True story Madame De la Grande Bouche does not have very many scenes maybe one more then the Disney cartoon, but Toby was nice enough to insert me in even though I really had no place.
For example just before the big "Be Our Guest" number I had a scene with Belle where she decides to go against the masters wishes and leave her room, but Toby thought it would be funny if at the end of that scene I take advantage of the time and sing a little opera diddy since after all I am a Diva, so I started singing a little snippet of Carmen I learned from a different musical, then I decided it would be cooler If I actually learned it in French. Tami Lybbert volunteered her husband Dave to help me with the pronunciation (he served his mission in France) Once I finally started rehearsing with my actual wardrobe costume, Danny Law (The Beast) was kind enough to show me some moves he thought I should try, and the rest as they say is history! I believe it was a hit, I mean nobody came up to me and told me what an awful job I did, so, you know! This picture below is a shot of me singing my Aria.
Cogsworth (Richard Law), Lumiere (Dave O'Neill), Chip (Jaimyn Law), Mrs. Potts (Jasmine Turner), and me singing "Something There"
Here's a shot of LaFou and I at the end of the mob scene when I dress him up as a woman for invading the castle (Yes Kevin Jackson I suggested it mainly because you commented about it)! David Anderson who played LaFou was so freakin' hilarious it was really tough for me to keep it together, because he would scream louder then I would sing, and then when he'd pretend like I was attacking him, it would make me laugh so hard (Milo Bushman you know why!)
Another shot of me in my home!
Danny the Beast and Jessica Kincaid as Belle. . . . true story, this dress originally had sleeves, but Jessica removed them, and you wouldn't believe the difference, the lace sleeves made it look seriously little house on the prairie!
Here's Shawn Turner (The Prince) Mrs. Potts, and Amy Jorgenson (Babette aka the Feather Duster!)
Here's two of my favorite guys Milo Bushman and Kyle Noyes! I know what you are thinking "Hey, I didn't know Hugh Hefner was in that show!"
Here's me and my sis after our opening night, she wore purple just for me!
My Grandma Schaat and I. . . . I left her something to remember me by!
AHHHH WOLVES!!!!! Ferocious looking aren't they?
Angie took this shot, she says it's her favorite face! You know me though I love a good kick line!
Here's me and Rianne Jones! I wanna give a little shout out to her and her Mom, because on stage Rianne was 100% effort all the time, I was impressed with her commitment, and her Mother was the best backstage hand you could ever have, she was always right there with a safety pin, a band-aid or a drink of water, she was amazing! LOVE THEM!!!!!
Ok so this is my costume when it was a size 2 and had doors, those were removed when they realized they'd be a big hassle. . . . and they would have been, that costume was huge and I was knocking over small children as it was, I can't imagine the damage that would have been done had I had appendages like that to boot! David was kind enough to model it for me!
A few more shots from the stage!
Toby Black was our Director, Darrin Vernon was our Assistant Director, then Valaree Roylance and Eric Knowles where our producers/stage director managers, pretty much every other behind the scenes position and they came up with the idea to give out an award each night for the best performer of the show that evening. They called it the T.E.V.D award which stood for Toby, Eric, ValaRee, and Darrin.
Belle thought it sounded more like a venereal disease, and I thought that was hilarious!
I promised myself I wouldn't do this!