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Unleashing the Beast: Chris Caputo Takes Center Stage at Rose Center Theater in Orange County

Disney's Beauty and the Beast has captivated audiences for generations with its enchanting story, unforgettable music, and timeless message. This summer, the Rose Center Theater in Westminster, California, brings the beloved musical to life June 28th through July 14th, and stepping into the furry shoes (or should we say paws?) of the Beast is Chris Caputo.

For Chris, this isn't just another performance; it's a dream come true. "I have been waiting and wanting to take on the role of the Beast for years," he says.  Having spent over 30 years, as both an actor onstage, and working behind the scenes as a technical designer on a number of theatrical productions- including Beauty and the Beast- this production is no different as Chris takes on double duty designing the technical elements of the Rose's Beauty and the Beast production, as well as stepping out into the spotlight as the story's iconic character.

The Beast, a character cursed to remain monstrous until he learns to love, and be loved in return, undergoes a captivating internal struggle. Chris is particularly drawn to this aspect. "The Beast has the greatest arc in the show," he explains. "He not only learns to love and be loved in return, he learns the importance of our humanity." Chris envisions taking the audience on a profound journey, "from self-loathing, hate, rage, and unkindness to a person who learns the importance of love." He emphasizes the universality of this struggle. "This internal struggle is so important to apply in our everyday lives," he reflects.

For Chris, inhabiting the Beast goes beyond memorizing lines and perfecting mannerisms. He reveals a delightful source of inspiration: his pets! "I am excited about bringing the Beast to life by imitating both my cat Simon and my Dog Bodhi," he says with a chuckle.  He explains how the Beast's characteristics mirror these furry companions: "In Act 1, the Beast is cunning, intuitive and ready to pounce on its prey much like a cat. But in Act 2 he becomes playful, loyal, and filled with unconditional love." This playful insight promises a nuanced and captivating portrayal.

The Rose Center Theater's production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast boasts the timeless magic of Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman's score, infused with new music by Menken and Tim Rice.  Chris can't wait to belt out "If I Can't Love Her," a song he considers the show's anthem. "It's the Beast's 'To be or not to be' speech set to music," he says. And it's a song sure to pique the audience's interest.

Looking back at his own artistic journey, Chris offers invaluable advice to aspiring performers.  "Let go!" he urges.  Shedding inhibitions is key. "Don't worry about what you look or sound like. Have fun," he emphasizes.  This sentiment perfectly encapsulates the spirit of theater – a space for transformation, joy, and shared experience. Chris promises a truly immersive experience for audiences. "I am so excited for the journey the audience will take as they watch this show," he enthuses.  He underscores the grand scale of the production, "This show is going to be epic!"

With Chris's dedication, the timeless music, and the Rose Center Theater's renowned production value, this Beauty and the Beast promises to be an unforgettable experience.  So, heed Chris's final words: "This is a show you don't want to miss. Trust me." Gather your family, grab your tickets, and prepare to be swept away by a tale as old as time. Only two weekends remain - Disney's Beauty and the Beast is now playing through July 14th.

Keywords: Disney's Beaty and the Beast, Rose Center Theater, Musical, Orange County, Theater, Singing, Dancing, Acting, Alan Menken, Tim Rice, Family, Kids, Children, Local Event, Plays, Tickets

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