By Zachary Rhine
News & Features Editor
Red Lion’s theatre program proves once again that they’ve got tremendous talent as they took on another Disney classic “Beauty and the Beast” March 3 through 6.
The play began with the transformation of a prince (senior Mark Peters II) into a monstrous beast. An intriguing, beautiful yet outcast of a woman, Belle (senior Madison Smith) soon found herself as the Beast’s captive. So began a love story as old as time.
The leading couple stunned the audience with their talented voices. Numerous people, children and adults alike, complimented both Belle and the Beast during intermission and after the show. The children were wide-eyed as they saw their favorite Disney characters in person.
Another standout role was that of Gaston (junior Kevin Scheetz), whose song of the same name was perhaps the show’s best number choreography-wise. The cast truly exemplified their talent with this number, using the clinking of tavern mugs to create a unified, unique sound that added a certain flair to the show.
And perhaps most surprisingly of all was the near perfect casting of Lefou (sophomore Jonathan Rowe); a character only meant to be a sidekick ended up stealing the entire show. His impeccable comedic timing brought him well-deserved laughs and applause every time he hit the stage.
The rotating set designs truly brought the Beast’s castle to life, and showed off the stage crew’s capabilities as they had to move many of the set pieces in what seemed like only a fraction of a second.
Red Lion’s award-winning pit orchestra lended their talent to the performance, especially shining during iconic numbers such as “Be Our Guest” and the title number.
From the surprise of the confetti cannon at the end of “Be Our Guest” to Cogsworth (sophomore Eli Lanehart) joking about needing a life, this play truly offered something for all ages.
I’ve seen Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” countless times growing up, but this theatrical version breathed new life into this personal favorite. The cast’s performance earned them a well-deserved standing ovation before the final curtain closed.
Pictures in gallery courtesy of Caroline Smith.
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