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Bill Condon Narrates a Scene from Beauty and the Beast

This scene from the live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast” features Emma Watson as Belle and Kevin Kline as her father, Maurice. Mr. Kline sings a song written specifically for the new film, “How Does a Moment Last Forever.” In an interview, the director Bill Condon explained why new songs were added and what his narrative approach was. Here are excerpts from that conversation.

What strikes you about this particular scene?

A lot of people who’ve written about the movie have said that it’s kind of a copy of the animated film, and I thought this scene was a good illustration of how that really isn’t true.

In translating a movie from an animated form into this new medium, inevitably things become more real, nuanced, and hopefully filled with history and psychology. I think the crucial thing is that no relationship, no matter how loving, is without its difficulties. And so that’s what I wanted to introduce here, a sense that there is something about her father that frustrates Belle.

Maurice didn’t have a song in the animated movie, correct?

Right, but he had a song in the Broadway show called “No Matter What.” I looked at the songs from the Broadway show and none of them really fit into what I thought we should do in this film. So this was the first of the three songs that I asked Alan Menken and Tim Rice to write. I really do think Tim nailed it with the first lyric: “How does a moment last forever? How does a story never die?”

As this song goes through the movie, it tracks the relationship between Maurice and Belle, and also the mystery surrounding Belle’s mother’s death.

Would you talk about the music boxes and drawings in Maurice’s studio?

They all represent scenes from different cultures. Belle’s knowledge of the world comes from the very few books that she gets to read and from these images that her father has created. So she has grown up looking at these things. There are depictions of Russia, for example, and the Far East. And in a way, her father’s art represents a way for her to imagine the world.

What was the design philosophy here?

I knew going in that we were going to have a computer-generated beast and computer-generated household objects singing. Because of that I really wanted as much of the rest of the world to be built. I do think people feel the difference. So we took over the entire back lot and many, many stages at Shepperton Studios in London.

The scene was designed by the brilliant Sarah Greenwood with her great decorator Katie Spencer, who created all those beautiful music boxes. They refer to a very specific period: the 1740s in France, which is when the original story was written.

anonymous asked:

*Slams door open* HI HOW YA DOIN'? May I request RFA + V + Saeran reacting to MC getting new lens for her frames, and her so shocked that she can see clearly now? I just got my new lens for my frames and I can see e v e r y t h i n g

A/N: *gently fixes door* I can see clearly now the rain has gooooone~ ~Admin 404

I literally went with MC is super stubborn and their glasses do Nothing™ and it’s almost as if they weren’t wearing any ^^;;

*YOOSUNG:

               -He was wondering why, even with your glasses, you were squinting and having a hard time seeing

               -Oh nO WHAT IF YOUR GLASSES WOULDN’T HELP YOU ANYMORE?

               -WHAT IF YOU WERE GOING COMPLETELY FINE??

               -You told him you just needed some new lenses and he waited impatiently for you to get home from the eye doctor because?? What if he was right?? And what if you just said that to protect his feelings?

               -The moment you walk through the door he’s hugging your ankles, crying, telling you how much he’ll always be there to help you see with his eyes instead

               -And all you could do was laugh? Because not only is he overreacting but you can /see/ how bad he was?

               -He stood up, tears streaming down his face and you laughed softly, because what a dork? But he was your dork and you loved him

               -But holy crAP NOW YOU CAN SEE HOW SPARKLY HIS EYES WERE WHEN THERE WERE TEARS IN THEM! YOU COULD SEE JUST HOW SOFT HIS HAIR LOOKED AND HOW AMAZINGLY ADORABLE HIS CUTE LITTLE PUPPY-LIKE DEMEANOR WAS

               -You couldn’t help but ramble about how absolutely adorable you thought he was for days after your new lenses, telling him that now you can see every little detail and how all it did was make you fall in love with him more and he was a blushing mess

               -Why didn’t you get new lenses sooner?? Not only are you always complimenting him and he thought it was sooo nice because wowie, you really think this about him?? Not to mention your LOLOL skills are even /better/ now that you can actually see and he’s so excited for you!!! /and totally not just excited that now y'alls guild is number one;;/

*ZEN:

               -You knew he was beautiful but d a m n

               -You new lenses honed in on his beauty and you were living for it

               -When you saw him, you were always visibly more excited than usual and your face would light up

               -And he loved it!!! He lived to see your bright smile always directed towards him

               -He also loved all of the compliments you give him!

