Enchanted Tales with Belle (Magic Kingdom)

(Guests enter Maurice’s Cottage.)

CAST MEMBER (ad lib)
Bonjour, everyone! As most of you know, Belle’s father Maurice is an inventor, and this is his workshop. If you look around the workshop, you’ll see plans and lots of working models of some of Maurice’s inventions. Feel free to take as many photos as you like — but please, no flash photography or video lighting.

Now, if you would all direct your attention to the beautiful mirror on the wall. This was actually a gift given from the Beast to Maurice so that he could visit Princess Belle at the castle whenever he wanted. This magic mirror can transport us to the castle at any point in time, and I think I know the perfect time.

Now, repeat after me: “Take me back to the day Belle and Beast fell in love.”

GUESTS
Take me back to the day Belle and Beast fell in love.

(The mirror glows green. Music begins. The forest appears in the mirror, and we pan up to Beast’s castle. The mirror begins to grow. As wooden doors appear on the mirror, they open to reveal the passage into the next room.)

CAST MEMBER (ad lib)
Welcome to the castle on the day that Belle and the Beast fell in love!

WARDROBE
Helloooo! Welcome! Welcome to the castle! Oh, come in, come in! We just love having visitors… even though the Master can be a bit of a beast sometimes about it. (Laughs.) Oh, and please, let’s have the young ones right up front. That’s it! And grownups, behind them, so everybody can see. You can see me, can’t you? Yes! (Laughs.) I’m so excited! Are we all here? Ready to begin? Wonderful. Bonjour, everyone!

GUESTS
Bonjour!

WARDROBE
Aren’t you a good-looking bunch?! Especially you in the back! This is so exciting — tonight’s the night Belle and the Beast fall in love… at least we hope so! And to help move things along, you’re all going to surprise Belle and act out the story of how they met! Oh, I can hardly wait!

CAST MEMBER (ad lib)
I can’t either! Are you guys ready to surprise Belle?

GUESTS
Yeah!

WARDROBE
Wonderful! And we have enough parts for everyone! First, we need two big strong suits of armor to march around and protect the castle.

CAST MEMBER (ad lib)
Everyone, march! (Chooses two adult GUESTS.) All right, lets have you, sir. And you, sir.

WARDROBE
Oh, and of course, we’ll need someone to play the Master — the Beast! He has a mighty roar!

CAST MEMBER (ad lib)
Okay, put those paws up and roar!

GUESTS
Roar!

(CAST MEMBER chooses a GUEST and puts the cape on him.)

WARDROBE
Next, we need Belle’s father, Maurice. Maurice gets locked in a dungeon, where he shivers from the cold.

CAST MEMBER (ad lib)
The dungeon is very cold! Everybody, shiver! (Chooses a GUEST.)

WARDROBE
And of course, we need someone to play Philippe — Maurice’s horse! Philippe says “neigh!”

CAST MEMBER (ad lib)
Okay, everyone, neigh!

GUESTS
Neigh!

(CAST MEMBER picks a GUEST to play PHILIPPE)

WARDROBE
And now, Mrs. Potts and dear little Chip, the teacup! They hop everywhere.

CAST MEMBER (ad lib)
Okay, guys. Now everyone hop, hop, hop! (Chooses two GUESTS.)

WARDROBE
And finally, it’s time to decide who gets to portray me! Oh, you’ve got some awfully big drawers to fill. Okay, give me a great big ah-ahhhhhh!

GUESTS
Ah-ahhhhh!

(CAST MEMBER chooses a WARDROBE.)

WARDROBE
Does everybody have a part who wants one?

CAST MEMBER (ad lib)
Okay, if anyone else wants a part, raise your hand! (Hands out PLATES, SALT SHAKERS, etc.)

WARDROBE
And now, I have a part for everyone to play. It will be your job to make the sound of a horse galloping. (GUESTS practice.) Oh, wonderful! I think we have time for a quick rehearsal. We’ll start with our Beast. Let me hear you roar! (BEAST roars.) Everybody, roar! (GUESTS roar.) Wonderful! And now, Philippe, give me a great big “neigh!” (PHILIPPE neighs.) And, uh, Mrs. Potts, Chip, hop! (MRS. POTTS and CHIP hop.) Oh, very good. Suits of armor, march! Really stomp those feet! Maurice, shiver! Philippe, neigh! Ooh, everybody gallop. Come on, gallop! Mrs. Potts and Chip, hop! Maurice, shiver! Roar, Beast, roar! Everybody, roar!

CAST MEMBER (ad lib)
Wonderful! Everybody, give yourselves a round of applause!

WARDROBE
Bravo! Bravo! Oh, I think you’re going to be just wonderful. Belle will be so delighted to see you.  Just wait ’til she sees your performance! It’ll be fabulous! Now, Lumiere will be calling you in soon, and when he does, file into the library quickly and take your seats. Oh, and remember it’s a surpriiiiiiise. So, mum’s the word!

LUMIERE
Allo, bonjour! We are ready!

(Doors to library open.)

CAST MEMBER (ad lib)
All right, everyone, let’s have our cast come in first, and then our audience.

WARDROBE
Au revoir! Bye-bye! Bye-bye!

(GUESTS file into the library.)

LUMIERE
Oh, come in, come in. Please, sit down. Well, Chéris, before your big dinner with the Master tonight, we thought it would be fun to act out a story with you.

(GUESTS take their seats.)

CAST MEMBER (ad lib)
Lumiere, I think they’re ready.

LUMIERE
Ah, wonderful! Suits of armor, are you ready?

SUITS OF ARMOR
Oui!

