Despite working 11.5 hours a day, the stage manager and stars of Disenchanted only became more enchanted with the musical as opening day neared.
Stephens College theater department performed the Broadway Musical, Disenchanted: Bitches of the Kingdom, the last two weeks of September. The musical explains the lives of the Disney princesses after their happily ever afters.
Belle goes crazy from talking to inanimate objects. Mulan realizes she may be lesbian because she does not fall in love with a man in her movie. Ariel seriously regrets her decision to become a human with legs. The musical depicts different cynical aspects of the Disney princess’ lives.
The stage manager, second year theatre Polly Mytinger, spent about seven hours a day working on the show. She had to ensure the show opened on time and was performed the way the producer and director intended, all the while staying invisible to the viewers.
“It is a lot of work. It’s one of those thankless jobs that needs to be done,” said Mytinger.
Katie Pautler, also a second year theatre major, played Belle, the princess from the Disney film “Beauty and the Beast.” Pautler had a fun time working on the musical.
“My favorite scene and days in rehearsal where when we got to learn and run the song ‘Finale’,” said Pautler. To try out for the musical, Pautler had to sing and dance. Each actress was cast for a particular role.
“Based on the dancing audition they called girls to sing specific songs from the show,” said Pautler.
In addition to Stephens students, the theatre department brought several people from New York to help with the show. Gentry Akens was in charge of props and set design. Akens has designed sets from shows including “Mickey Mouse Club” and MTV’s “Teen Wolf.”
“He’s the sweetest guy you’ll ever meet and extremely talented,” said Mytinger. Matt West was brought in to choreograph. West was in the original revival of “A Chorus Line” on Broadway and the movie version of the musical. He also choreographed “Beauty and the Beast” on Broadway.
“It was definitely a challenge because everyone had a different style of putting a show together, and it really pushed everyone out of their comfort zone in a good way. The coolest part from a technical aspect was working with the New York designers,” said Mytinger.