Gregory G. H. Rihn (milwaukeesfs) wrote,
Gregory G. H. Rihn
milwaukeesfs

More on "Beauty on the Beast".

We've finished our first weekend and are all very happy with the way
things have worked out. The show has played to good houses, and audience
reaction has been excellent. "Be Our Guest" got an unprecedented
show-stopping ovation on opening night, which was followed by a
unanimous standing ovation at the end of the show, which I don't recall
having had before. Admittedly, community arts audiences tend to be a bit
"easy" for this sort of thing, salted as they are with family and
friends of the performers, but I was impressed by the immediacy and
spontaneity of the response, which underscores its sincerity to me.

A number of my friends made it to the Saturday show, at least one of
whom pronounced it "miraculous." Indeed, the production staff have done
a great lot with a very little. I hadn't known that opinion on the
group's boards about doing the show was very divided as to whether it
could be done decently on a community theatre budget, but that question
has been decisively answered. A clever if simple set design helped
immensely, as did the combined efforts of the costumers and cast to beg,
borrow, scrounge, and make outfits. (As is frequently the case with me,
my entire costume, from eyeglasses to shoes, came from my own closet--.)
The small but talented orchestra provides the necessary musical support
with great effect. The show continues this weekend, closing Sunday
afternoon.
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