The Country Dinner Playhouse’s production of “Beauty and the Beast” is a delight to watch. Although I wanted to review this play as it might be seen through the eyes of a child (my grandchildren and neighbors), I have to say that the romance and emotions brought back the child in me as well, as I recalled the magic I used to feel when I was much younger. To bring that kind of emotion to the forefront of an adult is powerful and wonderful. This smash Disney musical hit comes to life on stage complete with a magical castle, magnificent beast (who turns into a very handsome prince), beautiful girl, Oscar-winning score, wonderful costumes and delightful, enchanted objects including terrific singing and dancing plates, forks and spoons.
Leah Berry is absolutely spellbinding to watch. She shows so much emotion and charm, and her voice is perfect for the part of Belle. The Beast, played by talented Gary Lindemann, is deep and convincing. Shane Peterman plays the perfect part of Gaston; his costume and choreographed movements bring laughter to one’s soul. The costumes are exquisite–a real treat to the eye and magical to a child. The whole family can watch this production and come out enhanced. “Beauty and the Beast” is playing now through Jan. 22, 2006.
Performances are Wednesday through Sundays with the buffet open at 6:00 p.m. and the performance starting at 7:45. There are matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sundays with the buffet at noon and the performance at 1:45 p.m. Call the box office at 303-799-1410 or contact [http://www.countrydinnerplayhouse.com] to reserve your holiday reservations. Prices for buffet and show vary from $38 to $44.