BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Beauty and the Beast, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and a book by Linda Woolverton, is based on the 1991 film of the same name, which was in turn adapted from the French fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont. Beauty and the Beast tells the story of a prince who is transformed into a hideous beast as punishment for his cruel and selfish ways, and an adventurous young woman named Belle whom he imprisons in his castle. In order to become human again, the Beast must earn Belle's love before it's too late.
An innocent young woman Belle, who enjoys reading, is the daughter of an eccentric inventor Maurice. She is courted by the handsome town braggart and bully Gaston, for whom she has no interest. Her father has entered his new invention in a competition but loses his way to the fair. Caught in the woods at night he is set upon by wolves and runs for shelter to a nearby castle - inhabited by the Prince who has been turned into a beast by the enchantress. The Beast imprisons Maurice, but when Belle comes searching for him the Beast accepts her offer to stay in his place. The enchantress had given the prince a single rose which slowly loses its petals marking the time until the spell becomes permanent.
All the inhabitants of the castle are slowly being turned into objects and realize that if the Beast can learn to love Belle and she returns his love before the last petal falls, the spell will be broken.
The staff, including Cogsworth - the major-domo being turned into a clock , Lumiere - a French maitre d' who is becoming a candelabra, Mrs Potts -a cook becoming a tea pot, Chip - Mrs Potts daughter becoming a tea cup, Madame de la Grande Bouche - an opera singer becoming a wardrobe, Babette -a maid becoming a feather duster and the servants including Flatware, Napkins, Champagne glasses, Dust pan, Egg Timer, and many others help the Beast change his behavior so that Belle can love him despite his outward appearance.
Belle leaves the castle angry over the Beast's behavior and she is attacked by the wolves in the forest. The Beast saves her but is injured. Belle begins to realize there is something good inside the Beast's horrible exterior and while she has the opportunity to escape she willing returns to the castle to care for him. Gaston tries to force Belle to marry him by having her father committed to an insane asylum. Belle sees his plight through a magic mirror and goes to help him with the Beast's consent. Gaston rallies the townfolk by playing on their fears. He paints the Beast as a terrible monster who will steal their children and leads an attack on the castle. The Beast is despondent because he believes he has lost Belle. Gaston attacks the Beast, who is about to kill him, when he sees the fear in Gaston's eyes and tells him to leave. Belle appears, and during the Beast's joyful reunion with her, Gaston stabs him...but in doing so loses his footing and falls to his death. As the Beast is dying Belle declares her love for him just as the last rose petal falls. The spell is broken and the Beast and all the castle staff are transformed back into their human forms. The Prince and Belle have found true love.
Memorable songs include: Belle, Gaston, If I Can't Love Her, Be Our Guest, and Beauty and the Beast.
Manchester Community Theater at North End Montessori School (View)
698 Beech Street
Manchester, NH 03104
|Minimum Age: 4|
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