Lumiere (Keen Williams) gives Belle (Indya Lincicome) a tour of the castle in the Leon High School production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” which runs July 7-17 in the Leon High School Performing Arts Theatre.

For 31 years, Robert A. Stuart has starred in his roles as theater director and educator. Although Stuart retired from teaching in 2020, he has continued to act and direct around Tallahassee.

His full circle moment happened this summer as the director of Leon High School’s “Beauty and the Beast” musical production. Stuart once performed on Leon High School’s stage as a student in the 1980s. 

High school musical:Behind-the-scenes magic brings ‘Beauty and the Beast’ to life at Leon High School

Mr. Malcolm’s List:Tallahassee author Suzanne Allain takes ‘Mr. Malcolm’s List’ from novel to movie

Young Actors:Young Actors student gets star turn at Arts for Autism benefit in New York

Robert Stuart is  director of Leon High School’s “Beauty and the Beast” summer musical production.

“The first time I was on this stage was my freshman year and I was playing Winthrop Paroo in ‘The Music Man,’” says Stuart. “There were two students who were playing my sister in the show, the lead character Marian the Librarian. Those two women now have daughters in this show.” 

Leon High School’s “Beauty and the Beast” features 47 local high school students and runs from July 8-17. While this is Stuart’s second time directing the musical, it’s his first time working with these students. He is inspired to see them come together as an ensemble both on and offstage. 

Belle (Bailey Mills Schaefer) dances with the Beast (Jermaine Edwards) in the Leon High School production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” which runs July 7-17 in the Leon High School Performing Arts Theatre.

Dedicated students 

During lunchtime, Stuart watched two students rehearse unprompted with their dance captain in order to get the steps correct. Meanwhile, another student tidied up the stage by putting away everyone’s props during the break.  

“They’re really dedicated,” says Stuart. “A show is not just about the actors onstage. The live orchestra is made up of students and they’re all rehearsing. There’s the crew that does backstage and sound work, the volunteers who paint, the costumers. It’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work and I think everyone is really appreciating that.” 

Topics #Alternative #Beauty #Health Care #Medicine #Popular Diets