Randi Shetley, the director of Barclay College’s coming production of “Beauty and the Beast,”  has been performing professionally for years, but her love for theatre and drama started over 40 years ago when she was in elementary school, performing in her church’s VBS and Christmas plays.
Shetley received a BA in Theatre Arts in 1997, and has appeared in play and independent films as well as radio and tv promotions for the Titanic Museum Attraction. She has always been connected to Barclay College, and even referred to herself as a legacy student because both her grandparents and parents met while attending school at BC. After attending Barclay for a semester, Shetley transferred to Friends University in Wichita, where she completed her education.
Fast forward to 2009, when Shetley was once again reconnected to the small Christian College in Haviland. For four years, from 2009-2013, Shetley and the drama department were able to put on eight shows. These productions all took place in Hockett Auditorium, the college’s gym with a stage on the north end.
“This setting had its challenges, but the cast and crew were always able to put on quality performances,” she said.
Last year was the inaugural performance in Barclay College’s new Ross-Ellis Center for Fine Arts. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was a sell-out success.
This year the cast, crew, and directors of “Beauty and the Beast” are looking to take that expectation  to the next level.
Shetley said she personally loves this musical because of the forgiveness and redemption the story portrays. The power of love is obvious, but it is also a family-friendly and fun production for all ages.
“There is so much involved in producing a show like Beauty and the Beast,” she said. “Of course, we have rehearsals. The actors have been working so hard! They have dance rehearsals on Monday and Thursday evenings. Vocal rehearsals on Tuesday evenings, and full rehearsals including acting, singing and dancing every Friday evening and all day Saturday.”
Shane Shetley is designing and building the
set along with Barclay's stagecraft class. Shane has 14 years of professional backstage experience. The Beauty and the Beast set is 15-feet tall and it takes a team of stage technicians to move the pieces around quickly during scene changes.
Lighting for the show will be designed by Marki Sulzbach, of Atlanta, Ga. She has worked in professional theatrical lighting for over 15 years. Each light is individually positioned by hand, then every light change is programmed individually into the light board. It is a painstakingly long process, but the results are magical, Shetley said.
Tickets are currently on sale for “Beauty and the Beast,” for the April 12, 13 and 14. VIP tickets have already sold out on Friday and Saturday, but general admission tickets are still available.