So, yes, the vision that Producing Artistic Director Andrew Kato and master puppeteer-dancer-actor and, in this case, director John Tartaglia came up with does indeed work, sometimes better than others. But her staging of the big production numbers has the verve, pizzazz and sheer ebullience earned the extended applause from the audience opening night. Tartaglia, Tony-nominated for his work on Avenue Q, developed the idea of using the puppets as storytelling tools as seamlessly integrated as the lights and sound. Vibrantly colorful hand-painted scenery showcases hand-carved wooden marionettes who appear and disappear mystically through the magic mirror. Not a sewing master or maven? At least 10 have specific and identifiable roles, but keeping within the idea that this is theater with patrons expected to go along with artifice, Tartaglia and company have most of the principals doubling and tripling in the ensemble. Retaining the character design of what audiences are accustomed to seeing from the film, enchanted objects like Lumiere, Mrs.
Running time 2 ½ hours with one intermission. This set is based on the fairy-tale Beauty and the Beast and includes eight puppets: Beauty, Beast, Prince, Father, two Nasty Sisters, castle with a rose garden, and a rose. Step 3: Cut along the dotted lines. To put them together you will need, scissors, split pins, wire or rods, and tape. Its success on stage, here as well as anywhere, is that the music and lyrics are joy incarnate and you have to be pretty dead inside not to be caught up in it.
And last - Thank you for all the people who watched this video. Tartaglia has been a dancer as well and he has infused flowing movement throughout even his dialogue scenes. She whipped up this great Beauty and Beast. The songs and lyrics for the original 1991 animated film by Alan Mencken and Howard Ashman are still a touching delight; as oft noted, the additional work by lyricist Tim Rice for 1994 stage version, not so much. Tuesday to Friday, 2 p.
But here, although the puppeteers for Lumière, Cogsworth and Company are fully visible to the audience as in Warhorse and Avenue Q, the paradigm is completely different. If you want to make a theatre to show them in is an excellent video to show you the way. With one exception, that means relatively stolid solid creatures; remember that in the film, their wood and brass bodies were animated as elastic as a bag of marbles, which cannot be done here. As Wright and Tartaglia acknowledge, they would just be pieces of machinery if not for the work of the puppeteers, some experienced like Malafronte and Paul Louis as Cogsworth, and others who have learned on the job. But Tartaglia, Lewis and Wright certainly pull out the stops with dancing dishes, utensils, lid snapping beer steins and the like. Our very own Audra Stafford takes us behind-the-scenes with , the master puppeteer for Disney Entertainment.
The rest of the show is the same as any of the editions since 1994 with strong voices, a superb band, fine choreography and solid staging — a typically faultless Maltz effort. Veteran Maltz musical director Helen Gregory once again proves herself a maestra in every sense: from guiding the clarion voices through stirring expressive solos to molding the cast into warm, welcoming waves of cresting production numbers. Potts, Cogsworth and Chip look like they jumped right off the screen and into the stage. Step 4: Glue onto a popsicle stick. In a timeless story about looking beyond the surface and beyond our differences to find the truth and dignity within each other, a strong and unselfish heroine sacrifices for her family and saves a man trapped in a prison of his own making. Step 2: Have your own little artist color, paint or glitter glue them. This is the first, but definitely not the last.
Their idea, which lands solidly here, was to not put on a puppet show. To learn more, watch the full segment below or see it air nationwide on California Life with Heather Dawson Beauty and the Beast Puppets:. Tell the story of Beauty and The Beast with these puppets, give them as gifts, use them to decorate. In some cases, the creatures are surrealistically original and inventive such as the jaw-snapping wolves and the old beggar woman turning into the Enchantress in the prologue. Now your child has his or her very own set of puppets to star in the show.
Kevin Hack is delightfully pompous as the uber-chauvinist Gaston who strikes more poses than the models in a muscle magazine, and Ricky Cona is a slapstick clown as the dimwitted sycophantic Lefou. Thank you for all the amazingly talented people who helped me with this production and make my dream a reality. Danielle Bowen as Belle and Zach Nadolski as the Beast have rich full voices that mine the power ballads for every emotion. See where the story takes them! Beauty and the Beast runs Nov. If you liked this, please share this with your friends and comment below : If you didn't like it, message me, let me know how I can improve so the next videos will be better.
Malafronte is an experienced puppeteer whose lengthy theater credentials includes playing Lumière on a cruise ship revue. The book by Linda Woolverton remains serviceable. Young and old alike will marvel at the science and technology which brings this magic to life. Potts delivers a lovely rendition of the title song. But clearly the audience has lucked out in Tartaglia choosing to work again with Shannon Lewis as a choreographer. Enchanted Beauty and the Beast characters like Mrs. Others in the cast include Alix Paige as Babette, Ray DeMattis as Maurice the father, Anna McNeely as Madame de la Grande Bouche, Evan Levi Barron and Reese Lores alternating as Chip, plus Wesley Slade late of Hand to God , James Berkley, Julia Joy, Alyssa Flowers, Brian Love, Allegra Miles, Cat Pagano, Kate Ryan, Daniel Schwab and Katherine Trott.
Cogsworth is just a fancy box with a mobile mouth. But at the same time, not only is there no waste, but Kato ensures that every dollar is intelligently, imaginatively, efficiently and visibly spent in every category. Let the playful shadows frolic across the walls and bring the magic of ancient theatre into your playroom! The kids are armed with their imaginations and puppets, now they need a stage. Show times are 7:30 p. But the production still shines even in scenes without the talking teapot and flirting dustmop. Simple and beautiful shadow puppets that you can print at home. The exception is the masterpiece of Lumière who looks exactly like the cartoon but is nimbly double-jointed and dexterous, with gesticulating arms and a body that bends over when in lust or excitement.
Open the set, attach the sticks provided, and let the story unravel on the walls of your very own playroom. For instance, there are 22 people in the cast. A turned around couch or chair makes a great stage too. Beauty and the Beast Puppets illustrated by artist Linda Olliver 3. Some seem pretty chintzy since they are literally inanimate two-dimensional cardboard, but some are pretty imaginative including the chorus kick line of napkins. Her leadership of the 11-piece band results in a clean, bright sound with brass accents and swelling strings, all of which sounds like an orchestra of twice that number.