Everyone knows the story of “Beauty and the Beast” and is likely to have been acquainted with the 1991 Disney animated version of the French folktale that has been retold by various cultures around the globe since the 1700s.
The smash hit was made into a Broadway musical in 1994 with seven songs added to the original version to accommodate the stage. Since then, the musical continued to thrive on stage until 2007, thus making the performance Broadway’s eighth longest production. A cast of 45 peoplefrom the Patio Playhouse will perform the full Broadway version of the production from August 12-27 at Kit Carson Park Amphitheatre. Included in the performance is an 18-piece orchestra.
“This venue seats up to 1,800 people and is shaping up to be Patio’s biggest show in all of our 50 years,” said Brenda Gunderson Townsend, a hard working producer for the play and director for the Youth Theatre at Patio Playhouse.
After watching the rehearsal, I can confidently say that the voices were perfect casting for this musical performance.Performers were working hard together to realize director Geoffrey A. Cox‘s desire for detail in motion, stage direction, energy and projection.
“Everyone enjoys working together with friends, old and new. Actors’ ages range from 8- to late 60’s in this production. There is a lot of excitement and energy with this group, working as a team to make the show the best it can be!” Cox said.
“There was a very high interest among actors to perform, when we announced auditions for ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ Auditionsbrought out more than 100 actors from all over San Diego County and beyond. The actress we cast as Belle was against 15 other very talented young ladies, and worked hard to prove herself during the open audition process,” he said.
“Beauty and the Beast” is the second show for the Patio Playhouses 50th season and promises to be quite a show. Tickets have been selling fast all across the country for this tour. Tickets and the list of talented cast members can be found at www.patioplayhouse.com/wp/10618/beauty-and-the-beast .