By Jack Minor
Dayspring Christian Academy’s upcoming production of Beauty and the Beast involves students from a diverse range of interests including those in the athletic and academic departments.
Lindy Welch, head of the drama department, has been teaching at the school for 13 years. Her husband Todd, is a co-director and in charge of the technical side. Lindy grew up with two parents who were drama directors and Todd used to work in professional theater.
Dayspring currently has 89 students enrolled in the high school and 55 students will participate in the production as members of the cast, technical crew and orchestra.
The orchestra also includes a homeschooled cellist and four students from Greeley Central High School who attend Welch’s youth group. The cast’s costumes are provided by Greeley West.
The students have been working very hard 8 hours a week in preparation for the production since returning to school after Christmas Break. The show will start next Thursday.
Unlike other schools where the athletes are oftentimes a separate group from the drama department, students here are involved in both groups. “In a small school like us, the kids have to be everything. They have to be the athletes, the actors and the academics.” Welch went on to say that the quarterback of the football team is in the play as well as most of the baseball team.”They are very well-rounded students when they leave here. They experience everything. They have a passion about everything.”
Eric Heine, who is playing the lead role of the Beast will be attending UNC in pursuit of a musical performance major.
The Beauty and the Beast performance will be April 28 and 29 at 7 p.m. and April 30 at 2 p.m and 7 p.m. The production will be held at the Hope Centre at 4754 West 31st Street. Those with questions or to purchase tickets can call Dayspring at (970) 330-1151.
Welch says “Members of the community who are attending for the first time are amazed by the quality of the production. There are elaborate costuming, sets, lights and an orchestra.”