Director/history teacher Joshua Fix said, "I can remember watching the movie in theaters when it opened in 1991. For me, the greatest challenge was in turning the cartoon magic of the movie into some form of reality on stage."
The musical is about two outcasts. Belle, played by senior Kayla Boggess, does not fit in at her provincial town in France. While everyone else is concerned with the mundane tasks of day-to-day life, Belle yearns to break free and find adventure. She reads about faraway lands and dreams about an exciting future.
Her father, Maurice, played by sophomore Alex Canfield, encourages her in her dreams. However, the town big shot, Gaston, played by senior Tres Legg, wants Belle to marry him and will stop at nothing to stifle her dreams.
The Beast, played by freshman Andrew Willis, is a more literal outcast. The Beast grows up as a spoiled prince waited on by a team of servants. When an enchantress tricks him, he shows that he has no love in his heart.
For his unkindness, the young prince is turned into a hideous monster, and his servants are turned into objects. The only way he can break his curse is to be loved and to love before time runs out.
The Beast is forced to become a recluse. When Belle and the Beast's lives intersect, the Beast and his servants hope that she will be the one to break the curse.
Putting on the musical has involved lots of technical creativity, including on-stage character changes and a magical mirror. Musicals are a lot of work, especially compared to non-musicals. In addition to spoken lines, actors must learn nuanced songs and complicated dance routines.
In the songs "Belle" and "Be Our Guest," the Rising Stars club has joined the chorus, adding to the complexity of the blocking. The Rising Stars are the middle school's performance group.
"Beauty and the Beast," in its complexity, allows the unique talents of Charleston Catholic students to shine. The play helps illustrate why creativity and art are so important; art can take fantasy tales with curses, magical inventions and enchanted princes and make it applicable to everyday life. Everyone can relate to the story of people who feel odd and unlovable because of their eccentricities.
With excellent plot, music, singers, and actors, "Beauty and the Beast" promises to be an exceptional show that will appeal to anyone who believes in the power of love.