EAGLE RIVER - A local high school wants to share a tale as old as time. Northland Pines High School plans to wow crowds with its version of Beauty and the Beast.
Malcom McCanles doesn't speak much French.
"Michelle mademoiselle, it is with deepest pride and greatest pleasure that we welcome you tonight. And that's all you get. That's all you get, " McCanles says, acting out a scene from the play.
But his accent is getting put to the test this weekend.
"I think my accent is kind of unique, I guess because it's not a total French accent, and I think I really made it my own," he says.
McCanles is a key part of the Northland Pines theater crew inviting you to be their guest for the school's performances of Beauty and the Beast. Rehearsal started back in November, which isn't a lot of time to learn all the lines, songs, and dances.
But with a lot of hard work and some laughs, the musical's director Kate Janssen makes sure the end product is happily ever after.
"Each week or each day, new layers get added in to make the show come to life," says Janssen.
These kids are learning a lot more than just their lines.
"Playing a character on stage also teaches you something about yourself. And for a lot of kids its confidence and for a lot of kids it's just knowing that they are important and they have a voice and they have something to say," explains Janssen.
Janssen says this musical has done something she's never seen before--it's breaking down high school stereotypes.
"It brings together kids from a lot of different groups around the school. And we like, it's not just band kids, it's not just choir kids, it's not just drama kids. Its kids who want to give something a try," says Janssen.
Kids like Malcom McCanles, who expects months of hard work to transform into three shows of true beauty.
"It's really fun to just kinda make people laugh and hear the laughter after you tell a joke or do something funny on stage," says McCanles.