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"Opulent scenic design by Martin Flynn and breathtaking costumes by Mary Folino highlight an all-star cast led by Kathryn Brunner as Ella and Brent Thiessen as Prince Topher. Brunner’s kind and gentle demeanor belie powerhouse vocals and complement Thiessen’s charming naivete and earnest desire to do good."
"This beautiful production not only delights in nostalgia, it also breathes progress and power. It’s an uplifting, hopeful, and magical lesson in kindness, compassion, and perseverance."
Beauty And The Beast
Drayton Entertainment - Ontario - 2017 Season
Directed by Jayme Armstrong
Choreography by Robin Calvert
Music Direction by David Myers
Danielle Wade as Belle
Tony Edgerton as Beast
Brent Thiessen as Gaston
Valerie Boyle as Mrs. Potts
Keith Savage as Lumiere
Patrick R Brown as Cogsworth
Gregory Pember as Lefou
Victor A Young as Maurice
Amanda Struthmann as Babette
Rebecca Poff as Madame de la Grande Bouche
Zoe Brown as Chip
Nick Settimi as Monsieur D'Arque
Ashley Arnett, Stephan Dickson, Graeme Goodhall, Jessica Horn, Anthony MacPherson, Sarah Matton, Jade Repeta, Reece Rowat, Connor Scully, Jennifer Thiessen
I had the opportunity to revisit the role of Gaston for Drayton Entertainment's production of Beauty And The Beast. The show had a summer run at the 660-seat Huron Country Playhouse, and a subsequent engagement at the 500-seat Dunfield Theatre over the holidays, enjoying multiple extensions. It was great to perform with my wife, who was also in the show.
"Beauty And The Beast features a hilarious, show-stealing performance by Brent Thiessen as Gaston."
"Thiessen's Gaston creates countless laugh out loud moments."
"Spectacular theatrical confection. The design alone is worth the price of admission for its innovation and attention to detail."
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