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Breckenridge Backstage Theatre presents Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”

by Krista Driscoll
The Breckenridge Backstage Theatre's production of 'Beauty and the Beast,' showing Labor Day weekend at the Riverwalk Center, stars Ronni Gallup as Belle and Markus Warren as the Beast.
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If you go

What: Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”

Where: Riverwalk Center, 150 W. Adams Ave., Breckenridge

When: 7 p.m. Aug. 30-Sept. 2

Cost: Advance purchase general admission tickets are $27 for adults and $12 for children 12 and younger; day-of purchase general admission tickets are $29 for adults and $14 for children 12 and younger; family four-pack general admission is $60; and VIP reserved seating is $40 per ticket.

More information: Tickets are available online at www.townofbreckenridge.com or by calling (970) 547-3100, ext. 8, or by visiting the Riverwalk Box Office during regular business hours. Special light-up roses will be sold at each performance for $5 each so audience members may participate in a final moment of the story (directions in show program). For more information on the Backstage Theatre, visit www.backstagetheatre.org.

Spend an enchanted evening with the Breckenridge Backstage Theatre on Labor Day weekend, as the local and Front Range cast presents Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.”

The stage version features all of the romance and magic of the Disney film, with additional musical numbers and well-loved characters from Belle, the Beast and Gaston to Lumiere, Cogsworth and Mrs. Potts.

Ronni Gallup plays the part of Belle, the bookworm outcast turned unlikely princess. Gallup said she can relate to the character she plays.

“I think Belle is one of the Disney princesses that I always wanted to play, and (artistic director) Chris Willard said when he cast me that she has this really feisty personality about her but she’s still a Disney princess,” she said. “She isn’t Cinderella, but she has this quality to her that is kind of timeless, that lots of young girls like, but youthful teenagers can relate to her, too. She stands up for herself but she does it appropriately, which I think is great.”

This is Gallup’s first production with the Backstage Theatre, and like many in the 67-member cast, she will be sharing the stage with a member of her family.

“I’ve always wanted to play this role, and Chris Willard, as well as all of the leads that are coming in from Denver, are some of my dearest friends,” she said. “And my son Kale is in it, he’s seven, and I thought it would be a nice experience to come up and spend the weekend in Breckenridge together.”

Familiar faces, rising stars

Front Range leading man Markus Warren plays the Beast, and local talent Drew Reges plays the clueless Gaston. Reges said he only relates to his character in an ironic way.

“He’s very two-dimensional, fake, superficial,” he said of Gaston. “It’s fun to play him in that regard, but no, you’d be a complete, insufferable jerk (if you related to him).”

Reges has had previous roles with the Backstage Theatre, including playing the part of Frenchy in “Cannibal! The Musical.” That role was similar to playing Gaston, he said.

“(Gaston) knows that he’s No. 1, the town hero, so he’s 110 percent into himself and he knows it, so it’s very fun to put myself out there as someone who’s so over the top with confidence, busting at the seams with it, even though he’s a really terrible person, outside of how the immediate town views him,” Reges said.

Cammie Wilson, 11, will make her Backstage Theatre debut as Chip, the curious teacup. She said she is excited about getting to act and getting to be Chip.

“He’s very happy and wants to know kind of everything,” she said.

“Beauty and the Beast” is the best play Cammie has ever done, she said, and the play is special because the characters are enchanted and are in an enchanted castle. She’s a fan of the original Disney movie, although the play has a few differences.

“The movie kind of had different lines than the play, it doesn’t really show everything in the movie, but in the play, it shows everything,” she said. “(In the movie) they don’t really show when Belle goes to see her dad, they don’t sing a song to each other, but in the play, they do. So there are differences between the movie and the actual play.”

A classic tale

Cammie said a lot of the actors in the play are really good, and she can learn some things from them. She’d like to do more plays with the Backstage Theatre in the future.

“I really like that there’s singing and dancing and a lot of excitement going on, and it’s just a really cool story,” she said.

Reges said the stage musical is more fun and engaging than the movie.

“I think the movies are built to a formula, but when you’re taking it live, there’s a lot more creativity — actors, singers, dancers contribute something to make it more fun, more engaging to the audience,” he said. “That’s what makes it special.”


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