               -“I can finally see how truly chiseled your jaw line is..” you better watch out though

               -Too many compliments like that and it is the Beast™

               -YOU CAN ACTUALLY HELP HIM PRACTICE HIS LINES NOW BECAUSE YOU CAN SEE THE WORDS AND THE BOTH OF YOU ARE /HYPED/

               -You can see him up on the stage, his costume, and the backdrop perfectly now and you’re so happy it actually brings tears to your eyes which, in turn, brings tears to his eyes

               -It’s literally just a never ending cycle of crying over all of the beauty in the world and the both of you are extreme dorks

*JAEHEE:

               -She has non-prescription glasses so she doesn’t exactly /know/ the struggle but she can imagine

               -Sometimes she can tell how bad you’re struggling, considering you try to read the recipe for a cake and the paper is practically taped to your forehead

               -When you started to struggle at making people’s coffees even with your glasses, she was the one who decided you needed to get new lenses and wouldn’t take no for an answer

               -You threw the coffee shop door open, practically sprinting through the door

               -“JAEHEE. DID YOU KNOW THERE ARE /LEAVES/ ON THE TREE OUTSIDE?? OR THAT OUR SIGN HAS /WORDS/??”

               -Yes MC, she’s very aware

               -You’re pointing every little detail out, telling her how beautiful her work (and she) is

               -She’s just glad you can finally see! Didn’t have a clue why you would bother with your old lenses when you couldn’t see! Why didn’t you get new ones sooner??

               -She also doesn’t have to fix your cake batter anymore, she loves you but MC you did not stir it enough;;;

               -A lot of the time you just slide right up next to her and stare at her until she looks at you, then you compliment her eyes and run away but she’s a blushing mess?? MC how dare you, get back here

*JUMIN:

               -“YOU HAVE BLUE EYES??”

               -He can hear you loudly asking Elizabeth from the other room. Of course she did?

               -Walked in to you running up to the glass door, looking outside

               -“THERE ARE BUILDINGS OUT THERE!”

               -What in the world were you talking about? They’ve always been there

               -You turned around and saw him, your smile stretching from ear to ear

               -Hugging him tightly and snuggling into his chest, you tell him all about your new lenses and how you can actually see everything

               -He’s just as shocked as you are about the situation??? He’s not shocked that you can see but he’s shocked you had been lying about seeing??

               -Why didn’t you say something sooner!!! He would have gotten you new lenses a very long time ago!!! MC don’t do this to him

               -But now he can take you to some of the most beautiful places in the world, since he knows you can /actually/ see it all

*SAEYOUNG:

               -HE KNOWS THE BEAUTIFUL FEELING OF NEW LENSES

               -The moment you burst through the door and he looked into your eyes, he /knew/

               -“YOU GOT NEW LENSES” “HELL YEAH I DID!”

               -Immediately takes you out for a drive, so the two of you can look at all of the scenery of his favourite places

               -“SAEYOUNG! I CAN READ THE DRIVE-TRU MENU NOW!”

               -Now when he asks you to hand him HBC you’ll actually give him some instead of some random semi-yellow object you mistake for it

               -You were stubborn and wanted to wait until you were /positive/ you couldn’t use the lens anymore and he just waited because hey same

               -But now you can see all of the dumbass memes he sends you and sometimes you wonder if the lenses are worth it

               -You can see! So what does he do? Put sticky notes with terrible jokes on them everywhere so you can see them, fuck off saeyoung

               -Hey, now you can see the chip crumbs on his lips before he kisses you now as opposed to before when he did it on purpose just to throw you off

*DADDV:

               -“Hey MC what does this letter say” “I dunno I was hoping you could see it”

               -Pre-Surgery that I Headcanon he gets because I want him to be Happy™- he cannot see very much

               -“Ah, V, there you are!” “MC? That you?” You both ask as you’re feeling a freaking lamp

               -Enough was enough and you decided you needed to suck it up and get new lenses

               -And boy oh boy when you did, you felt GREAT

               -But you were also an asshole, but in a loving way

               -“V! I can actually see the details on this flower! Look- oh oops you can’t haha, love you”

               -You’re such a brat but he loves you anyway, and he’s really happy for you!!

