Tell us why you are excited to play ASU Gammage.
I am always excited to see new venues and cities! I have never been to Tempe, and I look forward to seeing what it and the ASU Gammage have to offer.
What is your favorite part of performing with BEAUTY AND THE BEAST?
It means so much to me to be able to bring such a loved story to so many people. I myself grew up watching the film, and its has an important message that in part helped to make me who I am today. I am so grateful that I can help deliver that message to new audiences.
It really is a show for everyone. Yes, it is adapted from a Disney cartoon, but there is plenty of humor and drama that the adults relate to that go over the kids' heads. My uncle, someone who before seeing this production declared that he hated musicals, now claims Beauty and the Beast changed his mind about them altogether!
What is it like translating the famous movie to the stage?
It is all about making it stand on its own while staying true to the story and world that everyone knows and loves. For me personally, I had the same preconceptions about Cogsworth from watching the movie as everyone else, but that doesn't matter. I can't hope to be a recreation of the film version, nor should I try. It's about finding the essence of the character and relating him to myself.
How do you feel your character contributes to the show?
He, with Lumiere, contributes dialogue based comedic relief that often appeals more to the adults, as opposed to the slapstick of Gaston and Lefou. Also, he offers a strict parental type figure for the Beast, as opposed to the warm nurturing offered by Mrs. Potts or the masculine "fun uncle" nature of Lumiere.
Beauty and the Beast will play at ASU Gammage April 9 - 14, 2013. For tickets or more information please visit www.asugammage.com.