For a moment, Sarah Norwood, 9, forgot about her looming surgery as students at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis became “Beauty and the Beast” characters for a singalong Friday, April 28, at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
The characters Belle, the Beast, Mrs. Potts and Lumiere sang, danced and gave roses to Sarah and other patients being treated for pneumonia, tonsillitis and other ailments. “This is a welcome distraction to get our minds off of today’s surgery,” said Sarah’s mom, Sherri Norwood, who traveled with her family from Arkansas for her daughter’s procedure.
For the students, the event was joyful and provided extra practice for the annual School of Medicine musical. This year, the show was “Beauty and the Beast,” and students performed to much applause April 27-29 in the St Louis College of Pharmacy auditorium on the Medical Campus.
This marked the 12th year students on the Medical Campus — including medical, occupational therapy, physical therapy, audiology, and biology and biomedical PhD students — produced and performed a Broadway musical.
The shows are entirely student-produced, with students performing, conducting and playing in the pit orchestra, building sets, sewing costumes, running lights and sound, and directing the show.