By Iris Ung
6th grade student at Wertheimer Middle School
A French Fairy Tale, Beauty and the Beast, is a classical story enjoyed by people of all ages. Belle is a dissatisfied, adventurous character who lives in a small provincial French town. The Beast is a prince who was placed under a spell, because he couldn’t learn to love. A wrong turn taken by Maurice, Belle’s father, causes the two to meet. In the beginning, Belle views the Beast as nothing more than a monster, and he views her as difficult and stubborn. They soon realize that the outside appearance doesn’t matter; what is below is most important.
Foster High School’s Fine Arts Department presented a delightful retelling of this remarkable story, and the students and staff of Wertheimer Middle School enjoyed this wonderful show! Wertheimer students were lucky to have this opportunity gifted to them through the generous efforts of the Wertheimer Parent Association (WPA).
The Foster High School cast displayed their commitment and enthusiasm through the performance. “I enjoyed the costumes and makeup; it made the performance a success,” observed Maddie Ellis. “The singing was excellent!” shared Savanah Savage. Yenvy Bui commented, “The props and backgrounds were brilliant in the show. I think the cast and orchestra did an outstanding job! It was a great opportunity to see how well the students at Foster performed.”
During the course of this play, there were valuable messages being conveyed. The key takeaway was that judging someone by their physical appearance limits the opportunity to know the person’s true character. Living in a diverse country, full of beautiful people and cultures, students at Wertheimer Middle School can relate to the lessons learned in this play.
“Beauty and the Beast,” by De Beaumont, is a traditional fairytale not only about love but about loving other people by seeing through their differences. It focuses on a person’s ability to see internal beauty rather than external beauty. This enchanted production was both an educational and a “Magical Event”.