               -But now he wants to see just how happy you are! So maybe he should think about fixing his problem…

               -For now, he could listen to you describe every little detail on your surroundings for days, hearing the excitement in your voice was enough to bring a large smile to his face

*SAERAN:

               -“Hey Saeyoung!” “GOD DAMMIT MC NOT AGAIN”

               -He was tired of you walking by and thinking he was his brother, so he was the one who made you get new lenses!

               -The moment you came home, you feinted surprise when you looked at his face

               -“Damn I didn’t know you were that ugly”

               -He pouted and playfully punched your shoulder, a smile tugging at his lips

               -Now the two of you can actually play things like pictionary and things like that

               -Which really broadens your game horizons! He was tired of having to tell you everything step by step because you couldn’t see

               -He also loved that you liked to just stare at his face, taking in all of his features

               -But he will /never/ tell you that. You look at him and he pretends to get upset and turn away

               -You still walk by and called him Saeyoung every now and then though, but you’d have to take off running since now he knows it isn’t an innocent mistake


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fantasticalnonsense18  asked:

Lately I've been pondering the development of Beauty and Beast's relationship, chiefly in Villeneuve/Beaumont's and Disney's versions, and of course you're own; each retelling is unique in its own way, and each has different lessons to teach. My question to you is, how has this relationship developed over the centuries (i.e. how we interpret it), and who do you think learns more from the other, or has more character growth, due to this relationship: Beauty or Beast?

Ooh, that’s a GREAT question, and not one I can really give a short or glib answer to…

Most older variants of the story are interested in Beauty getting what she deserves —wealth, station and an appropriate mate. This makes sense, as it’s a story about a woman told by women —first at great length in Villeneuve’s novella, and then in a much shorter bowdlerized form by Beaumont. The primary concern of the story is Beauty being respectfully courted by a remarkable patient and good hearted, but ugly, individual. This is, heartbreakingly, a deeply romantic fantasy when we consider that its authors were women who had been foisted into loveless political marriages with less than kindhearted men — it’s the story of hoping the man with whom you are forced co-habitate will turn out to be a kind prince, in spite of first seeming to be an unknowable monster.

The details of the characters aren’t precise —these are fairy tales after all. The Prince has no name, and neither does the heroine (she is so pretty people call her a beauty — this isn’t actually her name). Villeneuve glories in setting her stage and painting her set details, but never gives us much idea of the characters’ emotional lives. Beaumont trims the fat (and the backstory) but leaves us with even less to build upon. All we really know is the Beauty is kind, optimistic, hard-working and good, and her Beast is patient, self-effacing and perhaps a touch melodramatic.

It’s when we begin moving into cinema and the modern trend towards broader retellings that we start to see some digging into the character’s emotional state;

Cocteau’s film gives us a remarkable sensual Beast, and a stern, restrained Beauty. The story, abstract in places, relying on metaphor and surrealist imagery, can be taken as an emotional one — Beauty’s strange journey towards realizing her own sensual desires, as depicted by a man who seems to be an animal… or is he her brother’s friend? She’s not sure. They run together in her mind. Although Cocteau’s Beast is a powerful image with his smoking claws, his diamond tears, and his stalking bloodied through Beauty’s bedchamber, the emotional journey is not his.

Robin Mckinley gave us our next step in her fully realized novel, Beauty — a straightforward and no- nonsense story told from the heroine’s straightforward and no-nonsense point of view. Here, Beauty’s interior life is on full display. It is most definitely her story, her growth, and her revelations we care about. Her Beast is already more or less a complete person — one who is happy to rediscover his love of horses, yes, but not with any great emotional journey to make. Once more, it is Beauty who must grapple with herself, while the Beast waits patiently for her to come him as the inevitable conclusion.

