Graphics Manager for The Islander. She enjoys music and dance and is part of the Mercer Island Drill Team at MIHS. Outside of school, her hobbies include drawing, writing and singing. Her favorite animal is a scorpion!

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    KiraJun 10, 2023 at 10:52 pm

    Thanks for covering this! Amazing review!

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    Kyle GerstelJun 7, 2023 at 2:11 pm

    So cute! Loved the show (and this review).

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