Beauty and the Beast at Buskirk Chumley Theater

By Walter Crane - Beauty and the Beast. London: George Routledge and Sons, 1874., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=761414
By Walter Crane Beauty and the Beast. London: George Routledge and Sons, 1874., Public Domain

Yesterday my family took my niece to see Beauty and the Beast at Buskirk Chumley Theater in downtown Bloomington, Indiana.

As I sat with my niece and family I saw a few girls wearing Belle like dresses including her jewels from the closing scene.

A few minutes later the play began and I took to the set pieces made as towering books that fold out into various settings. And my niece sat eyes hardly leaving the stage except to eat or drink.

I recall years ago I saw the animated film and like my niece got caught up in it. I particularly took a liking to the animation and the songs made me feel happy.

This time however, I questions kept popping into my head. Like why did the old woman need to visit the prince’s castle? What was her motivation?

And how come servants and their families get cursed like the prince? Also how did Bell manage not to scream or faint when she met the servants or the Beast?

  Then it hit me the kids fill in the blanks. This is what makes seeing the play or movie fun. And so I chose to ignore my questions and make like my niece.

Beauty and the Beast at Buskirk Chumley Theater
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