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Beauty and the Beast puppets are being brought to life onstage aboard the Disney Dream


Enchanted Beauty and the Beast characters like Mrs. Potts, Chip and Lumiere go from the screen to the stage as puppets in Disney Cruise Line’s new musical, “Beauty and the Beast.”

The new production of “Beauty and the Beast” celebrates the romance, adventure and magic of the live-action film, weaving in the charm and nostalgia of the award-winning animated feature.

Our very own Audra Stafford takes us behind-the-scenes with Jeff Conover, the master puppeteer for Disney Entertainment. Jeff coordinates puppetry for the many live stage shows, including the new live Beauty and the Beast on the Disney Dream.

Retaining the character design of what audiences are accustomed to seeing from the film, enchanted objects like Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, Cogsworth and Chip look like they jumped right off the screen and into the stage. See the emotional connection that catches audiences off guard and see why Jeff Conover still gets choked up by the authentic performances in the interview below.

A tale as old as time, the latest innovative take on the story transformed renowned songs into spectacular, show-stopping numbers as well as bring a fresh perspective to beloved characters.

To learn more, watch the full segment below or see it air nationwide on California Life with Heather Dawson

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