When Disney arrives (borrowing much of McKinley’s Beauty for their own bookish, horse-loving Belle) they begin an exploration we haven’t seen before —one into the Beast’s interior life. Gone is the gentle patient soul waiting for the girl to open up to him. Here, suddenly is the angry young man raging against circumstances and lashing out at the world. For the first time, we have a Beast who is every bit as beastly as he appears. For the first time, we have a Beauty who is awaiting the maturation her partner, her own journey already complete.

Leading up to this point, we’d seen a number of explorations of the story that allowed the Beast to become a metaphor for Beauty’s awakening sexuality, her exploration of unconscious desire, or her self actualization. We hadn’t seen a Beast who was a person in and of himself since Beaumont trimmed away Villeneuve’s backstory of a boy cursed by a caregiver-turned-predator.

Since then, we’ve seen a number of adaptations concerned with the Beast’s journey back to humanity — Donna Jo Napoli’s “Beast”,  Alex Flinn’s “Beastly” , and Disney’s Broadway adaptation of the animated film among others. Rare is the appearance of the patient and polite monster suitor we originally knew. The Beast has become a masculine metaphor for self-loathing, for fear of one’s desires and impulses, and for the conquering of one’s aggression. His winning of love and subsequent return to shining humanity is a promise that even the most unlovable of us can grow and change and be redeemed. It is an interesting cultural shift, that this once very female-centred story is now often one of masculine growth and change.

So, in trying to sum up, traditionally Beauty and the Beast has been a story about a young woman’s journey to accepting an unconventional male partner. In the twentieth century, it become a popular metaphor for the awakening of female sexuality and power. Now, more and more, we see it as a metaphor for the channeling of negative masculinity into positive masculinity. The story evolves. We pull new meaning from it, stretch it this way and that, examine it in the mirror, and take it apart to see how it ticks. It changes to suit our cultural needs, and it will continue to change.

In my own work, I’m trying to move a step further — to write a story about equals. Two people growing in complimentary ways, rather than one partner awaiting the other. We will always have our separate initiation rites, but for now I’m interested in seeing how a relationship blossoms. A particular quote has stayed with me through the development of the comic adaptation of Beauty and the Beast and it is this:

“A generation ago, great writers and editors like Jane Yolen, Ellen Datlow… reclaimed the traditional heritage: dismissing soft-focus, Disneyfied Snow White and Cinderella, rediscovering grim truths and quick-witted, resourceful heroines. That’s fine, that’s excellent work. But what I’ve wanted to do is to reclaim the relationships. To bring the prince and the princess together, instead of sending them off on segregated initiation trials. To let them meet as human beings, as friends, and fight side by side.”

—Gwyneth Jones”

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Beauty and the Beast- Live on Stage

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Emma Watson Staged A Harry Potter Reunion At The Beauty And The Beast Premiere
Disney magic is the only thing powerful enough to bring Gryffindors and Slytherins together
By Crystal Bell

Emma Watson personally invited her former Hogwarts classmates to be her guests at the Los Angeles premiere of Beauty and the Beast. But in lieu of a summoning charm, Watson used the next best thing: WhatsApp.

According to Matthew Lewis, a.k.a. the man formerly known as Neville Longbottom, the starlet invited him along with a handful of other Harry Potter alums via the messaging app to the premiere of the live-action Disney remake on Thursday (March 2). “We had like a WhatsApp group, and she invited a whole bunch of us all over the place,” he told People. The reunion also included another of Watson’s Harry Potter co-stars: Tom Felton. (Of course Disney magic is the only thing powerful enough to bring Gryffindors and Slytherins together.)

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Disney’s has officially announced the arrival of their live-action remake of 1991′s Beauty and the Beast  on Digital HD and Blu-ray.

