“Returning hurt for hurt never helped anybody,” young Bonnie says. But what is she to make of the hurtful Ribaldi who has moved into Castle Gate and threatened to evict her family? When she goes to work in his mysterious old mansion, she helps him see that the ugliness he holds inside is far worse than his hideous appearance. And she soon sees that this “beast ” is a master singer and teacher who can help her unlock the beauty of her own voice. As Ribaldi teaches Bonnie to sing, her kindness melts the ice around his heart to reveal goodness and a rare wisdom that has been buried for years. Although the children of the town discover his beautiful soul, some of their parents allow ugly rumors to fuel the fires of their hate. Don’t miss the stirring finish as this musical masterpiece builds to a crescendo.
If you enjoyed “Beauty and the Beast” or the “Phantom of the Opera” you will enjoy this film. The music is fantastic. The story shows you that you can’t judge people by what they look like on the outside and that people can change on the inside with a little kindness. As the saying goes, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”