‘Beauty And The Beast’ Coming To NMT

‘Beauty And The Beast’ Coming To NMT


SOCORRO, N.M. – The New Mexico Tech Performing Arts Series presents the new stage production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” by Scaffolding Theatre Co. in collaboration with New Mexico State University’s Theatre Department, at Macey Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28.

Based on the animated Disney film whose 25th anniversary is being celebrated with a live-action remake this year, the musical includes music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and a book by Linda Woolverton.


Scaffolding Theatre Co. will perform 'Beauty and the Beast' in Socorro on Saturday, Jan. 28. 



The 'Beauty and Beast' cast takes a curtain call.


  Beauty-and-the-Beast Cast-in-Action

The new production is a creative take on the Disney classic.


Tech Club Macey presents a special family event before the show: “Belle’s Royal Tea Party,” from 5 to 7:30 p.m., featuring cake decorating and a variety of teas, $5 for adults, free for kids 12 and under.  At intermission, join the Royal Parade in your prettiest, handsomest costumes.

Co-director Justin Lucero said, “As with Chicago, and all of our productions, our presentation of Disney’s classic tale will include all the songs you know and love, like ‘Be Our Guest’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ yet we have re-envisioned the show to enhance its theatrical magic in a new way.”

The 10-member cast portrays three generations of a modern family who’ve gathered in the grandpa’s cluttered but welcoming home to reenact this timeless fairy tale. Each actor will step into various roles using the grandparents’ readily available teacups, candlesticks, clocks, stacks of books, taxidermy, and other trinkets to tell the familiar story. 

“Many critics’ main complaint about the very successful Broadway production was that it didn’t invite the imagination,” said co-director Megan McQueen. “We don’t hide that we don’t have the resources to create 10 incredible matching fork costumes, and we think choreographing actual tap dancing forks is a fun spin on the how the show has always been approached.”

Lucero and McQueen formed the Scaffolding Theatre Co. in 2014 in Las Cruces, after years of collaborating. Their mission is to produce musicals uniting experienced performers with promising novices, accompanied by professional musicians, with a focus on process as much as product. They received widespread acclaim for their 2015 production of the musical “Chicago.” With this new show, McQueen and Lucero hope to once again put a creative twist on a classic production.

Lucero said, "We're hoping Disney lovers who adore the film – like I do – will be intrigued by this fun spin on the design. And those who don't know the musical will be equally moved."

"I absolutely loved the movie as a teenager,” Lucero said.  I'd sit on my couch Saturday mornings and use our picture in picture function on the TV so I could play the VHS while drawing the characters over and over again.  But the stage production has never moved me like this version has been able to.  It's such a beautiful story, and actual 'dancing' forks and plates invite us into a world of imagination in a way that a fork costume hasn't successfully done for me."

The cast includes Veronica Bissell as Belle, Mario Ragazzone as the Beast, Brandon Brown as Gaston, Algernon D’Ammassa as Lumiere, Cameron Lang as Cogsworth, and Amanda Bradford as Mrs. Potts.  Rounding out the ensemble are Daniela Castorena, Brianna Chavez Chacon, Harmony Schlesinger, and Xodia Choate.

Pianist Ginny May is joined by cello and flute to accompany the production. Bob Diven designed the set.

"I've seen at least five different live stage productions of this musical, including the original on Broadway," McQueen said, "and they've all been very similar in concept. Though the licensing contract specifies that you are not to copy any of the original design, this show is usually approached as if there isn't another option."

Sponsors for the performance are the Anne Sullivan Bronze Memorial, Wells Fargo, IRIS-PASSCAL, EMRTC, Positive Outcomes Inc., and Best Western.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens 65 and over, and $10 for youths 17 and under, and FREE for current Tech students. Tickets and are available online at www.nmtpas.org, at the Cashier’s Office (second floor of Fidel Center), Socorro County Chamber of Commerce (10am-3pm, M-F), Sofia’s Kitchen Drive-up, or at the door.

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