Special features include:

  • Enchanted Table Read – Join the cast for the movie’s elaborately staged table read, complete with singing and dancing to live music, set pieces and more.
  • A Beauty of a Tale – Explore the process of transforming a beloved animated film into a new live-action classic.
  • The Women Behind “Beauty and the Beast – Emma Watson introduces several of the talented women in all aspects of production who helped bring this enchanted tale to life.
  • Making a Moment with Celine Dion – Celine Dion shares what it’s like to sing “How Does a Moment Last Forever” – and be a part of the legacy of “Beauty and the Beast.”
  • From Song to Screen: Making the Musical Sequences – See what goes into making some of the best-known moments from “Beauty and the Beast.”
  • Extended Song: “Days in the Sun” – Learn more about Beast’s childhood in an alternate version of this beautiful song, introduced by director Bill Condon. “Beauty and the Beast”
  • Music Video – Award-winning artists Ariana Grande and John Legend perform a moving version of this iconic song.
  • Making the Music Video – Go on set to capture the magic as it happens in Ariana Grande and John Legend’s “Beauty and the Beast” music video.
  • Disney Song Selection – Jump directly to all your favorite songs and sing along with the movie.

Official cover art can be seen below……..

Jinyoung Imagine - Wedding Song

A/N - A request from a lovely anon~ Sorry it took so long to get this request written up! Hope you all enjoy.

…Okay, so I keep on telling my cousin that I want those songs to be played at my wedding someday. Of course, I was half-joking because as much as I want to it would kind of weird because my husband-to-be is definitely not going to be a beast. Would you make a Jinyoung scenario for me instead where he surprises his bride by using either “Beauty and the Beast” and/or “Something There” as a song for their first dance as husband and wife or something like that?

The whole day had felt so surreal. You were wearing a gorgeous white dress, your hair and makeup had been styled to perfection and the day was just going perfectly. Today was the day you had gotten married to your long term boyfriend, Jinyoung. He was like your own fairytale prince, just like in the movies you grew up watching. Throughout your relationship, the two of you had shared cute nicknames but the ones that always stuck were ‘prince’ and ‘princess’. Jinyoung really treated you like royalty and so you did the same to him. Your cute regal nicknames had begun the moment Jinyoung saw how much you loved Disney, particularly Beauty and the Beast. That film had really shaped your relationship and helped the two of you to grow closer. Some of your best memories with him were spent singing the soundtrack in your shared kitchen or on holiday in one of the Disney parks, seeing the live stage show. There was nothing much you loved more than Jinyoung and that film.

The wedding reception had quickly begun and both you and Jinyoung were greeting old friends and family members, struggling to keep track of everyone there. So many people had come to celebrate your marriage and it warmed your heart to see it all. If it wasn’t for the immaculate makeup on your face, you’d have probably been crying by now with how happy and emotional you felt. Jinyoung was stood beside you, watching as everyone danced and chatted with each other. His hand had barely left your waist all day and you could tell he wasn’t planning on changing that anytime soon.
“Today has been the best day of my life,” Jinyoung confessed, turning his gaze to you. The smile that graced his face was beautiful and radiant.
“Me too. I can’t believe we’re actually married now, Jinyoung.”
“My beautiful princess is finally my wife.”
“And my handsome prince is now my husband.” The two of you leaned in for a loving kiss that was soon interrupted by the sounds of a familiar song being played.

The opening notes of Beauty and the Beast rang out and the lights went dim, save for a few spotlights that focused on you and your husband. He stepped forward, his hand reached out to yours, signalling for you to follow him onto the dance floor. Then you began to dance to the beautiful music that played, emotions quickly rising. This song had shaped your relationship and meant so much to you and the look on Jinyoung’s face told you he had been planning this all along. The two of you danced around, completely lost in each other while your friends and family members watched, some of them teary-eyed like yourself and Jinyoung. Once the song was over, everyone clapped and cheered at your beautiful first dance as husband and wife. Jinyoung leaned in to kiss you again, unable to get enough of you now that you had both sworn to love each other for the rest of your lives. The night was magical and really felt like you had found your own happily ever after.

Tale as old as time (A short Batb fanfic)

I’ve mentioned in a few of my Beauty and the Beast headcanon posts a headcanon in which Belle and Adam’s daughter and Lumière and Plumette’s children put on plays for the castle and the villagers. This cute little scene kept playing in my head so I thought I would write it out and share the fluff.

If you’re interested, my related headcanon posts are here, here and here.

Summary – Adam and the children put on a little play as a surprise for Belle’s birthday.

