I (Roy) played Lumière, the very-French candlestick in this production. Joe White played Cogsworth, the stuffy British clock. This has been my favorite role so far. It was hard to imagine how I could step-up from playing Harold Hill, but the answer is by playing a cartoon character with gadget hands and a French accent.
Here's my account of the show.
A little clip on YouTube.
Well, yeah. Holding up those candle-hands gets tiresome. Not to mention that they were always blocking someone's face. Moving them around helped alleviate the strain on the shoulders.
The candles consist of two light bulbs, a small fan, and some fabric. The light on the blowing fabric looks like flame. There are switches in the handles, and wires run down my sleeves to a battery pack under my arm.
I've always done accents. It's a gift, I guess. Having an accent to do helps me a lot in getting into character. Lumière was pretty much fully formed in my head as soon as I started reading lines with the accent.
I probably picked up my French accent from Pepe LePew and the cartoon version of Lumière. Maybe a little Inspector Clousseau.
These are mostly castle scene pictures. Lots of things just didn't get shot. Sorry.