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The 'Beauty' of returning home

Former Costa Mesa resident comes to OCPAC as Maurice, Belle's inventor father.

November 11, 2010|By Candice Baker

"I wake up every day thinking I'm an incredibly fortunate person to be working in a career that I love, in this economy, and to be working for a company that's really looking out for me," he said. "We went to Hawaii for three weeks. We performed for two of them, and then had a free week. We spent two weeks in San Francisco, and two weeks in Chicago. It's an incredible, incredible experience to see places that I haven't seen before — and places I might not ever have seen in the future, like the Finger Lakes of New York state. This tour has opened my eyes to places where I might have resisted going to, so I'm incredibly thankful for that — and they treat us so well on the tour. This experience has given me a passport to my country, and I'm grateful for it."

Spencer said he sometimes thinks back to a small production of "Beauty and the Beast" that opened at Disneyland the year after the film's release, and saw more than 4,000 performances.

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"I remember how hugely popular it was," he said. "To think that this whole musical kind of came from that 25- to 30-minute production in the Park. It feels like, even though I wasn't directly involved, it was part of my history."

If You Go

What: "Beauty and the Beast"

When: Nov. 16 to 21

Where: Segerstrom Hall, Orange County Performing Arts Center, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa

Cost: $20 and up

Information: ocpac.org

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