In the early 90’s I, like many other young girls fell in love with Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. I was captivated as I followed the journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman.
Now a mum, I have asked my boys to watch the movie with me but they say it’s for girls! (They don’t know what they are missing).
Today my boys got to experience the magic of Beauty and the Beast for the first time. We were invited to attend Beauty & the Beast ‘A Twist in Time’ a performance by the very talented young cast of Kinetic Theatre Arts.
The classic tale retold, followed Belle as she is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. With some quirky and some sinister new characters the classic storyline had a darker edge to it in places and if you didn’t want to say goodbye to Christmas just yet…this retelling has a Christmas tree in it!!
The performance was filled with magic and enchantment. Filled with songs that we know and love, such as, “Be Our Guest” and “Beauty and the Beast (Tale as Old as Time)”. The performance also had songs that I’ve not heard before, such as, ‘If I Cant Love Her’ which was performed by Llewys Brewer (The Beast) and ‘Home’ which was sung beautifully by Lydia Wheeler (Belle).
The talented cast was made up of Llewys Brewer (The Beast) Lydia Wheeler (Belle) Josh Adams (Maurice), Drew Thompson-Bestwick (Mrs Potts), Laura Dawkes (Lumiere), Callum Lush (Cogsworth) and Ieuan Davies (Gaston).
It was clear to see that all involved had put everything they had into making this performance a success.
I was particularly impressed with Ieuan Davies who took on the role of Gaston, a vain hunter who vies for Belle’s hand in marriage. Ieuan’s stage presence and ability to be a likeable villain was suburb! I liked his side kick Lefou played by Ben Page, this duo was a good match.
Laura Dawkes who played Lumiere was fantastic! I loved her singing voice and the way in which she portrayed the flirtatious candlestick. The onstage relationship with Cogsworth, Lumiere’s best friend played by Callum Lush was great.
Drew Thompson-Bestwick who played Mrs Potts was another talented singer who captivated the audience with the song “Beauty and the Beast (Tale as Old as Time)”. Drew portrayed the caring and maternal tea-pot with ease. Little tea-cup Chip was never far from her side, Chip was played by the very cute Luke Wiener.
And of course how could I not say how impressed I was with Llewys Brewer and Lydia Wheeler who played Belle and the Beast. Both young performers should be very proud, they managed to captivate and enthral the audience.
The costume and make up was well-fitting with the tale. The stage direction and management was tip-top as the set was changed quickly from scene to scene.
The stage lighting and effects were brilliant. With regards to music, I think at times it may have been a slight to loud for the audience to hear performers without microphones. This was not a problem for me as I was sat at the front but I did think about the audience further away from the stage.
My eldest son aged 5, really liked the Beast, he eagerly awaited for him to come onto the stage. He loved his mask and said he was scary…he likes scary things. My youngest son aged 3, enjoyed the songs and he also liked the ladies shiny shoes…not sure which character he was referring to lol.
The boys now want to watch Beauty and the Beast on DVD. My Eldest said… It’s not only for girls!!!
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