Once Upon A Time: Beauty and the Beast Begins at BYU

by Kasey Kopp, dramaturg

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast opens (tomorrow!) Friday, November 20th, in the Pardoe Theater on the BYU campus. After months of preparation and rehearsal, the work of cast and crew will come to fruition this week and we couldn’t be more excited for you to be our guest!

This week we take a look back at the rehearsal process to see the progress of the cast and crew since day one through the stress of tech week, all leading up to our opening night. As this production is a “dance spectacular,” many of the ensemble members have expressed that the elaborate choreography has posed the greatest challenge and been the most rewarding part of participating in this production. Below are some images from the rehearsal process. Perhaps you might be able to guess which numbers are which.

And don’t forget! Stay tuned for production photos, a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on backstage, opening night images, and interviews with cast members–all in the coming weeks!

Our first cast and crew meeting, Sept. 2015

Our first cast and crew meeting, Sept. 2015

"Be Our Guest" Running the show, October, 2015

Running the show, Oct. 2015

"Be Our Guest" Running the show, October, 2015

Running the show, Oct. 2015

"Be Our Guest" Running the show, October, 2015

Running the show, Oct. 2015

Running the show, October 2015

Running the show, Oct. 2015

Running the show, October 2015

Running the show, Oct. 2015

Running the show. Belle and Beast, October, 2015.

Running the show. Belle and Beast, Oct.  2015.

First day on the set. November, 2015.

First day on the set. Nov. 2015.

Rehearsal on the set, November, 2015.

Rehearsal on the set, Nov. 2015.

Rehearsal on the set, November, 2015.

Rehearsal on the set, Nov. 2015.

Rehearsal on the set, November, 2015.

Rehearsal on the set, Nov. 2015.

Many of the shows are just about sold out–if you haven’t purchased your tickets, you’d better hurry! Best availability is weeknights in December. Tickets can be purchased here.

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