According to director Jeff Walker it is purely coincidental that Disney’s Beauty and the Beast opened a week before Eastern View will present their musical version this weekend.
Dress rehearsals were ongoing this week in preparation for their four performances starting Thursday and continuing through Saturday. Friday morning some 800 of the county’s elementary students will be treated to this tale of the young girl who takes her father’s place in a magical castle where love ultimately weaves its spell. In the meantime, the castle’s inhabitants have now been turned into teapots and cups, clocks and candlesticks. Costuming is fun and colorful.
Senior Amelia Elias plays the part of Belle, the young Beauty who finds herself in the enchanted castle dealing with the likes of the Beast, played by Justin Flemming. Her voice is lovely and her charisma on stage will no doubt be very appealing.
Projected images on two large screens on either side of the stage provide realism as her father Maurice (Justin Keller) wanders lost in the woods or we laugh at the antics of Cogsworth and Lumiere (Jacob Flemming and Ben Walser) looking very much at home in one of the grand rooms of the castle. Walser is particularly charming with a French accent and ‘no hands’ – those being replaced by flames.
Belle’s likely beau Gaston, played by Everest Head, is ever frustrated at her lack of interest in him.
This is Eastern View Theatre’s first Disney show and features a cast and crew of 30.
It is directed and produced by Jeff Walker. Music direction is by Tiffany Richtarski.
As an aside, before Disney’s 1991 version of Beauty and the Beast and the blockbuster hit now playing there is another version that is worth the watch. In 1946, Jean Couteau produced ‘La Belle et la Bete’ in France. It is a hauntingly beautiful black and white version in French with subtitles. With none of today’s technology, the effects are magical.
If you go
Beauty and the Beast
Eastern View High School Auditorium
Thursday, March 23 at 7 p.m.
Friday, March 24 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 25 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $12/adults and $6/students and children. Available at the door, half hour before showtime.
Contact Jeff Walker at email@example.com or 540-825-0621, ext. 2332
Justin Flemming, Beast
Amelia Elias, Beauty
Everest Head, Gaston
Dawson Naccarato, Le Fou
Justin Keller, Maurice
Jacob Flemming, Cogsworth
Ben Walser, Lumiere
Aryana Henson, Babette
Adora Txakeeyang, Mrs. Potts
Lina Quaynor, Chip
Hannah Vernon, Madame de la Grande Bouche
Sarah Elizabeth Cross