Costumes a ‘Beauty’ for ACCC play

By RICHARD LUKEN
Register Reporter

Register/Richard Luken
From left, Allen County Community College students Nachele Gonsalez, as Babette, Chris Yackle as Lumiere and Garrett Skidmore as Cogsworth sport elaborate costumes for the upcoming production of “Beauty and the Beast.” The play runs Thursday through Saturday evenings at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center.

From talking clocks to an animated feather duster, the upcoming Allen County Community College production of “Beauty and the Beast” will feature an assortment of colorful and elaborate costumes.
Actors and musicians are putting the final touches on the play in preparation of Thursday night’s premiere at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center.
Among the more identifiable characters in the musical extravaganza are Cogsworth, a head servant who is transformed into a talking clock, and Mrs. Potts, a kitchen worker transformed into a teapot.
The costumes come from Harris Costumes of Fort Worth, Texas, said Tony Piazza, director. The company began in the early 1940s.
“We found this company on the Internet and the price was right,” Piazza said. “One of their specialties is costuming for ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ The kids really seem to enjoy them, too.”
“Beauty and the Beast” is a collaborative effort of the ACCC drama and music departments, with several local musicians joining the orchestra.
Tickets for the 7:30 shows — it repeats Friday and Saturday — are on sale in advance at Iola Pharmacy for $6 for adults and $4 for students. Tickets also will be available at the box office each night.