Crafting a tale as old as time

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes When a hauling trailer arrived at McNary High School packed with the dresses and vests and even wolf heads for the upcoming production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, costumers Beth Murphy and Lexie Simpson spent the next few hours reveling in their work. “The costumes are just crazy in their detail. We spent hours just going through and matching the pieces. The whole time we were asking each other if we had seen some new piece that had just been unwrapped,” said Murphy. Then the girls had to set to work. “Everything has to be hand-stitched and it has to be able to come out. Sometimes it’s just pinning things up or repairing rips, but we’ve had to take in the shoulders and waistlines for a lot of the main characters,” said Simpson. Performances begin Thursday, Nov. 12, and, for the first time, tickets are being sold online. Visit mcnarytheatre.weebly.com for show dates, times and tickets. While the costumes arrived in bulk from Westview High School, the McNary theatre tech students have spent weeks building everything else. That’s meant creating or repurposing set pieces and painting fly panels to recreate the feel of a proper Disney animated movie. “It feels a lot like we’ve been living in a fairy tale the whole time we’ve been working,” Simpson said. Student Taylor Long...

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