So, yes, the vision that Producing Artistic Director Andrew Kato and master puppeteer-dancer-actor and, in this case, director John Tartaglia came up with does indeed work, sometimes better than others. These actors are not invisible manipulators; garbed in black and purple period costumes, they are acting through the puppets. The exception is the masterpiece of Lumière who looks exactly like the cartoon but is nimbly double-jointed and dexterous, with gesticulating arms and a body that bends over when in lust or excitement. Thank you for all the amazingly talented people who helped me with this production and make my dream a reality. Their idea, which lands solidly here, was to not put on a puppet show.
Tell the story of Beauty and The Beast with these puppets, give them as gifts, use them to decorate. Some seem pretty chintzy since they are literally inanimate two-dimensional cardboard, but some are pretty imaginative including the chorus kick line of napkins. Its success on stage, here as well as anywhere, is that the music and lyrics are joy incarnate and you have to be pretty dead inside not to be caught up in it. To put them together you will need, scissors, split pins, wire or rods, and tape. Retaining the character design of what audiences are accustomed to seeing from the film, enchanted objects like Lumiere, Mrs. But here, although the puppeteers for Lumière, Cogsworth and Company are fully visible to the audience as in Warhorse and Avenue Q, the paradigm is completely different. In some cases, the creatures are surrealistically original and inventive such as the jaw-snapping wolves and the old beggar woman turning into the Enchantress in the prologue.
If you want to make a theatre to show them in is an excellent video to show you the way. Kevin Hack is delightfully pompous as the uber-chauvinist Gaston who strikes more poses than the models in a muscle magazine, and Ricky Cona is a slapstick clown as the dimwitted sycophantic Lefou. But the production still shines even in scenes without the talking teapot and flirting dustmop. Young and old alike will marvel at the science and technology which brings this magic to life. But at the same time, not only is there no waste, but Kato ensures that every dollar is intelligently, imaginatively, efficiently and visibly spent in every category.
Danielle Bowen as Belle and Zach Nadolski as the Beast have rich full voices that mine the power ballads for every emotion. A turned around couch or chair makes a great stage too. Tartaglia has been a dancer as well and he has infused flowing movement throughout even his dialogue scenes. Potts, Cogsworth and Chip look like they jumped right off the screen and into the stage. But her staging of the big production numbers has the verve, pizzazz and sheer ebullience earned the extended applause from the audience opening night. In a timeless story about looking beyond the surface and beyond our differences to find the truth and dignity within each other, a strong and unselfish heroine sacrifices for her family and saves a man trapped in a prison of his own making.
See the emotional connection that catches audiences off guard and see why Jeff Conover still gets choked up by the authentic performances in the interview below. Show times are 7:30 p. A tale as old as time, the latest innovative take on the story transformed renowned songs into spectacular, show-stopping numbers as well as bring a fresh perspective to beloved characters. See where the story takes them! Wednesday, 2 and 8 p. . Open the set, attach the sticks provided, and let the story unravel on the walls of your very own playroom.
Now your child has his or her very own set of puppets to star in the show. Vibrantly colorful hand-painted scenery showcases hand-carved wooden marionettes who appear and disappear mystically through the magic mirror. As Wright and Tartaglia acknowledge, they would just be pieces of machinery if not for the work of the puppeteers, some experienced like Malafronte and Paul Louis as Cogsworth, and others who have learned on the job. Simple and beautiful shadow puppets that you can print at home. The book by Linda Woolverton remains serviceable.
If you liked this, please share this with your friends and comment below : If you didn't like it, message me, let me know how I can improve so the next videos will be better. Veteran Maltz musical director Helen Gregory once again proves herself a maestra in every sense: from guiding the clarion voices through stirring expressive solos to molding the cast into warm, welcoming waves of cresting production numbers. And last - Thank you for all the people who watched this video. Cogsworth is just a fancy box with a mobile mouth. At least 10 have specific and identifiable roles, but keeping within the idea that this is theater with patrons expected to go along with artifice, Tartaglia and company have most of the principals doubling and tripling in the ensemble.
For instance, there are 22 people in the cast. Beauty and the Beast Puppets illustrated by artist Linda Olliver 3. Let the playful shadows frolic across the walls and bring the magic of ancient theatre into your playroom! This set is based on the fairy-tale Beauty and the Beast and includes eight puppets: Beauty, Beast, Prince, Father, two Nasty Sisters, castle with a rose garden, and a rose. Beauty and the Beast runs Nov. Not a sewing master or maven? Her leadership of the 11-piece band results in a clean, bright sound with brass accents and swelling strings, all of which sounds like an orchestra of twice that number.
Potts delivers a lovely rendition of the title song. This is the first, but definitely not the last. Add a cardboard box with a parchment paper screen stretched across an opening to make a theatre, and you can stage spectacular performances for friends and family! With one exception, that means relatively stolid solid creatures; remember that in the film, their wood and brass bodies were animated as elastic as a bag of marbles, which cannot be done here. Malafronte is an experienced puppeteer whose lengthy theater credentials includes playing Lumière on a cruise ship revue. Our very own Audra Stafford takes us behind-the-scenes with , the master puppeteer for Disney Entertainment.