A/N – I hope you enjoy this silly little fanfic! Writing it made me happy at the very least. Ready? Alright! Here we go…

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It was a joyous evening at the castle. The dining room was alive with the sounds of friendly chatter as a crackling fire danced in the fireplace. Prince Adam had invited their closest friends from the village to the castle for a dinner party in celebration of Belle’s birthday. Plumette and Belle were having a lively literary discussion with Père Robert, while LeFou and Stanley laughed with the Potts family. At the end of the meal Lumière gave Adam a conspiratorial signal and a smile. Adam stood, clinking his glass for an announcement.

“I’d like to thank you all for coming tonight to celebrate my beautiful wife’s birthday. Now, if you would all kindly adjourn to the library, the princess and her friends have prepared a little entertainment for us tonight.”

“Entertainment?” Belle asked curiously, as they got up from the table.

Adam just smiled and offered her his arm. “You’ll see.”

As they made their way into the library, they found Lumière’s seven year old son, Soleil setting up a makeshift stage, his twin sister Luna sorting through a box of handmade props with Belle’s daughter Rosie. Chip was standing by patiently as the two girls used his lanky arms as a costume rack.

“Ah! Welcome madames and monsieurs! Welcome. Welcome. Come, come. Sit. Make yourselves comfortable. Help yourself to some cake madame!” Soleil greeted, wheeling over a cart of desserts to the adults as they seated themselves. “As you all know, I am Soleil. I will be your story teller for this evening. In honor of the lovely Madame Belle’s birthday, we would like to present you with a tale near and dear to all of our hearts. A tale as old as time, yet not so very long ago… Are we ready, mademoiselles?”

Rosie and Luna gave him a thumbs up from their “backstage” behind one of the couches.

“Très bien! Than it is without further ado that we present the tale of “Beauty and the Beast!””

Belle looked over at Adam as they applauded, her eyebrow raised inquisitively. He chuckled as he handed her a piece of cake.

“Once upon a time, in a land not so far away, a young prince lived in a shining castle” Soleil began. He offered Adam a hand up from the couch and led him out to the makeshift stage. Adam shot Belle a wink.

“Although he had everything, the prince was spoiled, selfish, and unkind. Then one winter’s night an old beggar woman came to the castle…” Soleil continued as Luna entered the stage in a hooded cloak. “And offered him a single rose in return for shelter from the bitter cold! Repulsed by her haggard appearance, the prince turned her away. But she warned him not to be deceived by appearances, for true beauty is found within. When the prince dismissed her again, she revealed that she was truly an enchantress! As punishment for his cruelty, she turned the prince into a beast and placed a spell on the castle and all who lived there…”

Chip held up finger puppet versions of the enchanted castle staff over the top of the couch, improvising a quiet falsetto chorus of reactions for them.

Luna tossed back her cloak, waving her fingers at him. “Uncle Highness, bend down.” She whispered. Adam bent over so that she could reach his head. She placed a fluffy hat on his head to turn him into the “beast.” Luna led Adam to the side of the stage, Adam playfully baring his teeth with a little “grr” at the crowd as he made his exit.

Belle glanced over to Plumette, doing her very best to control a laugh.

“Now the rose the enchantress had offered was truly an enchanted rose. If the prince could learn to love another, and earn their love in return before the last petal fell, the spell would be broken. As the years past the prince lost hope, for who could ever learn to love a beast? Well…” Soleil explained “As fate would have it, there was a certain young maiden of exceptional mind and heart living in a nearby village.”

Rosie entered the stage, her nose in a book.

“While the maiden was exceedingly beautiful and kind, her village thought she was incredibly strange because she loved to read. They were a simple minded people, lacking in imagination as well as literacy, which left the maiden feeling quite alone. She longed for adventure beyond her quiet provincial life and for someone who understood and shared her interests. This village was also home to the villain of our story, a brutish huntsman adored by the village for reasons unknown.”

Stanley began to raise his hand as if to volunteer. LeFou immediately pulled his arm down.

“That’s not funny.” He chided. Stanley grinned and shrugged in surrender.

Instead of calling for a volunteer from the audience, Soleil produced a red handkerchief from his pocket and began to tie it around his neck as he continued his narration.

