Beauty and the Beast
Presented by Nipomo High School Theatre Department
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice
Book by Linda Woolverton
Having lived a life in selfishness, a young prince is cursed by a mysterious enchantress to having the appearance of a monstrous beast. His only hope is to learn to love a young woman and earn her love in return in order to redeem himself.
Years later, his chance shows itself when a young maiden named Belle offers to take her ill father’s place as his prisoner. With help from the castle’s enchanted staff, Belle learns to appreciate her captor and immediately falls in love with him.
Back in the village however, an unscrupulous hunter has his own plans for Belle.
There’s something about this story – and specifically the score, which was written 25 years ago- that is just magical, and that’s what still draws people in and is what makes this such a special experience. All eight of the film”s original songs were retained for the Broadway adaptation. Favorites are “Belle”, “Me”, “Is This Home”, “Gaston”,”Be My Guest”, “Human Again”, and “If I Can’t Love Her”
Beauty and the Beast will be directed by Robyn Metchik, who has had great success helping many students into professional theatrical careers. Choreography by Emmy Award Winner Suzy Miller, and Musical Director Mark Robertshaw.
Famed NHS Theatre graduates under the direction of Robyn Metchik include:
* Zac Efron, star of “High School Musical” I & II, “The Greatest Showman” and many other movies.
* Joanna Jones,currently starring on Broadway in “Hamilton”.
* Katie Boeck appeared in “Spring Awakening” on Broadway and performed at the Tony Awards Show in 2016.
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