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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.


"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


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