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First up I'm including the mission statement of the company, Theatre Fébus (Theater Phoebus) because it's so very inspiring (via auto-translation from original French):
And oh my goodness the setting they used for this play! Although I'm sure they'd be hard pressed to end up with a bad backdrop anywhere in that area, the one they chose was integrated so beautifully into the production, I don't think any audience member would be able to be in that spot again without envisioning the story. What a fantastic place for an outdoor performance! It works so well during both the day and the evening (it appears as if the performance started in daylight and finished in the dark). The way they used the lighting to illuminate the natural setting - as well as wander through it for effect... just, wow! I can't believe this is my first time stumbling across it.
There are a TON more wonderful pics HERE - the ones I've included are just a sampling. The Beast-on-stilts is amazing, and quite fearsome. He looks like he's gone back to nature. Perhaps that was the intent.
Here's a summary of why they chose to do Beauty & the Beast, although, it's not like the French ever need an excuse since it's so beloved, but it's great to see some solid thought behind the "why", too. (It's also auto-translated from French, from the official website HERE):
I also found a video which I was mesmerized by (I miss the theater!). Take a look:
There's a lot more information on the history, inspiration and writing so, since you will be scrolling through quite a few images I thought I'd include some of that text too (again, in English courtesy of auto-translation).
On the writing:
Writing Spiesser Bruno, Jerome Pinel, Lionel Sabattier.
Four guidelines have attracted attention in writing.
Here's a short video fro promotion, including glimpses of the set-up and behind-the-scenes: