The three Worcester students cast as the leads are freshman Jacob Osias as Gaston, sophomore Annika Larsen as Belle, and junior Dominic Anthony as Beast.
While Larsen and Anthony are no strangers to the theatre, 15-year-old Osias will be making his stage debut.
Larsen earned her first lead role at the age of 11 in the Ocean Pines Children’s Theater. Since then, she has starred in numerous productions in local theatre and at Worcester, such as Flounder in “The Little Mermaid,” Annie in “Annie,” and Jasmine in “Aladdin.”
At Worcester she was cast in the role of an ancestor in last year’s production of “The Addams Family.”
Anthony began singing and acting by the age of 12 when he made his debut on the Possum Point Players stage in “Les Miserables,” playing the lead of Gavroche.
Since then he has starred in numerous productions in local theatre and at Worcester, such as “Bye Bye Birdie” and “Hairspray” at Possum Point Players and “Into the Woods” and “Cinderella” at Clear Space Theater Company in Rehoboth.
At Worcester he was cast in the lead roles of Lord Pinkleton in “Cinderella” and Uncle Fester in “The Addams Family.”
This may be Osias’ breakout role as Gaston, however, he has studied voice since sixth grade and made his debut playing the drums on The Freeman Stage that same year. He currently is studying guitar under the direction of Mike Curry, guitarist for the Dewey Beach rock band, Love Seed Momma Jump.
Tickets are on sale now for Beauty and the Beast. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. in the Worcester Prep Athletics and Performing Arts Center.
Tickets cost $12 in advance or $15 at the door. To purchase tickets in advance online, visit www.worcesterprep.org/ticket-sales or call the school at 410-641-3575.