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The Look of CDT’s Beauty and the Beast

The Beast (Robert O. Berdhal) wrestles with his mortality and anguish. Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp (2016).

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres’ new production of Beauty and the Beast is pulling younger and older audiences out to the West Metro area. Among other things, the production features new costumes by Costumer Rich Hamson and Assistant Costumer Susan Fick, the heads of a large, 20-person team that built and maintains the costumes and garbs the actors:

  • Costume Crasftperson/painter: Nanci Aeilts
  • Assistant Crafts: Michael Gruber, Ryan Schmidt
  • Wardrobe: Dena Rice, Jillian Christenson
  • Drapers: Lynn Farrington, Susan Fick, Rich Hamson (double duty), Jeanne Jordan, Carol Lane, Milly Oudhoff, Howard Pankonin, Barbara Portinga, Annie Rupprecht
  • First Hands: Teresa Davich, Kristen Deboom, Jody Rosquist, Florence Treuer
  • Wig Maintenance: Susan Magnuson (also the Hair and Makeup Designer)

Here’re some examples of what all that work looks like when combined with Sue Ellen Berger’s lighting design and Nayna Ramey’s scenic design:

All photos by Heidi Bohnenkamp (2016).

Gaston (akes Knezevich) charms Belle (Ruthanne Heyward) with his good side.
Gaston (Aleks Knezevich) charms Belle (Ruthanne Heyward) with his good side.
Belle (Ruthanne Heyward) engaged in her favorite preoccupation.
Belle (Ruthanne Heyward) engaged in her favorite preoccupation.
The Beast (Robert O. Berdhal) confronts his magic-induced mortality.
The Beast (Robert O. Berdhal) confronts his magic-induced mortality.
Maurice (Keith Rice) enjoys a tender moment with his daughter Belle (Ruthanne Heyward).
Maurice (Keith Rice) enjoys a tender moment with his daughter Belle (Ruthanne Heyward).
Cogsworth (Scott Blackburn) and Lumière (Mark King) debate romance, etiquette, and hospitality.
Cogsworth (Scott Blackburn) and Lumière (Mark King) debate romance, etiquette, and hospitality.
The Beast (Robert O. Berdhal) listens to Belle (Ruthanne Heyward) read.
The Beast (Robert O. Berdhal) listens to Belle (Ruthanne Heyward) read.
The Beast (Robert O. Berdhal) fights off a pack of wolves.
The Beast (Robert O. Berdhal) fights off a pack of wolves.
Gaston (Aleks Knezvich) leads a mob of villagers on a sinister mission.
Gaston (Aleks Knezvich) leads a mob of villagers on a sinister mission.

 

Beauty and the Beast is playing now at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres and runs through September 24, 2016.

 

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