‘Beauty and the Beast’ is more important than you think

I met the stars of The beauty and the BeastSydney Torres and Miguel Angel Vasquez, along with executive producer Wendy Hall and executive director Diane DiCroce, and I can promise you with certainty that this production at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center in New Bedford will definitely rock your boat.

However, I want to look at the story, “a tale as old as time”, and get to the bottom of it.

Based on the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale, The beauty and the Beast is based on a true story that inspired Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve in 1740 to write it. The French author was moved by the real life story of Petrus Gonsalvus and his future wife, Catherine.

Kids will love the show with all the catchy songs, elaborate decor and colorful costumes, and they’ll come away with their own conclusions. But what does Beauty and the Beast teach us as adults? This tale has so much meaning for millions of people around the world. Is there a hidden message that speaks to you?

An important point to remember is to value your inner characteristics such as tolerance, kindness, and goodness over surface qualities such as appearance. It actually means giving thanks and celebrating the goodness within you.

Will you identify more with one character than the other? I believe, hidden in this powerful story, The beauty and the Beast is to realize that we are capable of being both. Belle is beautiful because she’s thoughtful, funny, and very smart – but the Beast also has an inner beauty, only he had to take side roads to get there and find his true self.

We all have a beauty and a beast within us. It’s just up to us to choose which one we show to the world.

The beauty and the Beast July 22-31. For tickets, call (508) 996-2900.

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