I had the immense pleasure of seeing the broadway musical, Beauty and the Beast in Chicago with my sister this afternoon. It was an incredible performance and stayed true to the Disney movie I know and love.
My sister and I were two of the few patrons that did not have a "little princess" with us. There were so, so many little girls, sitting in awe as they watched Belle and the Beast share their story on stage. To them, the performance was magic.
I can only imagine the pressure on the actress to not only act and sing to her beat ability, but perhaps more importantly, to give the children hope, to keep filling and fielding their dreams, and to provide a believable, magical role model. Whoa. That's a lot of pressure if you ask me.
It's a shame there are so few positive role models for kids these days. I confess, despite loving Disney for all the fun movies, I realize that some of the lessons taught aren't the best.
Beauty and the Beast, however, doesn't possess that flaw. It teaches us to not judge people on appearance, to give second chances, and that good should triumph over evil. Thank goodness for the hope in the midst of the messy darkness that is our world.
I like happy endings, don't you?