"Returning hurt for hurt never helped anybody," young Bonnie said. 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 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.
RIGOLETTO is a musical family drama that blends THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST into a moving parable of acceptance and personal transformation. To save her family home in the Depression-era hamlet of Castle Gate, teenaged Bonnie Nelson (Ivey Lloyd) goes to work in the mansion of wealthy, mean-spirited, and physically disfigured tycoon Ribaldi (Joseph Paur). When the aspiring singer discovers that her new employer is an accomplished musician, they embark upon a musical partnership that softens Ribaldi's hardened heart and teaches Bonnie a lesson about small-town prejudice.