‘Beauty and the Beast’: The magic returns


Beauty and the Beast

Alex Smith

A classic love story never gets old. Looking past the outer image to see someone lovable within is a lesson “Beauty and the Beast” taught us as children. This Saturday, the classic tale will be told upon the stage of Stephens Auditorium for us to learn all over again.

“Looking past the cover of the book, looking past someone’s outward appearance to see inside really spoke to me.” said Julia Louise Hosack, who plays Mrs. Potts.

It is the same adventure and the same theme as the Disney movie, but with more magic. There are added songs such as “Human Again,” which wasn’t originally in the movie but was added to the re-release, and many more that are new to those who have only seen the film.

“The main characters get solos you don’t get in the movie,” said Michael Haller, who plays the part of Lumiere. This live version of an old story helps to connect with the characters like never before. Haller regards it as “an enhanced version of the film.”

This particular show has won a Tony Award for best costumes, making it visually interesting as well. Haller revealed that he has control of the flames on his costume of the candlestick. This gives an occasional laugh or glimpse of emotion.

Like in the movie, there are background characters that add a certain flare to the story. Hosack said there are moving gargoyles to help move set along with forks, spoons, knives, napkins and all the other characters seen in the movie to add to the life on the stage.

“It’s really enriching to see how the ensemble works,” Haller said.

The minor characters work as individual story tellers making their own story each night.

“I think the show speaks to every single person,” Hosack said.

Haller agreed. “I don’t think a college audience will get any less than a largely family-based audience,” he said.

“If you think it’s cool to see the Beast transform in the movie, you should see our Beast transform on stage,” Hosack said.

The stage version of the show is truly something else in comparison to the film. “We take you way from your home,” Hosack said.

This show can sweep you off your feet and into a new place. “It’s the magic of theater,” Haller said. “That really brings you into the story the way that no movie can.”

Beauty and the Beast

When: 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29

Where: Stephen’s Auditorium

Cost: $32 ISU students, $55 single ticket