Beauty and the Beast—Live on Stage debuted November 22, 1991, at then Disney-MGM Studios’ (now Disney’s Hollywood Studios) Theater of the Stars.
Beauty and the Beast—Live on Stage debuted at Walt Disney World Resort at what was then called Disney-MGM Studios on November 22, 1991. The opening of the stage show at now-Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ Theater of the Stars marked the first time a feature film and its stage version opened on the same day. While the music comes straight from the movie and its Academy Award-winning composers, Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, the story line was tweaked a bit to fit it into 25 minutes.
“More than this provincial life”
The familiar tale begins with Belle longing for “more than this provincial life.” The story follows her to the Beast’s palace where she befriends the castle’s enchanted residents. Gaston, the overbearing and over-egoed villain, leads the villagers in a tirade to kill the beast, but in the end, Belle’s love triumphs! The spell the Beast was under is broken, and he transforms before Guests’ very eyes into a handsome prince.
A Broadway caliber performance defined by elaborate costumes, lively song and dance numbers, and dramatic special effects, Beauty and the Beast—Live on Stage captivates Guests of all ages in this covered, outdoor entertainment venue.
Hint: Be sure to arrive early to get a good seat and enjoy a pre-show musical treat.
“Beauty and the Beast” is a traditional folktale first published by Jeanne-Marie LePrince de Beaumont of France in 1757. Many variations have been transcribed over generations, including one by the famous Grimm brothers of Germany. Read through several versions to see how the “tale as old as time” varies when recorded by different storytellers.
A minimum of three participants are required for this writing exercise. Seat students around a table with pen and paper. Set a timer for 10 minutes and allow students to create the beginning of a fictional story. When the timer buzzes, have them pass their papers to the student on their right and silently read over the story handed to them. Set the timer for a new 10 minutes and have students add to the story in front of them. Repeat the process until each student has contributed to each story twice. Have them read the completed stories aloud.
This exercise not only helps get creative writing gears cranking, it gives the students an understanding of how different authors’ perspectives can alter the intent of the original idea.
SCHOOL SUBJECT: Creative Writing
SKILL LEVEL: Middle Grades
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