SKIN DEEP

Town & Country (Philippines) - - OUT & ABOUT - KARISIA BI­TONG GAT­MAI­TAN

No mat­ter how many times you hear it, there is no other love story quite as en­chant­ing as that of the beau­ti­ful young maiden who falls in love with a hideous beast. Since the pub­li­ca­tion of the orig­i­nal ver­sion by the French nov­el­ist Gabrielle-Suzanne Bar­bot de Vil­leneuve in 1740, it has in­spired count­less adap­ta­tions in print, film, TV, and on stage, ce­ment­ing Beauty and the Beast’s sta­tus a clas­sic fairy­tale for all ages. Cel­e­brat­ing its 25th sea­son, REP The­ater for Young Au­di­ences presents an­other ver­sion, writ­ten by Peter del Valle and John Ahearn specif­i­cally with child ac­tors in mind. Michael Valenti and Elsa Rael, the same team which brought to the stage an­other chil­dren’s clas­sic, Snow

White and the Seven Dwarfs, pro­vide the mu­sic and

lyrics.

Watch as Reper­tory Philip­pines re­vis­its the tale of an ador­ing fa­ther who prom­ises to bring home a rose for his youngest daugh­ter, Beauty. Un­be­knownst to him, pick­ing that rose from the Beast’s en­chanted gar­den would have un­for­tu­nate con­se­quences. In ex­change for his free­dom, Beauty makes the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice, agree­ing to spend the rest of her life in the cas­tle, tak­ing her fa­ther’s place. The play is di­rected by Joy Vi­rata, REP’s artis­tic di­rec­tor and founder of REP The­ater for Young Au­di­ences. Cara Barredo, Alana Vi­cente, Jill Itaas, and Maya En­cila will en­chant as Beauty, while Ar­nel Car­rion, Jos Jal­buena, Hans Eck­stein, and Ge­orge Schulze will bring the Beast to life. Au­gust 12 to De­cem­ber 14 at On­stage, Green­belt 1; 843.3570; tick­ets avail­able through Tick­et­world, 891.9999, tick­et­world. com.ph.

TAM­ING ThE BEAST Alana Vi­cente with Ar­nel Car­rion (as Beast). Oliver Usi­son al­ter­nates as Beauty’s fa­ther.

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