Dear Teachers Be Our Guest! The Academy Award-winning film comes to life in this romantic and beloved take on the classic fairytale.
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The following questions are intended for students to learn about the plot and characters of a story. These may be used to prompt class discussions or given as a written assignment. What is going on?
The plot is the action or events that make up the story. In order for a story to make sense, the events within must be in logical order.
1. Describe the plot of Beauty and the Beast in one or two sentences.
2. Identify five important moments in the show and explain why you chose them. Draw a picture illustrating each event in a timeline.
3. What information did you need to know in order to understand the action in Beauty and the Beast? How did the show communicate this information?
4. Read the lyrics of Something There in Section VI. What is the main message in this song?
5. Below are some of the main events in the show. Place them in chronological order.
a. Belle and the Beast fall in love.
b. The young prince is turned into a beast by the old beggar woman.
c. Belle becomes the Beast’s prisoner in exchange for her father’s freedom.
d. Gaston gathers the townsfolk and goes to attack the Beast.
e. The Beast transforms into the handsome prince.
-Exposition: presentation of information that the audience needs to understand the story’s action
-Rising Action: central part of the story during which various problems and complications arise that cause the characters to take action
-Climax: the highest point or turning point in the action
-Falling Action: contains the action or dialogue necessary to lead the story to a resolution
-Resolution: the end of the story in which the problems are solved
Be Our Guest!
1. Which character was your favourite? Least favourite? Explain.
2. If you could be any one of the characters in the show, which would you choose? Why?
3. Why did the old woman turn the prince into a Beast? What was she trying to teach him?
4. Which character do you consider to be the villain? The hero or heroine? Explain.
5. Why do the townsfolk think Belle is odd? If you were one of them, would you be Belle’s friend? Why or why not?
6. Why does Belle choose to be the Beast’s prisoner?
7. How do you think the Beast felt when he scared Belle away?
8. The Beast wanted Belle to stay with him in the castle, so why did he let her leave to go see her father?
Objective: to connect the events of the show with personal experiences, stimulate imagination, encourage self-expression
Action: As a class, discuss how Belle felt when she was the Beast’s prisoner. Make a list of the specific things she missed about her home. Also, think about what you love most about your home and make a list of the specific things you would miss if you suddenly had to leave.
Act it Out!
Objective: to understand the show, stimulate imagination, encourage creative expression and teamwork, build self confidence
Action: Using the part of the script below, act out your own production of Beauty and the Beast. Add or take out lines according to your interpretation of the story. If desired, include costumes, props, and music.
Roles: 8 boys, 5 girls, ensemble members
Objective: to learn the ideas and lessons presented in the show Beauty is only Skin Deep
In Beauty and the Beast, Belle discovers that the Beast is no beast at all. Rather, he is a kind and caring soul and she eventually falls in love with him! Form groups of 3-4 people.
Act out a scene showing people befriending and accepting someone whose looks or behaviours are different from the rest of the group.
In The Mob Song, the townsfolk sing, “We don’t like what we don’t understand; in fact, it scares us”. As a class, name things that you dislike or are afraid of because you have never experienced or seen them (examples: strange food, wild animals, and foreign countries). Also, try a new food or make a new friend today.
The townsfolk think that Belle is odd and different. Choose your favourite character from the show and think about how he or she is different from everyone else. Draw a picture showing his or her unique qualities. Also, present your own special quality, ability, or hobby to the class through a drawing, collage, or demonstration.
Act It Out! Script
8 boys – Young prince 5 girls – Old beggar woman
The Beast Enchantress
Lefou Mrs. Potts
Monsieur D’Arque Ensemble members – townsfolk
With a dreamy, far-off look and her nose stuck in a book, what a puzzle to the rest of us is Belle.
Enter Gaston and Lefou
LeFou: (holding a dead animal) I got it Gaston! Wow! You didn't miss a shot, Gaston! You're the greatest hunter in the whole world!
Gaston: I know.
LeFou: No beast alive stands a chance against you. --- And no girl, for that matter
Gaston: It's true, LeFou. And I've got my sights set on that one. (points to Belle)
LeFou: The inventor's daughter?
Gaston: She's the one - the lucky girl I'm going to marry. She’s the most beautiful girl in town. Right from the moment when I met her, saw her, I said she's gorgeous and I fell. Here in town there's only she who is beautiful as me. So I'm making plans to woo and marry Belle!
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Maurice: (talking to himself) First prize is nearly mine! It's quite my best invention -- so simple, yet complex; so massive, yet so small. This triumph of design will be my old-age pension… that is, provided I can find the fair at all. Hmmm, I must have missed a sign.
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