Bloomsburg High School Drama Prepares “Beauty” for Caldwell

As 2012 begins, the Bloomsburg High School Drama department is once again beginning preparations for its Spring Musical.

As 2012 begins, the Bloomsburg High School Drama department is once again beginning preparations for its Spring Musical, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The March production however, in addition to maintaining the high standards for which the students are well-known,faces additional challenges this year. The September 2011 flooding caused extensive damage to the high school’s auditorium. All 705 seats were lost along with all the flooring. The school district is in the process of cleaning and repairing the auditorium, but unfortunately due to the time needed for set construction and rehearsal, repairs to the facility will not be completed early enough for the drama department to present their production in their traditional home.

All the world might be a stage, but Bloomsburg High School Drama needed a place to perform. After much discussion and planning Assistant Director Kate Levan reported that the students have found a welcoming, if temporary home. “This year the Bloomsburg High School Drama Department will host our spring musical at the Caldwell Consistory,” said Mrs. Levan. “For those of you that just know it was the large building near our beautiful fountain, let me enlighten you. The Caldwell is a massive square footage piece of Bloomsburg history that encompasses a 600 seat auditorium complete with stage and lights.”

“With the total support and enthusiasm from the men of the Caldwell as well as the Superintendent of Bloomsburg School District, we are in full planning for our March presentation of Beauty and the Beast. This timeless tale of love will come to life in the setting of Caldwell, which I think is a perfect venue.”

Caldwell Consistory Theater
Caldwell Consistory Theater

Unfortunately this change of location does come at additional cost to the drama department, specifically the rental of Caldwell’s facilities. “We are looking for support from our community as well. We are forever grateful for what our community has given to us in the past and are hoping for that same showing of help for this year’s production,” said Mrs. Levan. “Mainly we would love to cover our rental cost for Caldwell, which is very reasonable for the amount of time we will be calling their space our home.”

“As we strive for our usual standard of top quality musical productions, our student cast of 75 is excited and ready to perform for their town and outlining areas. Many of our own students have endured their own loss in some way with the flood, but they are ready to come together as a cast and classmates to entertain our community.”

The production is planned for Thursday through Friday, March 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, with a “Beast Feast” dinner in character planned before the Friday evening show and Saturday matinee.

The production of Beauty and the Beast will be directed by Tim Latsha.

Ticket Prices are being determined and will be released soon. Look for news and updates here in The Bloomsburg Daily as preparations move forward.

[box type=”shadow”]If you would like further information on how to make a donation, or how you can help please contact Assistant Director Kate Levan at 570-784-1151, or by email at[/box]

Saturday Morning Sports Links

We have three great local football match-ups on tap for today.

The rain may have postponed the Bloomsburg High School Panthers’ game versus Hughesville yesterday, but it gives us all a second chance to get to Hughesville and support the Panthers tonight.  The game is at Hughesville Junior/Senior High School at 7:00 PM. Also, you should definitely take a few minutes and read about quarterback Blake Rankin and the Panthers overcoming the adversity of the flood in this great Reading Eagle article.

The disastrous flood which moved foundations and canceled the traditional Bloomsburg Fair, hasn’t derailed a Panthers squad which has stuck together like a family and suffered just their first loss of the season Friday night to Southern Columbia. That’s a miracle of sorts for a team that was displaced from their practice facility at Bloomsburg High School, losing most of its equipment and its field house.  The Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets as well as area high schools have made donations to the Bloomsburg football program. The Jets donated 300 boxes of cleats. “Very difficult time for people in our area and we were very fortunate as a football team that only two kids were affected,” Rankin said. Underneath the mud and water that ravaged Bloomsburg is a Division-I bound quarterback. Earlier this year, Rankin gave a verbal commitment to play quarterback at Rutgers University.

At the college level, the number three Bloomsburg University Huskies will play the Shippensburg Red Raiders at 1 p.m., with pregame coverage starting at 12:45 p.m.  If you can’t make  it to Redman Stadium, watch the game via Bloomsburg University’s Live Streaming Channel.

Also, we have homecoming in Happy Valley today as the Penn State Nittany Lions take on the Purdue Boilermakers  at 12:00 PM.  If you aren’t in State College tailgating or can’t catch the game on the Big Ten Network, check out or follow Onward State on Twitter for live tweets of the play-by-play action.

Photo Courtesy of Anderson Mancini