Emily Behny is brilliant as Belle and Logan Denninghoff steals many of the scenes as the narcissistic, troublemaker Gaston. Jen Bechter is hilarious and her timing is great. Patricia Pearce Gentry and Bob Cline did a great job casting this show: both the singing and acting are right on the money.
It is definitely a show to remember with some of the most beautiful set design to hit the big stage. Scenic Designer Stanley A. Meyer and his team did a spectacular job with the intricate set and Anne Hould-Ward’s costumes are clever and inventive.
The best part of the show was listening to the little girls on either side of us, decked out in their “Belle” costumes, keeping their parents abreast on the action so they could keep up. “This is where he gets lost,” exclaimed the little girl on my left. “The wolves are going to come but don’t worry, they won’t get him.” The biggest scene for them was when Belle came out in her dinner gown: little high-pitched gasps that sent us into fits of laughter.
Take your whole family to see Beauty and the Beast while it’s here. A lot of thought went into this production and it shows. Director Rob Roth is a force to be reckoned with.
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