REVIEW OF DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at the Fulton is magical.” – Adina Ficano, Fig Lancaster

Whenever I attend a play, I am excited. There will always be something different and new. However, there are certain plays that hold a special place in my heart and that excitement is ten fold. Beauty and the Beast is one of those special plays for me.

I can remember the excitement I felt when I was a little girl when the Disney movie premiered. That same feeling existed as I sat waiting for Beauty and the Beast at the Fulton Theatre to begin. The anticipation of hearing Belle sing, watching Gaston boast, and seeing Beast mounted. I became 8 year old me, once again.

The cast and crew did not disappoint. As soon as the town appeared and I heard Belle sing, I had goose bumps. Lexi Rabadi is Belle. Her tone and inflections are perfect. Her voice is beautiful. Nathaniel Hackmann (Gaston) and Ethan Carlson (LeFou) are a fantastic team. They fed and played off of each other extremely well. Nathaniel had the stealing musical moment for me during The Tavern scene. The note he holds in the middle of Gaston is phenomenal. Good thing Belle was not in the tavern. Otherwise, we may not have had a second act.

I am jumping ahead though. The initial interaction between The Beast and Belle sets the tension between them immediately. Matt Farcher shows the audience the Beast’s inner torment with ease. I could see the good Prince trying to hold on while the Beast takes over. I adored the little playful moments he gave the Beast. I’m not going to go into any specifics because I do not want to ruin it for anyone. You’ll have to go see the show to fully understand what I am referring to.

All of the actors portraying the enchanted characters embraced their quirky characteristics perfectly. Combining their talents with the costumes completed the picture. I honestly cannot think of one character that did not meet my expectations. Brian Cali (Cogsworth), James Patterson (Lumiere), Katie Sina (Babette), Charis Leos (Mrs. Potts), George Boben Fenimore (Chip), and Sierra Naomi (Madame de la Grande Bouche) all deserve a giant round of applause.

Now my inner backstage theater participant needs to rave. THAT SET! I do not know where all of those pieces went. I do not know how the crew made the staircase and castle transition so smoothly but I noticed. The cast and crew did a phenomenal job making everything work so well. A very special shout out to the crew members inside the castle pillars. I do not know how you saw where you were moving. WELL DONE.

Overall, Beauty and the Beast at the Fulton is magical. The entire cast and crew give you a beautiful show to watch. It is performing now through December 31st. It would make for a wonderful Christmas present. For tickets and show information visit www.thefulton.org or call the box office at 717-397-7425.

—Adina Ficano