Beauty and the Beast – 2010

By arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice
Book by Linda Woolverton

Originally Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions

Saturday, 13th February,
Monday 15th February to Saturday, 20th February 2010
Curtain up at 7.30pm
Matinee Saturday 20th February 2.30pm

at the Lyric Theatre Carmarthen


Synopsis:

Everyone will be familiar with ‘Beauty and the Beast’, brought to life with a mixture of love, heroism and real drama by Walt Disney. Although originally a classic French fairy tale, La Belle et la Bête, first published in 1740, the theme of a beauty falling in love with a beast probably goes back in time much longer than that. The ‘beast’ has been variously depicted as a serpent and even a pig, with the moral of the tale being that love overcomes physical ugliness and focuses on the beauty of the spirit within. Even the cartoon story of ‘Shrek’ falls loosely into that category, with the journey to a happy and joyous ending punctuated with a mix of real comedy, sadness, intervals of hopelessness and high drama.

Now step into the enchanted world of a Broadway modern classic. Based on the Academy Award winning animated feature, the stage version of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast includes all those lovely songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, as well as some new additions by Alan Menken and Tim Rice. Your imagination will transport you to the heart of a lovely provincial French town, where you will encounter Belle, an intelligent yet somehow enigmatic young woman whose fixation with books and reading is at odds with the physical beauty she seems not to fully recognise. She is, perhaps, scorned and misunderstood by the townspeople, with the arrogant and flamboyant Gaston constantly besieging her with his blatantly amorous advances. It is no wonder that she dreams of escaping – even if it is into the pages of a book.

When Belle’s father, Maurice, becomes lost in the woods on the way to the fair, he seeks shelter in a large, forbidding castle, little knowing that the master of the castle is a once-handsome prince turned into a frightening monster by an enchantress, with all of the other castle inhabitants turned into seemingly inanimate objects by the same spell, all serving the beast. Maurice is taken captive and Belle embarks on a mission to rescue him. When the Beast meets Belle the chemistry that is the catalyst for their journey of mutual discovery begins, with the Beast agreeing to release Maurice if she agrees to give up her freedom and stay with him forever. Initially repulsed, Belle gradually, like turning the pages of a book, discovers the Beast’s hidden, tender nature. Belle’s taming of the unfortunate Beast and his ultimate transformation back into a handsome prince is enthralling.

This is a fairy tale in every sense, with the beautiful heroine realising her own beauty and the power that comes with it, but preferring the complex beauty of the human spirit within rather than the somewhat garrulous peacock that the shallow Gaston depicts. You cannot fail to notice that the unlikely relationship between the beauty and the beast develops through the pages of a book, and the symbolism of a single red rose. Both of them learn important lessons about the true nature of beauty before they can find happiness both within themselves and then, finally, with each other. The tale reaches a crescendo when all hope for ultimate happiness appears to be dashed. But then the power of love takes over and the story ends with a transformation that is both stunning and heart warming.

Acts and Musical Numbers:

Act One
Overture The Orchestra
Prologue The Orchestra / Narrator
Belle Belle, Gaston, Lefou, Silly Girls, Townsfolk
No Matter What Maurice, Belle
No Matter What (Reprise) Maurice
Me Gaston, Belle
Belle (Reprise) Belle
Home Belle
Home (Reprise) Mrs Potts
Gaston Lefou, Gaston, Silly Girls, Tavern Patrons
Gaston (Reprise) Gaston, Lefou
How Long Must This Go On? Beast
Be Our Guest Lumiere, Mrs Potts, Cogsworth,
Madame de la Grande Bouche, Chip, Babette,
Enchanted Objects
If I Can’t Love Her Beast


Act Two
Entr’acte / Wolf Chase The Orchestra
Something There Belle, Beast, Lumiere, Mrs Potts, Cogsworth
Human Again Lumiere, Madame de la Grande Bouche,
Cogsworth, Mrs Potts, Babette, Chip, Enchanted Objects
Maison des Lunes Gaston, Lefou, Monsieur D’Arque
Beauty and the Beast Mrs Potts
If I Can’t Love Her (Reprise) Beast
A Change in Me Belle
The Mob Song Gaston, Lefou, Monsieur D’Arque, Townsfolk
The Battle The Company
Transformation Beast, Belle
Beauty and The Beast (Reprise) The Company

Cast:

Beast Gareth Morgan
Belle Elin Wyn Williams
Mrs Potts Rhian Owen
Lumiere Thomas Young
Cogsworth Steffan Hughes
Gaston Daniel Williams
Lefou William Turrell
Babette Georgina Tipping
Madame de la Grande Bouche Catrin Lisa
Maurice Gwynfryn West
Monsieur D’Arque Michael-Rae Formston
Enchantress Olivia Morris
Silly Girls Hayley Davies, Emma Jones, Rebecca Vowles
Chip Joseff Rhys-Ellis, Tomas Nicholas, Osian Llyr Radford

Understudies

Llinos Emanuel (Belle), Anwen Price (Madame de la Grande Bouche), Cuan Wyn Rowlands (Lefou),
Robert Tipton (Gaston), Rhys Warrington (Cogsworth), Iwan Williams (Lumiere)

Villagers and Enchanted Tableware

Caryl Bond, Alys Edmunds, Elizabeth King, Jessica Mudd, Jasmin Owen, Anwen Price, Courtney Thomas,
Marcy Thomas

Villagers and Enchanted Utensils

Neil Almond, Steven Cogan, Thomas Goodridge, Cuan Wyn Rowlands, Hefin Robinson, Robert Tipton,
Rhys Warrington, Iwan Williams

Villagers, Enchanted Feather Dusters and Courtiers

Emily Ruth Davies, Grace Davies, Siriol Davies, Llinos Emanuel, Ffion James, Sioned Mair Rees

Villagers, Enchanted Napkins, Salt Pot and Rug
Chloe Anderson, Chelsea Axon, Frances Chester, Nia Emanuel, Rebecca Miles, Olivia Morris, Hannah Walsh, Sophie Williams

Villagers, Wolves, Enchanted Gargoyles, Rugs and Pepper Pot

William Cervetto, Jac Davies, Jordan Davies, Aled Evans, Thomas Miles, Aled Owen, Noa Radford, Ben Skinner, Rhys Young

Villagers and Enchanted Plates

Lauren Burson, Hanna Evans, Sara Griffiths, Liggy Houghton, Cerys James, Megan Lewis, Angharad Maynard, Anya Maynard, Bronwen Prickett, Holly Rowley, Bethany Williams-Potter

Villagers, Enchanted Egg Cups and Dessert Spoons
Elicia Axon, Patthara Douch, Ffion Fox, Sophie Garcia-Cooke, Laura Massocchi, Anna Parker, Emily Saddler,
Freya Scourfield, Mia Thomas, Grace Williams, Ruby Woodhead

Villagers and Enchanted Teaspoons

John Cridland, Joseph Cooke, Lloyd Cooke, Joseff Rhys-Ellis, James Fox, Tomas Nicholas, Osian Llyr Radford