Who is the Beast?

The Beast is a character who has been cursed. He is a prince who has been cursed because an enchantress realized how selfish and that there is no love in his heart. The only way to break the curse is love another and to be loved in return- because who would love a beast? The entire castle ends up being cursed. That is basically the prologue of Beauty and the Beast.

Beast does at first imprison Belle’s father, but Belle takes his place. The Beast over time has fallen into despair because he felt like the curse could never be broken. Even Belle saw that there is no love in his heart. But she is now imprisoned in his castle and has been given on rule- “not to enter the West Wing”. Little did the Beast know the impact Belle would have on his life. Over and over again, the staff, who are now things like teacups and clocks and candles, have told him that maybe Belle is the one to break the curse, but he doesn’t believe them on bit.

Things start to change for the Beast when Belle enters the West Wing. This is when Beast loses his temper and that causes Belle to leave the castle. Beast realizes a big mistake he made, and decides to after her. Beast actually decides to save Belle in this moment and actually saves her from wolves from this moment so now his transformation is beginning. Beast and Belle have this constant argument in the castle ending with Belle telling the Beast that he “should learn to control his temper”. But at least he saved Belle and that did took an act of courage and that did show that he did care a bit about Belle. If he did not, he would not have gone after her.

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In “Something There”, both Belle and Beast start to fall in love. Beast finally has some kind of love in his heart. The love he has in his heart is for Belle. Belle is showing the Beast how to love in many ways. In that one scene, through the enchanted mirror when Belle is seeing her father being mistreated by her townspeople, Beast lets Belle go. So at least he has fallen in love with. So he went from a selfish and unloving prince to a courageous prince and his transformation happened because of Belle. He at least let Belle go even if it might mean staying a Beast forever. Gaston does make the townspeople believe the Beast is dangerous and it is in that moment that Belle realizes just how much she cares about the Beast and hurries back to warn him. Beast fights off Gaston to protect Belle and soon enough the spell is broken.

I love characters with drastic transformations, but not for the characters who are villains or antagonists. Beast proves that Beauty comes from within in. Beast was ashamed of his appearance and that no one would love him. Belle taught him love. After falling in love with her, he had the courage to let her go and the courage to protect her when she came back.

Who is Jean Valjean?

Jean Valjean is the protagonist of the musical, Les Misérables. He is one of the most complex protagonists in musical theatre who goes on quite a journey from the beginning of the musical to the end.

Jean Valjean is an ex-convict who stole a loaf of bread to feed his family, which put him to prison for 5 years, but for trying to escape 14 more years. So for a minor crime, he was imprisoned for 19 years. He entered prison as a good man, but being in prison hardened him, and he left prison full of hate and anger. Jean Valjean is known for his physical strength.

Once he realized how unfairly society treats him, his soul fills up with even more anger and hates society even more. But he is given kindness by the bishop. Despite being given food and shelter, Valjean still steals from him. But the bishop forgives him and says all the silver was a gift.

So due to the mercy given by the bishop, Valjean realizes that he can change. He starts to treat people with compassion. He opens up a factory and shows compassion to the poor. So Valjean’s transformation begins to show. Valjean’s journey is a spiritual one. Valjean ends up helping Fantine, one of his former factory workers, Fantine, who has unjustly been fired from his factory. She had to turn to prostitution to provide for her daughter. Valjean prevents her from being arrested and sends her to the hospital. Valjean even turns himself in when an innocent man is believed to be “Valjean”. In an act of compassion, Valjean actually agrees to care for Fantine’s daughter, Cosette. So Valjean continues to act by the example set by the bishop.

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Cosette is the first person Valjean loved after being released. He feels like a true father to Cosette. Cosette was a broken child before. Valjean knows that caring for Cosette will be dangerous due to being an ex-convict, but he keeps to his word. Yes, he over-protects and shelters her, but I do not blame him in the danger of being sent back to prison. His love for Cosette makes him a kinder and better person. His love for Cosette is shown in different ways. He goes as far as rescuing Marius, who Cosette loves, from the barricades to show his love for his adopted daughter. This act of sacrifice shows that Valjean has some kind of courage. He may not tell Cosette about his past, but he is an incredible father. He saves Marius from being killed at the barricades.

He does shows the importance of forgiving our enemies. In one scene, he forgives Javert. In that scene, he was supposed to kill Javert, but instead lets Javert go and shows Javert forgiveness and mercy. This happened at the barricades.

In the end, even though Valjean dies, he dies with Cosette and Marius, his now son-in-law, by his side. Jean Valjean is an incredible character. He starts out as this harsh, angry, and hateful man and turns into this compassionate, loving, and caring man. Becoming a father to Cosette was such an important to his journey. One word for his journey: redemption. Valjean’s journey is a huge reason why I love Les Misérables.

Who is Annie?

Annie is another special musical character of my life. She is a musical character that has been part of my life since elementary school. To me, Annie represents optimism and that is a huge reason why I love her. As a child, I was optimistic, and I think that is why I was drawn to her. Annie is an orphan, and despite being in an orphanage run by an abusive headmaster, Annie never loses hope. Annie isn’t just optimistic. She is also caring and she shows that through how she cares about Molly, one of the youngest orphans. She is even compassionate, and that is shown when she runs into Sandy. Even though Sandy is a stray, she basically takes him in even though she is just a child. She sneaks out of the orphanage on multiple occasions, and that is how she met Sandy.

Soon enough, she is taken out of the orphanage to spend a week with Daddy Warbucks. She brings hope to the country as well when she meets President Roosevelt. Her famous song, “Tomorrow”, shows just how optimistic she is. At the end, she ends up being adopted by Daddy Warbucks. So Annie is just a caring, compassionate, and optimistic girl. She is a character I have loved for several years, and that is a big reason why she is very meaningful to me.

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Who is Maria (Sound of Music)?

This is Maria from Sound of Music. She is one of the earliest musical theatre characters I was introduced to. When you first meet Maria, you realize that she is strongly connected to nature and that she loves to sing. You also learn that she is training to be a nun. But things do not come as planned. Maria is not a very good trainee and mother abbess think it is a good idea for Maria to become governess to this Captain’s seven children. Well Maria does not like this idea one bit.

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However, Maria decides to become the governess even though she would rather not. She comes to the house and realizes that in fact the Captain is in fact strict. She does not follow his rules, and decides to go by how she thinks a governess should be. The children do not warm up to her right away. The children always have played tricks on their governesses and do those tricks on Maria. As time goes by, the children warm up to her as they get to know her. They love her more once she teaches them to sing bringing more happiness into their life. Maria is very gentle and loving around the house. The Captain gets angry at her a couple of time and at one point almost sends her back to the abbey, but ultimately doesn’t after hearing his children sing and finds happiness and music back in his house.

So Maria a kind-hearted, gentle and loving woman.

Who is Jack Kelly?

Jack Kelly is the protagonist of Newsies. He is the leader of the Manhattan Newsies. He is protective of the Newsies especially Crutchie. Jack is a dreamer and a romantic. Jack dreams of going to Santa Fe. Jack knows how to draw and paint. Eventually Jack  goes through goes through inner conflict. Jack did not just lead the strike because in addition, he fell in love with Katherine.

The inner conflict happened after “Seize the Day”. The Newsies and people fights police and others. Jack watches all of this happening. He watches Crutchie being arrested, and going to go to the Refuge. He cares a lot more about his brothers much more than the strike. He soon did not give up on his strike in the end. Jack is a character who strongly cares about his brothers more than the cause.

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