"The transition of good and evil is very important in this show," said CPAM artistic director Donna Roth co-staging with longtime CPAM member Lindsey Smith. "Also, there is the discovery of learning about differences, particularly realizing someone is not odd but normal. At one point, Belle tells the Beast her town thinks she's odd and he's shocked. This show reminds us it's not a bad thing to be who you are."
"I believe most people find 'Beauty and the Beast' appealing because the story revolves around breaking social norms," echoed David Shockey who portrays the Beast and whose previous CPAM credits include Captain Von Trapp in "The Sound of Music" and Lord Farquaad in "Shrek." "It's all about staying true to who you are even when society tells you to be someone else."
As he continues to mold his portrayal, Shockey, most recently seen in the Muse Machine’s production of “Hairspray,” says he’s determined to make the Beast complex. He has no intentions of merely interpreting one-dimensional anger.
"The Beast is multifaceted," he said. "There are many layers to his personality. All of his actions are driven by his conflicting emotions. As the story progresses, I want the audience to see that there is so much more to the Beast than his cold and harsh behavior."
THE CAST AND CREW
The principal cast includes Cleo Bowling and Emi Ford as Belle, Nick Bradley as Gaston, Kiersten Bradley as Lefou, Bradley Scearce and Spencer Truran as Cogsworth, Rami DiFlora and Mackenzie Fox as Mrs. Potts, Cassidy Jackson and Jenna Fazzari as Lumiere, Lily Myers and Jordan Head as Chip, Madi Day and Lauryn Templeton as Babette, Caitlin Zook and Gabby Smith as Madame de la Grande Bouche, Cameron Willis and Owen Caplinger as Maurice, Megan Daniels as Monsieur D’Arque, and Emma Decan as the Old Beggar Woman/Enchantress.
Roth and Smith’s artistic team includes choreographer Sheri “Sparkle” Williams of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, vocal director Stephanie Behr, set designer Melissa Smith, set builder/painter Chris Newman, sound and lighting designer Tim Guth, costumer Tonia Scearce, and orchestra conductor Chris Haines.
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"This is one of the largest and biggest shows we've done," Roth added. "We've particularly never done a two-story set before. We like to see our actors grow so we feel as a group that we need to grow too. We need to stretch our bounds as a growing organization. CPAM is a loving family environment for kids to be a part of. It's a wonderful place to learn and grow in their goals just as Belle and the Beast learn to love."
WANT TO GO?
What: Disney's "Beauty and the Beast"
Where: Memorial Auditorium, Park Avenue and Sixth Street, Miamisburg
When: May 5-13; 7 p.m. Fridays; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sunday
Tickets: $9 for students, seniors and military; $11 for adults. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
More info: Call (937) 867-0353, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit online at cpamburg.com