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Beauty And The Beast Performs At Wharton Center

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS)- Every year the Wharton Center in East Lansing brings Broadway musicals to the local stage.

Right now, you have the opportunity to see one that first captured the hearts of millions as a cartoon Disney movie back in 1991. Two stars from Beauty and the Beast sat down with 6 News Chivon Kloepfer for a sneak peak.

Cast members say that the musical is the same thing as the beloved movie, but added elements to make it more human. "For example, luimere can't be an actual candle, so they make him a human who's turning into a candle. So to make it kind of a stronger story, it's as if saying, you're dying of cancer and it's your fault, to the beast," says Darick Pead "Beast".

Pead has been playing the beast for nearly two years now. It takes Pead about 35 minutes of makeup and wardrobe to become the "Beast".

"The wardrobe world back stage is just rows and rows with four or five different costumes with forks and knives and wigs. I don't know how they keep it all together," says Hilary Maibarger "Belle".

There's a total of 580 costume pieces to keep together.

More human or not you'll recognize the characters one by one because most from the movie make an appearance. "The musical numbers are stunning. Some of them are so simple, and others are bright lights and costumes and shooting Champaign. You really get everything in this show," says Maibarger.

It's a tale dating back to the 1800's, some might say as old as time but this musical tale is only in East Lansing for a limited time.

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