There’s a scene in “Beauty and the Beast” when a group of locals are in a pub, reveling with one another and toasting Gaston. He’s the village’s handsome and self-centered popular guy, who’s vying for Belle’s unreturned love. From the audience, it looks familiar. Yes, because people gathered in local watering holes lamenting love and loss is common, but also because despite the provincial and dated wear, the people are recognizable.
They’re your neighbors, and nearly 40 of them appear in Aspen Community Theatre’s production of “Beauty and the Beast.” Besides the actors on the stage, another dozen work behind it in set and light design, costuming, stage direction, and choreography. Below the stage, an orchestra of 12 performs the Alan Menken-composed, Academy Award-winning score. And then there are additional positions like marketing and ticketing which also requires volunteer time; the majorirty of ACT particpants donate their time, including the actors, with the exception of some positions which receive a nominal fee, giving it the true essence of community theater. Full Story »