OP-ED: Silverthorne Theatre Presents “Glasshart”

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Madelyn Hutchison

Today I will be reviewing LC’s Silverthorne Theater’s production of “Glassheart”.

Much like the Addams Family Musical I did last issue, I will be going over the background of the story, the plot, technical things I noticed, and finally, my personal feelings about the show.

The background: “Beauty and The Beast” or “La Belle et la Bete” (French name) was originally written by a female French author named Gabrielle-Suzanne Barot de Villeneuve in 1740.

It was based on Greek mythology stories such as “Cupid and Psyche” (which if you know anything about that story–ouch), and a story called “The Pig King”.

The original story has been adapted, abridged and changed over time, as you can clearly see with Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”.

As is usually the case with Disney adaptations the original “Beauty and Beast’’ was much darker and
bloodier, and not just some red flag for Stockholm Syndrome.

The plot: “Glassheart” is a retelling of “Beauty and the Beast”, but in a modern light. There is no Belle, instead her name is Aiofe, which also means beautiful.

The story starts that the Beast and his only enchanted furniture that went with him, Only (a lamp), move to Chicago, where they soon meet Aiofe. Only, wanting to break the curse on the Beast, and after some coercion from the landlady witch, convinces Aiofe to stay with the Beast.

While she’s there, Aiofe is sort of frozen in time, the season outside the window doesn’t change and
time doesn’t feel the same. Only is disguised as Aiofe and goes out into the world, getting a job, meeting friends, and going through a daily human life.

All the while the landlady witch is trying to convince Only to give up on the Beast and live the life Aiofe would have had, but Only refuses, and she is the one that saves the Beast. He becomes human. Aiofe starts living the life Only had lived for almost a year. And as everything comes full circle, the story asks: What really makes someone “human”?

Technical things I noticed: Everyone interacted with the props very well. Light was heavily used during the show, to show transformations, light turning to day, etc etc. I was overall impressed with everything the production put on stage.

Personal feelings: I loved it. It was very fun and interesting as it seemed to focus on Only and her relationship with the Beast and the other characters rather than the traditional “Beauty and the Beast” story. It was a nice refresher. They used music in a nice way as well, the music acted more like a world builder, unlike a musical where characters are just randomly starting into
song, which I liked.

The story seemed fast-paced and kept my attention. The only time I checked my phone was during the intermission, and I was shocked to see an hour had already passed.

You can tell the people playing the characters enjoyed every minute of it as well, which is always great, because if the actors aren’t having fun, neither is the audience. In short, I
really enjoyed it.

Also, quick side-note: I would like to say that the people who were playing the characters on Sunday
night, the night I went, did an excellent job. I loved Aiofe, they were very relatable and fun. The person who played the Beast also intrigued me as well as scared me when they would scream, which I imagine is the point. And the person who played Only was absolutely wonderful. All in all, I loved the casting for this play.