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Beauty and the Beast
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Synopsis

Synopsis

A Tale as Old as Time: The Story of Beauty and the Beast

 

The story opens as an enchantress disguised as a beggar woman visits the palace of a cruel and selfish prince, offering him an enchanted rose in exchange for shelter from a storm. When he refuses, she reveals her identity and transforms the Prince into a beast and the members of his court into household objects. She warns the Prince that the spell will only be broken if he learns to truly love another and be loved in return.

In a nearby village, Belle, the book-loving daughter of an eccentric inventor named Maurice, is teased by her friends about her love of reading. She tries avoiding Gaston, a narcissistic hunter who wants to marry her because of her beauty. En route to a fair to showcase his latest invention, Maurice gets lost in the forest and is set upon by a pack of wolves. He escapes and seeks refuge in the Beast's palace. There, the Beast finds Maurice and imprisons him for trespassing.  Belle is worried about her father traveling through the wood and ventures out searching for him.  She too is attacked by the leader of the wolf pack, but courageously faces the menace and escapes. 

Belle finds her way to the palace.  It is a mysterious and ominous place, until she meets the magically transformed members of the court: Lumière, the candelabra; Cogsworth, the clock; Mrs. Potts, the teapot; her child, Chip, the teacup; and Plumette, the feather duster. She asks them if they have seen her father, and the colorful cast of characters, knowing of the Beast’s dislike of strangers in his domain, try and keep her from wandering the palace looking for her father. Belle persists, finding him locked in the castle dungeon. The Beast is enraged to find yet another intruder in his domain. Belle pleads to take Maurice's place as the Beast's prisoner in exchange for her father's freedom, and he agrees.

Lumière and the others convince the Beast to treat Belle as a guest, not a prisoner, and offer her dinner.  When Belle refuses to eat, the Beast becomes enraged and storms off.  Belle accepts the fact that she must stay at the palace. The Beast tries to make amends for his temper and takes Belle to his library. She is enchanted and realizes that there is more to this monster than what she sees on the surface. 

The colorful crew of magical characters are excited to see the friendship developing between Belle and the Beast, and plot to help a romance bloom between the two, knowing this could break the Enchantress’ spell.

After sharing a romantic dance with the Beast, Belle does start to fall in love, but she misses her father. She asks Beast to let her go see Maurice and the Beast releases her. The Beast is heartbroken when Belle leaves and Cogsworth and the others are distraught that they will remain enchanted forever.

Maurice has let the villagers know about Belle and the Beast, and an angry mob, led by Gaston, storm the palace. Belle finds her father and explains the Beast is good and kind and they try to stop the fight.  Realizing that Belle loves the Beast, a jealous and outraged Gaston searches him out. 

Gaston attacks the Beast, who is too depressed from Belle's departure to fight back, but regains his spirit upon seeing Belle return. He defeats Gaston, but he has been terribly injured and dies in Belle's arms, as she tearfully professes her love. The Enchantress reappears and the spell is undone, reviving the Beast, and restoring his human form along with all the others. In joyful celebration, the Prince and Belle host a ball for the kingdom, where they dance and live happily ever after.

Cast

Choreography

Robert Gardner

Music Composers

Debussy, Fauré, Khachaturian, Offenbach, and Ravel

Costumes

Pam McMindes

 

 

Belle

Anna Ackerman

Beast

Keith Justin Reeves

Enchantress

Sophie Stewart

Gaston

Ryo Munakata

Cogsworth

Anna Stewart

Mrs. Potts

Angela Wentling

Plumette

Lizzie McMindes

Lumière

Ryo Munakata

Chip

Maggie Ramich

 

Ladies of the Court

Lizzie McMindes

Maggie Ramich

Anna Stewart

Angela Wentling

 

Maurice (Belle’s Father)

Johnathan King

 

Village Girls

Kendall Austin

Maggie Ramich

Olivia Allen (student of NYSBTA*)

Skylar DeVore (student of NYSBTA*)

 

Village Men

Gus Long

Marty Ramich

 

Village Children (students of NYSBTA*)

Brantley Deacon

Nora Montonaro

Eleanor Doyle

Stella Tolomeu

Brooks Hartford

John Velarde

 

Wolves (students of NYSBTA*)

Saanvi Barat

Killian Beck

Amelia Glocker

Evie Jackson

 

Books (students of NYSBTA*)

Eliana Daniel

Maggie Gasparino

Emilia Kim

Cora Mersereau

Clare Montonaro

Lily Tytler

Vivienne Velarde

 

Silverware (students of NYSBTA*)

Kendall Austin

Saanvi Barat

Killian Beck

Skylar DeVore

Amelia Glocker 

Evie Jackson

 

Feather Dusters (students of NYSBTA*)

Kaitlin Bauman

Kensley Biscaro

Nina Handley

Esme Hughes

Ava Morton

Lilah Mondello

Natalia Mondello

Yodee Peng

Brenn Thomas

 

Plates (students of NYSBTA*)

Kelsey Bauman

Faith Ferraraccio

Cassidy Norris

Antonia Richeson

Lindsey Schoen

Flora Schultz

Fay Yanello

*New York State Ballet Training Academy

Cast List
The Orchestra

Artistic Staff

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Katherine Johnson
Artistic Director

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Robert Gardner
Artistic Associate

Artistic Staff

The Company

The Company
Staff and Production

Business Manager - Carole Diamond Frankel

Photography and Videography - Demian Spindler

Graphic Design - Lisa Gates

Wardrobe Mistress - Pam McMindes

Jim Niger, Professional Instant Press

 

New York State Ballet Board Members

Katherine Johnson, Founder and Executive Chair
Kara Bosco, Board Member
Miranda Glocker, Board Member
Pam McMindes, Board Member
Claire Mondello, Board Member

Sponsors

Programming made possible by support from:

The County of Monroe

New York State Council on the Arts

Thank you to our sponsors and donors:

The Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation

Merrill Lynch - Woodring Ponticello

M&T Bank

Bank of America

Brighton Securities

Wegmans Food Markets

Evolution Financial Advisors

The Schottland Family YMCA

Marilyn Enderby

The Schoen Family

CONTACT
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Office: (585) 203-1763 

Cell: (585) 704-1903 

Email: plie@newyorkstateballet.org

Mail:

PO Box 201, Pittsford, NY 14534

VISIT
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Studio Location:

821 Fairport Rd. E. Rochester, NY 14445

 

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