South County Secondary School Disney’s Beauty and the BeastBy Cappies • May 23rd, 2011 • Category: Cappies
It’s a tale as old as time about a Beast, a Beauty, and a happily ever after ending. Its Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, which was performed with skill this past Saturday by South County Secondary School.
Based on traditional folklore stories the well-known film came out in 1991 and instantly became one of Disney’s most beloved princess films. A musical version of the film soon followed and the show premiered on Broadway in 1994. The show follows small town dreamer Belle (Chelsea Smith) as she ventures into the woods to search for her lost father. She soon finds him locked away in an enchanted castle, prisoner to a hideous Beast (Dean Maldonato). She volunteers to take her father’s place and becomes the Beast’s new hostage. After a rough start the two begin to realize that you can’t always judge a book by its cover and that often times underneath a tough exterior there lays a handsome prince.
As Belle, Chelsea Smith did a wonderful job embodying her character with her animated voice. Whether she was singing or just talking, Smith’s voice was constantly sweet and understandable. As the Beast, Dean Maldonato did a fine job making the character his own.
Playing the buff and brainless Gaston who intends to marry an unwilling Belle, Yusuf Alizo gave an excellent performance. As the sweet tempered teapot Mrs. Potts, Whitney Turner always exuded a warm presence while on stage. Kathryn Moore as the flirty feather duster Babette brought on laughs with her cute French accent and body movements.
While many of the show’s musical numbers lacked energy, songs like “Be Our Guest” and Gaston raised the energy with strong dancing and strong projection. Dancing salt and pepper shakers, glow in the dark silverware, and a rug that knew how to hip hop made “Be Our Guest” one of the most memorable numbers of the night.
The show’s costumes (designed by Mariah Kahn and Noelle Greata) were stunning and suited the fairy tale time period of the show well. The stage crew was quick and efficient. Despite some sound problems the orchestra worked with the actors for the most part and it was obvious they knew their music very well.
With warmth and a touch of magic South County’s production made everyone feel at “Home” and they did an admirable job with their performance.
by Emily Kelly of Robert E. Lee High School
Photos by Anne Gallant
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