LUMIERE
Superb! Now, you have the hardest part of all. Throughout the entire tale, don’t move. (Laughs.) I’m joking… You will be marching soon enough! Now, remember, Belle doesn’t know you’re here, so shh! I shall call her in, and when she enters, we’ll all shout “surprise!”

CAST MEMBER (ad lib)
Great idea, Lumiere. Now, everyone, please stay nice and quiet, and when I say “now,” we’ll all shout “surprise!” Oh, and Lumiere, the lights…

LUMIERE
But of course. (Lowers the lights. Calls out.) Belle! Where are you, mademoiselle?

(BELLE enters.)

BELLE
Lumiere?

CAST MEMBER
Now!

GUESTS
Surprise!

BELLE (ad lib)
My goodness! It’s all my friends from the village. This is such a wonderful surprise. Hello there, etc. Lumiere, what brings all of my friends to the library this evening?

LUMIERE
Well, Chérie, before your big dinner with the master tonight, we thought it would be fun to act out a story with you!

BELLE (ad lib)
Oh, that sounds wonderful… As long as I don’t keep the Beast waiting.

LUMIERE
Very well! Let us begin. Once upon a time, there was a charming, intelligent young woman whose name was Belle.

BELLE (ad lib)
Oh, Lumiere…

LUMIERE
Belle lived in a quiet little village, and each morning to everyone, Belle would say “bonjour!”

BELLE
Bonjour, everyone!

GUESTS
Bonjour, Belle!

LUMIERE
Then, one night, when her father was away on a journey, Belle heard the sound of galloping.

CAST MEMBER (ad lib)
Everyone, gallop! (Brings PHILIPPE forward.)

LUMIERE
It was her father’s horse, Philippe, returning to town. But Maurice, he was not with him. Belle asked Philippe where her father was.

BELLE (ad lib)
Philippe, where’s Papa?

PHILIPPE
Neigh!

LUMIERE
Which means, “I… think he’s somewhere in the forest.”

BELLE (ad lib)
Of course, thank you.

LUMIERE
So Belle set off through the forest to find her father.

BELLE (ad lib)
Papa! Papa! (She wanders around the room, looking for him.)

LUMIERE
As she searched, she could hear the wind whistling.

(CAST MEMBER gets GUESTS to mimic whistling wind.)

LUMIERE
And the wolves howling.

(CAST MEMBER leads GUESTS in a howl.)

LUMIERE
At last, she came to a castle. And there, locked in a cold, dark dungeon cell, she found her father, Maurice, shivering.

(MAURICE shivers.)

LUMIERE
Then, suddenly, the biggest, most ferocious beast Belle had ever seen jumped out and roared!

(BEAST roars.)

LUMIERE
The suits of armor screeched at the top of their lungs.

(SUITS OF ARMOR scream.)

LUMIERE
Belle pleaded with the Beast to let Maurice go. But the Beast refused. So Belle agreed to take her father’s place.

BELLE (ad lib)
You go home, Papa. I’ll stay here.

LUMIERE
Later that night, Belle became hungry and searched the castle for something to eat. So imagine her surprise when a tiny teacup named Chip hopped up to her and said “hello.”

(CHIP hops up to BELLE.)

BELLE (ad lib)
Bonjour!

LUMIERE
Then Mrs. Potts hopped up and poured her a nice cup of tea.

(MRS. POTTS hops over to BELLE and pours tea.)

BELLE (ad lib)
Well, thank your very much!

LUMIERE
Suddenly, all the enchanted objects jumped to their feet! The suits of armor marched in time as we invited everyone to… (Sings.)

(BELLE leads the ENCHANTED OBJECTS as they march around the room.)

LUMIERE
Be our guest,

Be our guest,
Put our service to the test!
Tie your napkin ’round your neck, Chérie,
And we provide the rest!

Soup du jour,
Hot hors d’oeuvres,
Why, we only live to serve!
Try the grey stuff — it’s delicious!
Don’t believe me? Ask the dishes!

They can sing!
They can dance!
After all, miss, this is France.
And a dinner here is never second best.

Go on, unfold your menu,
Take a glance and then you’ll
Be our guest!
Oui, our guest!
Be our guest!

(CAST MEMBER presents each character for a round of applause.)

CAST MEMBER (ad lib)
Ladies and gentlemen, presenting Maurice! Philippe! Chip! Mrs. Potts! Madame Wardrobe! The plates! The salt shakers!

BELLE (ad lib)
Wonderful! It was great seeing you all. You all did such a wonderful job, etc.

LUMIERE
Be our guest,
Be our guest,
Be our guest!
Please be our guest!

(Music transitions to “Beauty and the Beast.” BELLE dances with BEAST.)

LUMIERE
And as time went on, Belle realized the the Beast was not mean or cruel — but in his heart, was sweet and kind. And Belle and the Beast became the very best of friends. And that is the story of how the Beauty met the Beast.

(Applause.)

LUMIERE
Oh, superb! Magnifique! Thank you all so much! And to show our appreciation, we’ll give you something to mark the occasion.

CAST MEMBER (ad lib)
Here we are, Belle — your favorite bookmarks.

BELLE (ad lib)
What a wonderful idea. Now you can all use them to mark your favorite part of the book too.

(GUESTS who participated in the story file through, get bookmarks, and take pictures with BELLE.)

LUMIERE
Excusez-moi, mademoiselle! Dinner awaits!

BELLE (ad lib)
Of course. I don’t want to keep Beast waiting! Thank you all so much for your help today. Goodbye!

(BELLE exits.)

LUMIERE
Au revoir, Chérie! Good luck! Suits of armor, you are dismissed! Goodbye, one and all!

CAST MEMBER (ad lib)
Okay, everyone, now please stand up and exit the library. Thank you all for joining us, etc.

(GUESTS exit.)

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