Giving a tour of his master’s palace, the Beast’s loyal servant, Cogsworth, draws Belle’s attention to the baroque details of the design, and tick-tocks off that famous line, “As I always say, if it’s not baroque, don’t fix it!”
Our Beauty and the Beast Jr set design builds on this line of dialogue, bringing baroque elements onto the stage.
Baroque is a style of art used to describe paintings, sculptures, architecture, and music. The style became popular in Europe in the 1600s and 1700s. In baroque painting, there was much activity and exaggerated detail. Baroque sculptures were often made of expensive materials and sometimes even covered in gold. In baroque music, new techniques and much instrumentation was used, and opera became popular. In architecture, like painting, there was much detail, gold ornamentation, and expensive materials like marble.
For our set, we’ve added gold stenciling and chair rails to marbleized walls, ornate chairs (purchased at Savers), a hanging gold crest, and gold chandeliers (that we’re still working on hanging). All of this changes quickly from the “small provincial town” that opens the show. Our stage crew will be hard at work!
Beauty and the Beast Jr will be performed at Holmes Elementary School, a community space located at 2150 Stanley Street in New Britain. Performances are Friday, July 22, at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, July 23, at 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday, July 24, at 2:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $13 for children, students, and seniors. Tickets may be reserved by calling New Britain Youth Theater at 860-515-8115 or may be purchased online through Universe ticketing. Tickets will also be available to purchase at the door for all performances.