‘Beauty and the Beast’ appreciated by adults too

By: Carol Feineman, Editor
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Know and Go:

What: Beauty and the Beast

When: Wednesday through March 17. 8 p.m. Wednesday through March 9; 7:30 p.m. March 10; and 8 p.m. March 12 through March 16. 2 p.m. March 7, March 9, March 10, March 14, March 16 and March 17.

Where: Sacramento ‘s Community Center Theater, 13th and L streets in downtown Sacramento.

Admission: $19 - $86. Tickets available by calling 557-1999 or at the Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office, 1419 H St., Sacramento . Tickets also at Community Center Theater Box Office, 13th and L streets, Sacramento, 808-5181, or online

Information: 557-1999 or






Darick Pead is very convincing in his assertion that “Beauty and The Beast” is not just a Disney story for children.

Pead should know as he plays the Beast in the Broadway Sacramento production opening Wednesday. He has already performed 175 shows so far this season.

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town and the Beast, a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

Most parents since “Beauty and the Beast” first appeared as a movie in 1991 knows the storyline. Speaking from personal experience, many parents have even watched the movie several times with their children.

Pead, 28, points out that the show also appeals to adults on a more true-to-life level.

“Adults will be surprised how funny and touching ‘Beauty and The Beast’ is because of the direction, the story, the way characters interact with each other,” Pead said. “It’s so true to life when you find Gaston is always wound up, Lumiere is always the light, Belle genuinely looks inside to see who someone really is.”

Pead, who grew up “watching the movie all the time” with his family and was previously cast as the Beast in a Utah community theater production, still enjoys the story theme about transformation.

Even after playing the Beast for months, Pead said, the show “doesn’t get old.”

“What I like about the beast is he has an amazing journey, change,” Pead said. “He’s mean, a jerk, full of fear and then he transforms to where all he wants is for Belle to be happy. He goes from an inward focus to an outward focus. My associate director said, ‘love is not about me, love is not about you and me, love is about you.’ So the beast goes from the me to you and me to you; that’s the transformation.”

The play also reminds us not to be shallow, according to Pead.

“I think that s the problem with our day and age where we are supposed to be healthy and have fit bodies,” Pead said. “But Belle looks at the heart and not what a person looks like.”

Special about this production of “Beauty and the Beast” is that the original creators of the Broadway show are together again.

The play is directed by Rob Roth and choreographed by Matt West, with costume design by Ann Hould-Ward (Tony Award® winner for her work on Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”), lighting design by Natasha Katz, scenic design by Stanley A. Meyer , sound design by John Petrafesa Jr. and music supervision by Michael Kosarin.

“As a director, it is rare to have the opportunity to revisit your work 15 years later. Hopefully I’ve grown and developed as an artist, along with my collaborators, and we can bring 15 years of experience to this new production,” said director Roth. “The theme of ‘Beauty’ is about seeing past the exterior into the heart of someone and this is reflected in the design for the show, which is about transparency and layers, seeing past one thing and into another.”