Children’s Chorale celebrates their 17th season with their spring
production of Disney’s classic tale as old as time. No doubt there isn’t a soul on the planet Earth who doesn’t know
the story of Belle, Beast, an enchanted rose and a magical castle.
presents the magical tale in their usual magical way, employing volunteers
galore for a wonderful presentation.
Their lovely & comfortable facility, hospitable ushers, passed
refreshments and accommodating staff seem to make each of their events become
enchanted evenings of theatre. Their
young actors surely must feel that they are part of something special- and they
Elaine Sohrweid’s version of “Beauty & The Beast” gathers a bevy of almost
60 young people, the oldest in the cast just completing 8th
grade. The dancing, by longtime ECC
choreographer Pat Selby, is kept simple but is effective, and it appears the
kids in the cast all enjoyed learning it.
performances were too many to mention, but there were a few standouts. The role of Belle was played by sweet-voiced
Stella Gordon. Peter Hassinger was the
Beast, who had some good acting moments.
Charlotte Emm as Lumiere and Michael Dyer as Cogsworth made an enjoyable
pair, and Faith Lierheimer was a darling Mrs. Potts. Dylan Reed was wonderful in the often overlooked but vital role
of Maurice and Bryan Cole made a fun LeFou.
The show really belonged to Chas Lederer as Gaston, with his down-pat
vacant expressions. The other shining
star to mention was young Kevin Atkinson, as the always-in-character
bookseller, who brought so much to even the smallest role. That’s what it is all about, Kevin- keep up
the great work!
2 standout numbers from the show were “Gaston” and “Be Our Guest”. Many of the costumes were delightful and
there were innovations with “humans as set pieces” galore. Just of few of the features were
chairs that were actually used to sit on, a wilting rose, a wonderful table,
and a clever version of Maurice’s invention.
Best of all, though, were the antlers Gaston used in “all of his
Congratulations to ECC’s army of cast, crew
& volunteers on another great show.
These students will never forget being a part of “Beauty & The
Performed April 26 - May 5, 2007.
National Youth Theatre
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