Almost a week ago the cast of “Beauty and the Beast” performed their last show and there is still an eminent buzz from the community as to how amazing it was. In case you were not able to catch one of the three performances, we here at The Forest Scout have the entire low down of the musical.
As the musical began, the stage was draped in a thin fabric scrim barely highlighting the young prince as he was cursed by the young witch and transformed into the Beast, played by junior Bruce Kingsley. As the stage transformed into a quaint French village, sophomore Cara Page came skipping onto the stage wearing a light blue dress, perfectly portraying her character as Belle. From there, the scene progressed as we were finally introduced to the hunk of the town, Gaston, played by junior Adam Clayton. Also, fumbling around the stage was the right hand man to Gaston, LeFou, perfectly portrayed by senior Shiloh Graham. Also making several appearances, one of them strolling around the stage on a wooden bike machine, was Bradley Berklich, who played the role of Maurice, Belle’s loving father.
Later in the show, we were introduced to the enchanted items of the household in the Beast’s castle. These included Peter Sullivan, who imitated Lumiere, complete with a wax shaped wig and candle sticks for hands. Another hilarious character who never left his side was Cogsworth, the grandfather clock played by junior Ryan Benson, often seen waddling around the stage in his large wooden costume. Mrs. Potts, played by senior Elizabeth Clayton was also seen multiple times throughout the show pushing her son, Chip, played by freshman Kailey Albus, in a big box that she had to kneel in for almost the entirety of the show. The opera singing drawers played by Antoinette Pompe van Meerdevoort, as well as Lumiere’s flirty love interest, Babette, the feather duster played by Camille Valentincic also made numerous appearances in the performance.
One of the main highlights was during the number “Be Our Guest” where members of the cast came on stage in full body plate, silverware, napkin, and condiment costumes, dancing and even doing can-can routines. Another exciting moment of the show was when the village stormed into the castle to attack the Beast only to be met by all the enchanted employees of the palace. With Cogsworth waddling back and forth from one end of the stage to the other and Gaston running while carrying a frightened LeFou to safety, there was definitely not a moment to miss.
With this being Lake Forest High School’s 52nd musical, this one will go down as one of the most exciting and well-executed shows the school has ever put on