“Now the huntsman was a vain sort of fellow –Narcissus himself didn’t enjoy his own reflection as much as this guy– and when he found himself taken by our fair maiden’s beauty, he vowed to make her his bride.”

Soleil puffed out his chest and sauntered over to Rosie.

“Mademoiselle it is time you get your head out of those silly books and focus your attention on more important things… Like being my wife!” He stated in an exaggerated macho voice, knocking the book from her hands.

“Ew, no!” Rosie said in disgust, picking up her book and walking away. This drew several chuckles from the crowd and an audible snort from Adam off stage.

Soleil removed his handkerchief and continued his narration “Unsurprisingly, the maiden had no interest in marrying the huntsman. Despite her many firm refusals, he would still persist in demanding her hand. While the huntsman sulked over her rejected, our heroine went in search for her missing father, who had not returned from his trip to the market the day before. She soon found herself in a mysterious castle, where her father was being held prisoner by a beast after attempting to pick a rose from the castle garden as a gift for her. Knowing her father would surely die if he stayed in the castle dungeon, the maiden took her father’s place as the beast’s prisoner. This beast of course was none other than our enchanted prince.”

Luna held up a sign from behind the couch that read “Ooooh!”

Adam entered the stage again to stand next to Rosie. They both crossed their arms, making silly, antagonistic faces at each other.

“The maiden and the beastly prince were off to a rough start. But as time passed, they found they had more in common than they realized. They soon became friends, and then perhaps something even more…”

Adam and Rosie allowed themselves to laugh at the silly faces they had been making. Adam took his daughter’s hands and began to dance with her. From behind the couch Chip made the finger puppet staff dance along the couch with them while Luna held up a sign that read “Awwwww!” producing a mix of “awwws” and laughter from the audience.

“While the maiden had finally found a kindred spirit in our enchanted prince, she missed her father terribly. They soon learned through the use of a magic mirror that her father was in great danger as the huntsman had taken him captive until he agreed to promise him his daughter’s hand in marriage. The beastly prince immediately granted the maiden her freedom so that she might save her father, even though he feared it meant losing her forever. The maiden tried to reason with her father’s captor, but they soon found the huntsman had riled an angry mob and was off to attack the castle!”

New puppet versions of an angry mob started marching across the back of the couch.

“The huntsman had come to slay our beastly hero, having learned the enchanted prince had gained the maiden’s affections when he could not!” Soleil explained, once again tying on the red handkerchief.  “There was a mighty duel!” Soleil began to scale one of the bookcase ladders to duel with Adam.

“When our beastly prince was distracted by the return of his love, the huntsman took a dirty shot and blasted the prince in the back. Pow!”

Adam pretended to stumble back and lay on the floor.

“But the castle’s enchantment was causing it to crumble, and the huntsman soon fell to his doom! Aaaaaah!…” Soleil jumped off the ladder to the floor.

Rosie knelt by Adam as he lay on the floor doing his best not to smile. “I love you.” She said sweetly and kissed his forehead.

Soleil undid his handkerchief as he concluded his narration “With the maiden’s declaration of love coming as the last rose petal fell, the enchantress returned and lifted her curse!” Luna danced in and started tossing rose petals and confetti around them. Adam stood up and removed his beast hat, picking up Rosie and twirling her around happily. Then setting her down, he walked to Belle, adding to the narration.

“With the spell broken and their humanity restored, the castle celebrated for weeks on end. The prince and the maiden were wed. And…”

Belle smiled as Adam took her hand and brought her to stand with him. “And they lived happily ever after.” She finished.

The couple smiled at each other as their friends cheered, the children taking their bows. Rosie came and joined them, hugging her mother.

“Did you like our show?” she asked.

“I think it might be my new favorite play.” Belle replied with a smile.

“I told you this would win out over Romeo and Juliet.” Adam congratulated his daughter.

Belle crinkled her nose at his playful ribbing, but couldn’t help but smile. “Happy Birthday, Belle.” Adam said, kissing Belle’s hand.

Turning to their friends, he added “Who wants more cake?”

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Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage by Kaitlyn