SpineOut : June 2014
‘A tale as old as time ...’ In a small town in rural France, a young woman, Belle, is more interested in the tales she reads in books than the ones her suitors tell her. But when her father mysteriously goes missing, Belle discovers a story stranger than any she has encountered before. In an abandoned castle, a fallen prince is consumed by his beastly visage with only the faded household for company. Will Belle be able to save the prince from himself? Based on Disney’s 1992 musical film version, the gothic fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast will cast its spell once more ... There’s another side to the tale however, one much more interesting, much more spectacular, much more spellbinding. It is the tale of those behind the scenes: the blood, sweat and tears put into costumes, lighting, the actors themselves and the hours and hours of work put in that remains a mystery to the world. A mystery no longer! Now we go behind the scenes to see what made Brigidine College St Ives’ musical Beauty and the Beast happen! Based on the 1991 Disney film, with music written by super star composer Alan Menken (AKA The guy who wrote most of the scores for Disney films for the last 20 years), and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. It is the 8th longest running production in history having run for 5461 shows on Broadway between 1994 and 2007. With such a reputation behind the musical they were performing, Brigidine’s musical crew had quite a lot to live up to! And live up to it, they did. What was interesting was how original Brigidine’s version of the show was. There was very much the wish from everyone who took part in the musical to be a little bit different from any other interpretation of this classic. I was luckier than most that my role as Roving Reporter gave me back-stage access to see the inner workings of the musical - the little quirks that stamped every single bit of the musical with that little something extra that screams, ‘Brigidine College St Ives’ Musical crew made me!!!’, even though it is quite a mouthful to say it. I had an amazing time at the musical and while the video can never match watching the show live on stage, I hope that you too could see a little bit of the magic that I, and so many other people experienced. reporter A ROARING SHOW Amanda in Year 11 at Brigidine College in St Ives, NSW, reports in from the school’s stage production of Beauty and the Beast. Beauty and the Beast ISSUE 22 JUN-JUL 2014 Members of the Chorus Annelies as Gaston L - R Katherine and Maddie as the Beast and the Belle Amanda (Year 11) from Brigidine College in St Ives, NSW is our Roving Reporter for this month.