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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 11-13-2019

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 13-19, 2019 PAWTUCKET 9 PAWTUCKET – The lat- est act from A Work in Progress Productions, a local theater group with a home base in Tolman High School's auditorium, will likely be its most impressive one yet, say those behind it. Executive Director Jen Roca said AWIP's performance of the clas- sic tale as old as time "Beauty and the Beast" promises audiences a professional-level production, or the equivalent of going to see a touring production. The production is set for Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22-23, at 7:30 p.m. each evening on the Tolman stage on Exchange Street. Tickets are $15 online, or $18 at the door. Roca said this is a "spectacular production," and audiences will be blown away by the talent, special effects and inspiring story. Tolman students will again be incorporated into the homeschool group's production as part of a long- standing relationship with the school where AWIP continues to invest in Tolman's auditorium and stage area in exchange for use of the perfor- mance space. Tolman students will perform small acting roles and a couple of them will also be on the backstage crew. This year, AWIP was able to secure an incredible deal and land new side curtains for the stage, said Roca. There are 45 cast members in a production that combines great per- formances from seasoned student actors, wonderful costumes, the group's biggest set, and impressive special effects, including a flying har- ness system requiring extensive train- ing from an outside company. "This is one of the best shows we've done," said Assistant Director Noah Jeffrey, a high school senior and past actor who decided to take on a directorial role this year. This week, in an effort to fur- ther enhance the relationship with Tolman, professionals will be giving the high school's students an inside look at the workings of the produc- tion, partially to show them the many job opportunities in the field, said Roca. AWIP has secured the use of 25 high-tech mics for the Nov. 22-23 production. "Beauty and the Beast" is an inspir- ing story with the traditional fairytale themes of hope and redemption, as well as the idea that "love can trans- form you on the inside," said Roca. Belle wants more out of life than just being the girl in the tavern chasing after Gaston, and then there's the redemptive theme of her taking her father's punishment. The Beast is spoiled and selfish, but becomes less and less of a beast as he learns real kindness and love. His initial actions curse not only himself but the entire castle, but he's transformed and then Tolman will host AWIP's ambitious production of 'Beauty and the Beast' By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com A poster for AWIP's "BEAUTY AND THE BEAST," playing at Tolman High School later this month. the breaking of the curse spreads through no act of his own. This is the Broadway version of the production, and can't be changed or adapted. Roca said AWIP's "Beauty and the Beast" is "a story told so well," and illustrates how significant investments of time, money and energy makes all the difference. "When the arts are done well, they have a bigger impact," she said. For more on tickets, visit www. aworkinprogressproductions.com . Book Club for Kids will meet Saturday PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Public Library, 13 Summer St., will hold its Book Club for Kids event on Saturday, Nov. 16, 11 a.m. to noon. This month's featured book is "Wings of Fire," by Tui T. Sutherland. The program is best for children in grades 4-5, but younger/ older readers are welcome. For more information, email jbut- tafuoco@pawtucketlibrary.org or call 401-725-3714, ext. 209. Dasilva graduates from Air Force basic training SAN ANTONIO – U.S. Air Force Air National Guard Airman Janasiti A. Dasilva graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. The airman completed an inten- sive, eight-week program that included training in military disci- pline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Dasilva is the daughter of Michael Dasilva and Elizabeth Santiago of Pawtucket. She is a 2019 graduate of Blackstone Valley Prep High School. 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