With “Beauty and the Beast“ about ready to make its debut performance aboard the Disney Dream in November, Disney Cruise Line is inviting us behind the curtain to see all that goes into one of their elaborate Broadway-style productions. As you will learn, it takes lots pixie dust and creative minds to bring these productions to life on the high seas.
From “Frozen, A Musical Spectacular” to “Tangled: The Musical” and now “Beauty and the Beast,” Disney Cruise Line brings some of Disney’s most beloved stories to life in the grand Walt Disney Theatre. Disney’s creative team transforms renowned songs into spectacular, show-stopping numbers, and lavish costumes and puppetry bring a fresh perspective to characters you know and love.
The process of bringing the magic to the stage starts up to two years before a show premieres. Disney Cruise Line Entertainment begins by brainstorming and deciding on a concept. Once that concept is nailed down they develop the treatment, which is essentially a blueprint for the production. Then comes the time to assemble the show’s creative team, full of acclaimed and award-winning artists including a director, writer, composer, and choreographer.
Over the course of many months, this team is joined by talented artists and designers who specialize in costuming, puppetry, scenery, projections, and lighting. From the gleaming, floating lanterns in “Tangled” to the provincial French town in “Beauty and the Beast,” no detail is overlooked.
Workshops are then conducted to test and adjust the show. These workshops allow the creative team to solidify the show and make sure all of the artistic elements are seamlessly combined and ready to entertain guests for years to come.
Leading up to the musical’s premiere on the Walt Disney Theatre stage, physical elements of the show are constructed, including elaborate scenery, larger-than-life props, and stunning costumes. Not even Cinderella’s mouse friends could keep up with the work of the costuming team. A single production may include 500 garments, 250 pairs of shoes and 50 wigs.
As mentioned, “Beauty and the Beast” begins much-anticipated performances aboard the Disney Dream in November. I can’t wait!
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