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Curtain to rise for young Merced actors

Auditioning actors, constructing a set and rehearsing for a full-scale musical production can take months -- if not years -- of preparation.

But Playhouse Merced's advanced performance workshop players have done it in less than four weeks.

The workshop, which was attended this summer by 28 Merced-area 11- to 20-year olds, will have its opening performance of Dinsey’s Beauty and the Beast at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.