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Disney characters host Gypsum breakfast

Connie Steiert
Dave L'Heureux/Enterprise Local parents and volunters busily sew clothes for Eagle Valley High School's production of "Beauty and the Beast." On left, starting from the front, are Nicke Fowles, Sandy McConnell, Amanda Quick, Ashley Padgett and Pam Padgett. On right are Debbie Morris, Sarali Allen, Katie Thygerson and Lynn Storer.
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GYPSUM – Come have breakfast with a teacup. No, not in a teacup, with a teacup. And a spoon, a plate, a clock, a teapot … oh, “Beauty” and the “Beast.”On April 9, stars of a local production of “Beauty and the Beast” will make a guest appearance, in costume, at the Gypsum Town Hall. While you and your children munch on breakfast, “Mrs. Potts,” “Chip(ette)”, “Cogs Worth”, “Belle” and the “Beast” and many of their magical friends will try to delight and entertain.The breakfast is a fund-raiser to help pay for the costumes players will wear April 7, 8 and 9 in Eagle Valley High School’s production of Walt Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.”For the past six years, since Eagle Valley High School put on its first musical in man years, the school drama department has rented, borrowed and sewed costumes. Each time, the effort has been led by volunteer costume designer Nickie Fowles. She and a band of dedicated parents sewed costumes for productions such as “Lil’ Abner” and “Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat.”But this year, director Cathy Strickler decided it was time to splurge and put on a Broadway hit with Broadway-worthy costumes, she said. Using money saved over the years, Eagle Valley High has much of the $8,000 needed to rent some 90 costumes for its 62 actors. Additionally, donations and students’ drama club fees will be used.Gypsum has kicked in $500 toward production costs and donated Town Hall for the character breakfast. The Eagle Valley High School Booster Club also donated $500, as did Tim McMichael.The major costumes, such as Mrs. Potts, the teapot, Babette, the feather duster, and Lumiere, the candlestick, cost $150 each to rent, Fowles said. The costumes are in such demand, however, the costume rental company back East requires productions rent another 40 costumes, in addition to those for the major characters.

Even the more minor players, such as the dancing dishes and silverware, cost $100 a piece. “That’s why we’re having the character breakfast,” Fowles said. “We are hoping to raise $1,000.”So why spend so much money on one play?”You would hate to have the show without these wonderful costumes,” Fowles said. Can you imagine the rousing musical number, “Be My Guest,” without convincingly costumed dishes, spoons, forks, and candelabras dancing, she added. The Beauty and the Beast breakfast on April 9 will have seatings at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. at the Gypsum Town Hall. Following the Disney theme, Drama Club parents, who are putting on the breakfast, will serve Mickey Mouse pancakes for the little ones, and breakfast burritos for adults.Many of the “Beauty and the Beast” players will be on hand to perform one of their spirited musical numbers during breakfast, and the characters will stick around for a meet-and-greet after breakfast. Children can have their pictures taken with their favorite “Beauty and the Beast” character, so bring your cameras.”We’ve never done this before,” Fowles said. “We’ve never had these kind of costumes.”This does not mean Fowles and her band of parents are hanging up their needles, however. Earlier this week several parents voluntarily met to sew cloaks for the townspeople, and they will construct pantaloons as well. Additionally, they will be scrounging through thrift shops and used stores for other odds and ends to round out the costumes.”All the parents are pitching in and doing what we can,” Fowles said.

==========================================Breakfast tickets”Beauty and the Beast” Breakfast8:30 a.m., and 10 a.m., Saturday, April 9Each seating is limited to 100 peopleAdvanced reservations are requiredBreakfast Ticket Cost: $7 for adults, $5 for childrenTo purchase tickets: Call Nickie Fowles at 328-5258



“Beauty and the Beast” performancePerformances will be April 7, 8 and 9 at Eagle Valley High SchoolPerformances are expected to sell out.Advance ticket purchases may be made by calling Nickie Fowles at 328-5258, Cathy Strickler at 328-5813 or Tiffany Meyers at the Eagle County School District Office at 328-6321.==========================================Vail, Colorado


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