Fairy tale. By Michael Elliot Brill. Based on the legendary story.
Cast: 10 to 12 (4m., 3w., 3 to 5 either gender). A fanciful tapestry of the theatrical enchantment retelling the ageless fairy tale for audiences of children of all ages, this production is a favorite of college drama programs. Magic is created on all levels in this stunning verse play filled with sprightly dialog, delightful and varied characterizations, and a brilliantly theatrical handling of the story. To be performed in the manner of a 16th-century French masque, The Masque of Beauty and the Beast effectively utilizes an eloquent narrator, a simple platform set and 11 players to weave wonder for all. The playwright is a gifted producer and his suggestions will interest the most advanced director. Platform set. Costumes: French masque costumes and devices of the 16th century. Approximate running time: 50 minutes.