Friday, June 12, 2020

Beauty and the Beast

by Maxine "Max" Englebright of Perils and Lace by Gayle Leeson

Hello, darlings! I hope you're having a pleasant day and that you don't find being addressed by a ghost too terribly jarring. I'm generally not a spooky ghost, although I can get a little woo-woo if I put my mind to it. Like in the case of that Jezebel who's trying to steal Amanda's boyfriend away...

But I won't go into that right now because I'm here to tell you how delighted I was with the high school production of Beauty and the Beast. Since I died in 1930, I hadn't seen the animated movie--or much else, for that matter--so Amanda introduced me to the film when she began working on Winter Garden's production of the play. It saved her from having to answer a lot of questions from me, I suppose, such as, "Why in the world are you trying to make a footstool costume?" She actually did that, though--with the help of Frank Peterman, who also works here at Shops on Main--and that costume was absolutely adorable.

And there I go getting off topic again. I thought the animated movie was fantastic, but thanks to something called live streaming, Amanda made it possible for me to watch the play on opening night. It was amazing! How well these children could sing and act and dance! They were the elephant's eyebrows, that's for sure.

So, how about you? Have you seen Beauty and the Beast? In which form(s)? Prior to starting work on the costumes, Amanda Googled "High School Production of Beauty and the Beast" and she found a fabulous full-length production. I believe watching it helped the set designers too.

What other productions would you suggest for a Ghostly Fashionista?


What if you discovered your lively new friend wasn't really...alive?

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When Amanda decides to lease a space in historic Abingdon, Virginia's Shops On Main, she's surprised to learn that she has a resident ghost. But soon Maxine "Max", a young woman who died in 1930, isn't the only dead person at the retail complex. Mark, a web designer who rented space at Shops On Main, is shot in his office.

Amanda is afraid that one of her new "friends" is a killer, and Max is encouraging her to solve Mark's murder a la Nancy Drew. Easy for Max to want to investigate--she can't end up the killer's next victim!

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A murderer outwitting a quirky flapper ghost? Seams unlikely!

Budding retro fashion designer and entrepreneur Amanda Tucker is thrilled about making costumes for Winter Garden High School’s production of Beauty and the Beast. But when the play’s director Sandra Kelly is poisoned, Amanda realizes there’s a murderer in their midst. She’s determined to keep herself and the students safe, so when her ghostly fashionista friend Max suggests they investigate, Amanda rolls up her sleeves and prepares to follow the deadly pattern…

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