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uuuetln, Kecoro, vrogresswe, eporter ' Wednesday, May 21, 2014 1B REC;I,E) NAL ORIALi 'i:i'ii/= "iiiiii , ,iii! :  i i , ,,  The cast of "Beauty and the Beast" poses in the library of the prince-turned-Beast's castle. Photo by Just Imagine Photography Kimberly Carroll Beauty, and the Beast Musical performance portrays tale of 'love that endures above all' Laura Beaton Staff Writer Ibeaton@plumasnews.com irector Terry Gallagher gave new meaning to the phrase "break a leg" when she actually did break her leg during a rehearsal of"Disney's Beauty and the Beast" the weekend before the show's May 7 debut. But that didn't stop her from continuing to direct the performances. Lines of eager viewers stretched down the sidewalk and around the corner before each show. Audiences loved the musical. Every performance received a standing ovation. Based on Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont's 1756 version of a French fairy tale and immortalized in the 1991 animated film by Walt Disney iFeature Animation, "Beauty !and the Beast," presented by !Feather River College, was a ihuge success. Work began eight months 'ago on the production. "A imusical a whopper," is allagher said. "It is three Itimes more work than a 'straight drama or comedy." !:  - . . , This enchantmg story is :one that has become a classic because of its triumphant tale of love, which endures above all," Gallagher said. The story unveils in two hcts. Belle, the beauty, meets the Beast, a prince turned into :a monster by a beggar-woman-enchantress after he refuses to give her shelter and food on a cold stormy night. A decade after the spell is Cast, the beast is angry and mean, terrorizing the castle servants and anyone else who stumbles upon his fortress. When Belle's father unwittingly knocks on the castle door, the Beast Belle and the Beast dance during an intimate dinner at the castle while hopeful servants look on. If the Beast falls in love, and is loved in return, the spell will be broken. "This enchanting story is one that has become a classic because of its triumphont tale of love, which endures alcove, all." Theresa Gallagher, Director imprison s him. Belle goes to the castle to secure her father's release, but the beast will only release him if Belle takes his place. So she does. The spell can only be broken if the beast falls in love and is truly loved in return. The enchanted servants have hope that this miracle might now occur. The players A talented local cast embraced the challenge of the musical. With leading lady Claire Gaston holds a pair of antlers over his head as he describes some of his amazing exploits to the townspeople at his tavern. Photos by Laura Beaton Kepple in the role of Belle; James Shipp as the Beast; and Jack Kuipers as Gaston, the self-aggrandizing tavern owner who wants to marry Belle, the choreography, acting and singing delighted audience members from around the county. Other key characters were John Flosi as Gaston's foil, Le Fou; Bruce Williams as Belle's eccentric father, Maurice; and Nate Dunn as Monsieur D'Arque and the narrator. The castle's "enchanted servants," who suffer from various tragic but humorous deformities under the enchantress's spell, entertained audiences with their funny capers, bantering dialogue, wonderful dances and musical performances. Gal]agher is quick to give credit to the many folks behind the scenes and in the orchestra. "I can't say enough about the orchestra," she said. "We were in desperate need of a French horn player and I called Jane Brown (Chester music teacher) for help." See Beauty, page 16B !