Alverno High School Presents “Beauty and the Beast”

Alverno High School is proud to present Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” on Thursday, April 7 and Friday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lanterman Auditorium in La Cañada.

“Beauty and the Beast” is a musical with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and a book by Linda Woolverton produced by Disney Theatrical Productions. Based on the 1991 film of the same name, which was in turn adapted from the French fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, “Beauty and the Beast” tells the story of a prince who is transformed into a hideous beast as punishment for his cruel and selfish ways, and an adventurous young woman named Belle whom he imprisons in his castle. In order to become human again, the Beast must earn Belle’s love before it’s too late.

The main cast of “Beauty and the Beast” includes senior Amy Aghajanian as Belle, sophomore Ethan Breaux (St. Francis High School) as the Beast, sophomore Neal Muir (St. Francis High School) as Gaston, senior Emma Andres as the Enchantress, senior Casey McCreary (St. Francis High School) as the Prince, junior Rain Villanueva as LeFou, senior Karl Lorenzo (Arcadia High School) as Maurice, junior Jillian Kislow as Lumière, junior Payton Emerson as Cogsworth, senior Ciara Madigan as Mrs. Potts, sophomore Riley Luna (St. Francis High School) as Chip, junior Marisa Dragos as Babette, junior Cathy Johnson as Madame de la Grande Bouche, freshman Julia Vallen as Monsieur D’Arque, and junior Arianna Muñoz, sophomore Sarah Lopez, and sophomore Leila Moreno as the Silly Girls.

Members of the ensemble cast include freshmen Malik Gay Banuelos (St. Francis High School), Maritza DiRito, Caroline Dragos, Leanne Kuhn, and Claire Lewis; sophomores Ariana Micale, Vanessa Prata, Anica Quizon, and Kate Samaniego; juniors Alexis Baro, Etienne Barzallo, Cassidy Castillo, Lisa Costantino, David Frost (St. Francis High School), Allison Joseph, Naomi Jost, Moondera Rabb, Chandnee Raina, Haylee Robinson, Anna Sandoval, Vale Siess, and Cristina Webster; and seniors Cathy Bao, Gillian Cox, and Alexxa Vasquez.

Finally, members of the crew for “Beauty and the Beast” include freshmen Megan Cavender, Rita Kearns, Camille Lee, and Sydnee Sao; sophomores Ali Nolan, Kaiya Reel, and Skylar Robinson; juniors Etienne Barzallo, Selma Galdamez, Jillian Kislow, Asia Leong, Alicia Lindheimer, McKinley Luna, and Magdalena Mikuljan; and seniors Kimberly Ganivet, Aida Mucino, Camryn Selayandia, Jackie Quintero, and Alexis Winstanley.

Alverno’s production of “Beauty and the Beast” is being directed by Mrs. Cynthia Cales with musical direction by Ms. Mary Ekler. Mrs. Paula Aghajanian P’16 has served as the Director’s Assistant for this production.

Presale tickets to “Beauty and the Beast” may be purchased from the Alverno office for $15 and at the door at the Lanterman Auditorium.

Alverno High School is located at 200 North Michillinda Avenue in Sierra Madre and the Lanterman Auditorium is located at 4491 Cornishon Avenue in La Cañada.

About Alverno High School

Alverno High School is a Catholic, private, college preparatory school for young women dedicated to preparing them to function in a society as informed, knowledgeable persons, who have the requisite skills to make and implement mature decisions about complex problems. Enlivened by the spirit of its Immaculate Heart Community sponsors, and mindful of the Franciscan roots of its founders, Alverno’s program—academic, spiritual, aesthetic, social, and physical—is shaped by the staff, trustees, and students in light of the world for which the students are being educated. Alverno’s mission is to empower each young woman to be exactly the person she wants to be and since 1960, Alverno has empowered more than 4,500 women to meet that goal. For more information about Alverno High School, please call (626) 355-3463 or visit



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