November 27, 2001
NORTHAMPTON, Mass.-Richard White, familiar
to audiences as the voice of the villain "Gaston" in
Disney's critically acclaimed animated feature film "Beauty
and the Beast," will give a behind-the-scenes glimpse into
the production of the movie at 4:15 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 3, in
Earle Recital Hall, Sage Hall. The event is free, open to the
public and wheelchair-accessible.
Active on and off Broadway and around
the country, White is equally at home in musicals, stage plays,
daytime television dramas and on the concert stage. After his
Broadway debut in "The Most Happy Fella," he starred
in revivals of the musical theater classics "The King and
I," "Brigadoon" and "South Pacific"
as well as three new musicals-"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,"
the country/western "Texas Flyer" and the swashbuckling
production of "Zorro."
He has toured nationally with Robert
Goulet in "Camelot" and, at the invitation of Beverly
Sills, performed in lead roles in several New York City Opera
productions, including "The New Moon" and "The
Television audiences have seen him
in various telecasts on PBS's Great Performances series. Soap
fans will remember him as "Calvin" on "One Life
to Live" and as "Albert" on "Guiding Light."
White's visit to Smith College is sponsored by the departments of theatre and music, the programs of American and film studies, and the Smith College Lecture Funds.