While stacking "Beauty and the Beast" dolls, board games and Christmas ornaments on shelves at the Disneyland Emporium back in 1991, Christopher Spencer had no idea what his future held.
Today, he is touring the country as Maurice, Belle's inventor father, in the national tour of "Beauty and the Beast" — now one of the longest-running musicals in history. It is set to arrive Tuesday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center.
"We've played some incredible venues, but OCPAC is the one I've been waiting for," Spencer said. "Having grown up in Santa Ana, I think I was just out of high school when they built OCPAC. It just means a lot to me to be performing at that location. I want the people whom I care about so much to be proud of me, proud of my work and proud of my production."
Spencer said he loves meet-and-greets with audiences at the stage door after shows, and encouraged fans of the musical to stop by and say hello after the show.