Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is playing at The Topfer at ZACH Theatre through September 2, 2018. The show is Directed by ZACH Associate Artistic Director Abe Reybold with Musical Direction by Allen Robertson and Choreography by Sara Burke. Tickets start at $25 and are available at ZACH’s box office (512-476-0541 or at zachtheatre.org).
The looks on my children’s faces when they saw it all come together was absolutely priceless. The experience was multi-sensory, with action all over the theatre and sound and lighting effects that made you feel like you were out in the thunder with the characters. By intermission, the kids could barely contain their excitement and awe, wondering “how did they do that?” By the end of the show, they were asking how they could do it. I think we have a few future theatre kids in our mix, inspired by ZACH!
The actors were all fantastic, whether acting, singing, performing stunts, or dancing. Briana Brooks’ Belle sang as beautifully as her character’s namesake. Ethan Rogers (Beast, understudy) seamlessly switched from roaring animal to songbird during his impressive solos. Some other standout performances were June Julian as Madame de la Grande Bouche (she had us hooting every time she rifted off an aria), the hilarious comedic prowess of Kevin Pellicone (Lefou) and John Christopher (Cogwsorth), and of course, Martin Burke’s performance as Lumiere (who both literally and figurately brought the light throughout the show).
We thoroughly enjoyed the show from beginning to end, but the group numbers were especially memorable in song, choreography, and creativity of set and costume design. In “Be Our Guest,” I was amazed with how the costumes added to the song, and loved the way the napkins moved. I felt like I was in some other enchanted world right along with the heroine.
Beauty and the Beast is recommended for ages six and up, and has a running time of two hours and 40 minutes (including intermission).