Montverde Academy had the great opportunity of having representatives from the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts anonymously adjudicate all performances of MVA’s 2nd semester theatrical production of Beauty and the Beast.  Through the adjudication process,several MVA drama students were nominated for “2015 Applause Awards” for their performances in the play.  MVA’s adaptation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast ran from Wednesday March 4th to Friday March 6 at 7:00 P.M. (and on Saturday, March 7th at 2:00 P.M), inside the Sandra O. Stephens Fine Arts Auditorium, and was presented through a special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

According to Mr. Adrian Ahern, Theatre Arts teacher, and director of MVA’s  Beauty and the Beast, “We were hoping to get some professional feedback but additionally had some students receive nominations for their performance. MVA was nominated from a host of Central Florida high schools for: Outstanding Technical Achievement, Outstanding Overall Design, Outstanding Set Design, Outstanding Lighting Design as well as our student nominations: Jake Labrador and Imani Doyle for Outstanding Lead Performers; Alexander LaPlante, Kevin McDonnell, Juliet Lochead, Carlyn Rosario, John Holton, Madison (Rose) Tremarco, and Aiden Bjortved were all nominated for Outstanding Supporting Performers; Jake Waitman, Zach Waitman, Gabriel Sementari, and Hugo Hollander for Outstanding Dancer; and Nick Composto and Harry Vaughn were nominated for Outstanding Stage Management.”

The music for the Disney musical of Beauty and the Beast was composed by Alan Menken. The Beauty and the Beast script was written by Linda Woolverton, and the lyrics were authored by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. Initially, the musical was produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (then by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures), and originally directed by Robert Jess Roth. Beauty and the Beast is an American animated film that, according to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, belongs to the genre of a “musical romantic fantasy film… Based on the traditional French fairy tale of the same name by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont, Beauty and the Beast is the 30th film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series.Beauty and the Beast focuses on the relationship between the Beast (Benson), a prince who is magically transformed into a monster as punishment for his arrogance, and Belle), a young woman who he imprisons in his castle. Beauty and the Beast premiered at the New York Film Festival on September 29, 1991, followed by a theatrical release on November 22 to critical acclaim. The film was a box office success, and has since garnered over $424 million worldwide. Beauty and the Beast was nominated for several awards, winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. Famously, Beauty and the Beast became the first animated film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.”