La Belle: Lost in the World of the Automaton
“Terrific!”—National Public Radio
“Masters of mime, dance and acrobatics…sure fire… inspired fun!”—The New York Times
Set aboard a steamship circa 1920 La Belle is the unlikely love story of the ship’s coal stoker (Sam Stoker) and one of the vacationers on the ship (Lady Rose). When she takes refuge from a storm while on deck Rose finds herself in Sam’s engine room far below. She is drawn to a myriad of trunks and treasures accumulated there, including objects of Sam’s own creation and discovers that he has constructed the story of La Belle et la Bête in the world of the automata (figurines brought to life by the ingenuity of clockwork mechanics). She also knows the story Beauty and the Beast and soon joins him in the telling. They become friends, beautifully melding the real and fantasy worlds while playing the characters of Belle and the Beast, and beyond their control they fall in love. Like a giant toy containing moving gears, machines and a backdrop of a whimsical ship, the physical set is a kinetic and animated environment using over 100 special effects and large-scale puppetry to tell this magical tale.
Arrive early for Free Fun with Art, custom-designed arts & crafts projects for the whole family, and pizza and drinks at our concessions stand, all starting one-hour before the show!
*Lap Passes are $5 and are limited in availability. They can only be purchased in person at the Ticket Office on the day of the show, with the exception of Clover Sonoma Family Fun Series season ticket holders, who may order them in advance to family series shows. Lap passes are a final sale. Children with a Lap Pass are not allowed to occupy a regular seat, and must remain on the lap (or in the arms) of an accompanying adult. To make the performances enjoyable for everyone in attendance, we ask your help in removing disruptive children from the theater.