Behind the scenes of ‘Beauty and the Beast’


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) – The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre is bringing the classic story of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” to life and Maranda went behind the scenes with the cast and crew right before show time to see how it all comes together. Maranda met with Andrew Schneider, the production stage manager, as he walked her through the construction of the set, shared the secrets to specialty costume pieces, props, and a detailed look at the culinary feast during the song, “Be Our Guest”. She even took a ride in “the trap”, a hidden stage elevator that transports actors during the show.

The Beast cannot become the beast without a complete transformation and Maranda met with Shelley Funk, the lead makeup artist of the show as they took a look at the beast’s makeup, his costume, and spoke with the actors that play Gaston and Lefou. In the video above, Maranda takes viewers on an exclusive backstage tour of the costume and wig room. It’s amazing to see all the work that goes into the production.

The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre has been in our community since 1925, making this the 91st season. Maranda spoke with Nancy Brozek about the history of the Theatre, a true staple in Grand Rapids. It takes a lot of dedicated people to make the show go on. Meet Sam, the sound guy, the dressers, and other members of the cast.

Leading up to show time, Maranda sat in for the crew’s vocal warm ups to see last minute prep along with a one on one interview with the main character, Belle.

Ticket information:
Individual Tickets: $18-$37
Buy tickets here

Performance Times:
Wednesday – Saturday evenings at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2:00pm
Children and Holiday productions also have Saturday matinees at 2:00pm

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