This year Pinedale Theater
Company is producing the famous Disney
classic “Beauty and the Beast.” The musical
will open October 24 and play through October
The Pinedale Theater Company changed
their name from the Pinedale Community
Theater earlier this year. Board Director and
Artistic Director Valerie Lee said, “The difference
between us and another community
theater is that we hire professionals in the industry.”
Because they go above and beyond
with their productions, they are not at a community
From Aug. 7 through 12, Director Mark
Hennessy and the Pinedale Theater Company
underwent the casting process. In the audition
workshop on July 30 Hennessy gave a small
piece of advice to the acting hopefuls. “Sing
so soft that it brings people in, and sing so big
that it makes people smile.” His number one
requirement is for actors to be someone that
he can direct. If he asks you to do something,
With casting underway, it was time to reveal
details about the play. The production is
the Pinedale Theater Company’s first Disney
musical. Their past performances have been
classical or older musicals, the latest being
their production of “Oliver.”
Lee was the one to bring “Beauty and the
Beast” to the board. She really pushed for the
board’s votes to produce this play.
Members of the The Annie Oakley folk trio from Oklahoma visit the Big
Piney Library on Aug. 7 to teach children about making harmony. Pictured,
from left, are Nia Personette, Sophia Babb and Joanna Babb. The program,
Folk for Kids, is a collaboration between the Sublette County Public Library
and Pinedale Fine Arts Council.
“I really wanted it because of the underlying
theme,” Lee said. “To me, the theme
is seeing through the illusion, and I feel like
that’s something we all have to do these days,
seeing through the chaos.” She pointed out
that it’s a story we really need this day and
The directors then explained the things
they plan to do to make their own mark on the
story. They have to work within the copyright
requirements, but they can still get creative.
Lee stated that Hennessy really knows how
to work within these parameters. “He throws
in his magic,” Lee said. She hinted that there
will be a more modern take in their production
than what they have directed before.
Hennessy stated there has always been art
in our world.
“I find it hard to believe someone can go
through life without being touched by art,” he
said. And that’s what he wants, for the production
to touch someone in some way.
The theater company will be casting locally.
“It’s a talented town,” Lee said. When
asked about the differences between a small
town production compared to one a larger
city, Hennessy said it’s easier to be seen here.
“It’s a time for us to all come together,”
Lee said. Whether they are in the cast, auditioning
or running around in the background,
everyone can get a hand in the production. It
turns into a family.
The Pinedale Theater Company will also
be using new technology in the “Beauty and
the Beast” play. They were unable to say
much more than the new technology will
make the play bigger and better.
Tickets will go on sale Sept. 2 and can be
purchased at Office Outlet, Cowboy Shop,
Pine Coffee Supply, Big Piney Library or online