“Wig, mask, gloves, motorcycle boots all tricked out, tights, pantaloons, muscle suit, shirt, vest, coat and tail.”
That’s what Rye Neck senior Justin Amrhein has to put on — aided by students Fiorella Carrasco and Margaret Caster — just to play his part in “Beauty and the Beast” this weekend.
Add makeup to that mix and it’s no wonder the character is a bit of a beast.
Actually: The Beast.
It’s his first time in a high-school musical, although he played the beast in a 7th-grade production at Rye Neck.
“That was more like the middle school, kiddie version,” he says. “There wasn’t any music and the lines were like two words each. The whole play was like 20 minutes.”
This time, he has an enchanted castle and a telltale rose that might spell The Beast’s doom.
The actor says working on the musical has been all-consuming.
“It’s been a great way to spend every single night since October, November,” he says, adding: “I love theater, I love music and I love the acting. And you have a bunch of backstage laughs, too, with friends, so it’s been a great experience for like 70 kids in the cast and crew.”
Rye Neck: “Beauty and the Beast,” 7 p.m. March 15, 16; 1 and 7 p.m. March 17. $15; $10 students . www.ryeneck.k12.ny.us
Photo by Peter D. Kramer/The Journal News: Justin Amrhein on the set of “Beauty and the Beast” at Rye Neck High School.