Beauty & the Beast 


"He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man"   Samuel Johnson


The Cast

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The elite Company 

Kira Akmajian, Allyson Bugos, Ben Costales, Paul Costales, Monica Garcia, Isaac Garcia, Tianna Garcia, Kariana Gonzalez, Alex Hardin, Kiera Johnson, Alyssa Lamb, Holly Litfin, Esther Michnovicz, Nikki Morrison, Shea Ortiz, Megan Othling, Megan Rede, Coryn Richey, Grace Salazar, Rachel Salazar, Cara Sowers, Audrey Swanson, Alicia Swanson, Vanessa Trujillo, Jon Vigil, Gabby Vigil, Hannah Vigil, Alyssa Williams

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The Story....

The king has died and his mistress, Zypherine has control of the kingdom.  Prince Bay, the rightful heir to the crown must marry before he can take the throne.  After he refuses Zypherine's advances, he falls victim to her schemes and manipulation.  If he will not marry her, she will make sure that no one will want to marry him.

ACT ONE

Scene One - Death of a King

Scene Two – Crowning Day  Ensemble: Holly Litfin, Vanessa Trujillo, Alyssa Williams

Scene Three – Envoys    Ensemble: Alyssa Williams, Holly Litfin, Vanessa Trujillo, Esther Michnovicz

Scene Four – The Curse   Ensemble: Holly Litfin, Alyssa Lamb, Esther Michnovicz,  Vanessa Trujillo, Alyssa Williams

Scene Five – The Beast

Scene 6 – The Alliance   Soloists: Tim Nguyen and Vanessa Trujillo

Scene Seven – The Garden

Scene Eight – Similitude

 

ACT TWO

Scene One – The Prince and The Servant

Scene Two – Belle

Scene Three – Zypherine

Scene Four – Be My Guest

Scene Five – The Cure

Scene Six – Bay's Choice

Scene Seven – Beauty and the Beast

Scene Eight – The Rightful King  Ensemble: Holly Litfin, Vanessa Trujillo, Alyssa Williams

Scene Nine - The Queen  

The End


"O powerful love, that in some respects makes a beast a man, in some other, a man a beast."  William Shakespeare


The Crew:

Story adaptation: Cheri Costales

Director: Cheri Costales

Choreographers: Cheri Costales, Alyssa Lamb, Esther Michnovicz, Vanessa Trujillo

Rehearsal Coaching: Cheri Costales, Esther Michnovicz, Cara Sowers, George Williams

Stage Manager: Cathy Costales

Sound and Lighting: Ben Costales and Matt Ramsey

Dressing Rooms: Lillian Garcia

Backstage Management: Paul Costales and Jon Vigil

Premiere Night: Esther Michnovicz

Directors Assistant: Heidi Vigil

House Management: Renee Rede

Lobby Sales: Lillian Garcia and Erin Morrison

Box Office: Heidi Vigil and Donna Bugos

Costumes: Cheri Costales, Linda Downum, Tracey Meisenheimer, Erin Morrison

Photography by Two Brunos Photography


From the Director:  

When I first began preparing to write the script for "Beauty & the Beast", I had a hard decision to make.  Magic or no magic....the entire feel and direction of the show hinged on that choice.  Honestly, magic would have been the easy way out, at least from a dancing perspective.  Magic would have given us many avenues for dance pieces and fun scenes, as Disney's rendition of the beloved story does so well.  Even in the French version of the tale, there are elements of magic that I was tempted to adopt.  But, in the end, I decided that a realistic story would be so much more compelling (if I could get it right)....so I used the French version's back story of the Beast as a starting point and went for it.  

The story took shape, the dance pieces found their places, and the characters gained their complexity.   I realized that I was delving into some real thought provoking subjects that if handled correctly would create a very compelling story about friendship, love, loyalty, hate, deception, manipulation, and sacrifice. 

I asked my actors to create "back stories" for their characters for our first rehearsal and I was amazed at how much they already grasped what the story and the characters were about, and their stories began to fill in parts of my story that I hadn't even begun to think about.  I knew after that first rehearsal that we had a story worth telling and the right people in the right roles to do it.  

Working with the cast and crew of "Beauty & the Beast" has been such a joy.  It is a true blessing to be surrounded by people who work so hard and have such devotion to a single goal.....telling a good tale

 

Cheri has been writing scripts and directing shows for the elite Company for over fifteen years. Her writing mostly consists of derivative work, adapting stories to work for dance theatre (The Picture of Dorian Gray, A Christmas Carol, Dracula, Peter Pan, The Scarlet Letter, Cinderella, The Jungle Book).  Her most recent work has included original scripts of, "The Shoe Room" about WWII and victims of the Holocaust, and "The Problem With Fairies" for the elite 2015 Kids Theatre Project.  Cheri has been teaching dance, choreographing for and directing the elite Dance Company for over 20 years. 

 


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