This year's 'Beauty and the Beast' sure to impress

By the Advocate Editorial BoardA
July 17, 2014 at 2:17 a.m.

Actors, artists and musicians for Theatre Victoria want you to be their guest.

Follow them on an adventure to an enchanted castle, where young Belle has been held captive by a deformed beast who is really a prince under a deep spell.

And the journey - also known as Theatre Victoria's latest production of "Beauty and the Beast" - already sounds as if it will be bigger and packed with more surprises than last year's performance.

Anyone who saw the musical last year is quick to shower accolades over every aspect of the sold-out run.

So now, there are higher expectations to meet, and we are confident the talent pool of regional actors and musicians again will hit their mark to deliver a stellar show.

This year, the performances will run from July 23 through July 27 at the Victoria Fine Arts Center.

While some elements will noticeably change, the story won't change, the songs won't change and, of course, Kate Klimist and Brett Jones will reprise their roles of Beauty and the Beast.

The sets will be a bit larger, the number of cast members will be greater, the lighting more detailed and the music will be live, thanks to the talents of professional musicians and musical students from St. Joseph High School as well as Victoria, Edna and Industrial school districts.

Klimist said she's excited about the show because "this is last year's production plus a whole lot more." One reason is the cast has grown closer during the past year.

"Last year, we were a family. This year, we are a family that does the Friday night dinner every Friday," said Klimist, who plans to study musical theater at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif.

"We want people to be inspired by this production," she said. "We want the audience to fall in love with the theater all over again."

We encourage anyone who is a theater enthusiast to get their tickets soon while they still can.

And for anyone who has never been to a live musical performance, we are confident that "Beauty and the Beast" will be a quality example of acting, singing and musical professionalism.

And we echo what Klimist said: "It's more than a concert. It's an experience that Victoria doesn't get very often."

Throughout the year, civic pride throughout the Crossroads arrives in many forms - in the shape of festivals, concerts and pageants. Next week, a girl named Belle and a deformed beast in a faraway castle will make us proud one more time.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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