Behind the Scenes with ASF’s “Beauty and the Beast”

Alabama News Network got a behind the scenes look at rehearsals for ASF's "Beauty and the Beast"-- a million dollar production that already has an overwhelming demand for tickets.

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For three weeks, the cast of “Beauty and Beast” has been singing and dancing, rehearsing their lines, and getting ready to hit the stage at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.

“It was my dream to play this part for so long and to do it twice in one year is just a blessing,” said Alexander Mendoza about playing the “Beast.”

The cast says there is a little something for everyone to enjoy from old to new things as well.

“It’s all what you are familiar with, but it’s our own unique twist so its not exactly the same. So I think it will give people an incentive to come out and see it,” said Bryant Martin, “Gaston.”
The production also has a familiar face to some people in Montgomery. Emma Martin grew up in the Capital City and then auditioned in New York.
“It’s a really fun time. I get to be back and visit with my family, see my parents, run into old teachers and people from the community that knew me from when I was a child, so it has been a really good time both times to come back and rejoin this community for a short period of time,” said Martin.

For many in the cast, getting to play these roles is truly a dream come true
as they get to inspire other generations to do the same.

“Perhaps look out and see little girls that this is perhaps their first time seeing a musical or coming to the theater for the first time, that was me. And so to be perhaps their first experience with the show is really… it makes me very excited and grateful,” said Stephanie Rothenberg, playing “Belle.”

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