Freddie Rivas took a moment to chat with us about his experience in the rehearsal process for Beauty and the Beast. Have a read!
What is the most thrilling part of rehearsing for Beauty and The Beast, especially knowing that you will be getting different suggestions from the audience every time you do the play? How do you prepare for a play that is improvised?
The most thrilling part of rehearsing for B&B is the constant surprises. Rehearsing for an improvised play is fun because it’s always going to be different in terms of structure, so the majority of the work is nailing down the structure and training your muscle memory to be ready for anything.
What kind of character work do you need to do when you’re working with puppets?
When working with puppets it’s all about voice work and the movement of the puppets. Stretching is also very important as your arms can get very tired.
What does it feel like to play an iconic character like Beast? What are some inspirations you have to keep you percolating within your role?
Playing the beast is a blast. Everyone knows how scary the beast is, so its fun to play off of those expectations and surprise people with kindness and sillyness. I’ve taken most of my inspiration from characters like the T-rex from Toy Story or Lenny from Of Mice and Men. It’s fun to be the gentle giant.