EMuck--Richard White (Broadway Actor and Voice of "Gaston") Invited Talk Transcript

Richard White/Gaston This is a transcript of a special invited talk with Mr. Richard White, Gaston in Disney's award-winning animated motion picture Beauty and the Beast. The chat occurred on Saturday 22 November 1997 at 10 PM U.S. CST (GMT -0500) at the Arbordale Auditorium on AmberThree Productions' EntertainMuck.

This transcript logs only the questions asked to Mr. White (RichardWhite), comments from moderator Rich "Mickey" Koster, and assorted opening and closing comments. Audience comments during the talk are not generally included.

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The Arbordale Auditorium
This large auditorium has room for everyone on EMuck and is where special chat
events with celebrity guests take place.
Current Topic:          Disney voice artist Richard White
Current Moderator:      Mickey
Current Guest Speaker:  RichardWhite(Gaston in Beauty & the Beast)
Chat on Saturday, Nov. 22, starting at 8 PM Pacific / 11 pm Eastern / 10 pm
Central Standard Time (GMT -0600) with Mr. Richard "Gaston" White.
To ask a question of anyone at the podium, enter 'request' (without quotes) and
wait to be prompted to enter your question.  Questions will be asked in the
order they were asked.  Anyone at the podium cannot hear what is said in this
room, so use the 'request' feature.
 Doorway to the [Podium], Mickey's Cyber Diner [MCD], Arbordale [C]enter

Double_D waves a "Gaston 3:16" sign.
Double_D asks, "Did Richard have problems connecting, Mickey?" 
Mickey says, "Yes, but they've been worked out"
Mickey says, "He connected last night successfully"
Rufus exclaims, "He's here!" 
Mickey vanishes in a puff of smoke to the Welcome Center Lounge.
RichardWhite comes in from Mickey's Cyber Diner and takes a seat near you.
Mickey comes in from Mickey's Cyber Diner and takes a seat near you.
Ferrat takes Rufus's unoccupied seat.
Rufus comes in from Mickey's Cyber Diner and takes a seat near you.
p.Watson comes in from Mickey's Cyber Diner and takes a seat near you.
Dr.Hutchinson waves to Watson.
Double_D exclaims, "Hello there!" 
Mickey says, "Make room for Richard White, folks!"
Ferrat exclaims, "Haha!  I gotcher seat Roofy! ;)" 
Mickey says, "We're heading up on stage."
Mickey grins
Double_D waves his "Gaston 3:16" sign.
Ferrat says, "Everyone's crowding around me, don't worry ;p" 
Rufus sits in his regular seat.  Right on top of Ferrat.
RichardWhite bows, grins and summersaults
Dr.Hutchinson smiles
RichardWhite says, "Dr. Hutchinson, you must introduce me to Ferrat."
Mickey giggles
Phil asks, "Wow, hey, can I train you to be a hero?" 
Mickey wiggles his nose and loudly exclaims, "He already is a hero to some,
RichardWhite says, "What's this?  Belle's here?  Mickey!! You didn't tell
me Belle would be here!!"
Mickey says, "Richard, enter PODIUM now"
MuSE wows..
RichardWhite goes through the door up to the stage and gets behind the podium.
Phil says, "Mick, stop the nose-wiggling. You got a cold? =;o)" 
ANNOUNCE> (Mickey) The chat with Richard White begins in about 8 minutes
Go to the Arbordale Auditorium now!
You head through the door and wind up at...
Center Stage: The Podium (Arbordale Auditorium)
You are at the podium onstage.  Anything you say or do (SAY, ", POSE, :)
will be seen by all in the Arbordale Auditorium.
Current moderator:  Mickey
Current topic:      Disney voice artist Richard White
Current speaker:    RichardWhite(Gaston in Beauty & the Beast)
Mickey comes onstage from the Auditorium.
>< Mickey says, "Richard, good to see you."
>< RichardWhite says, "Hi, Mickey.  Finally made it!"
>< Mickey is so glad!
>< RichardWhite says, "Mickey, am I here, after all?"
>< Mickey says, "Yup! You are actually here!"
ANNOUNCE> (Mickey) You can get to the Arbordale Auditorium, folks, by
entering 'run welcome;chat;a'. Once there, leave a question for Richard
White, voice of Gaston, by entering REQUEST and then wait to be prompted
to enter your question.
ANNOUNCE> (Mickey) The chat with Richard White, Gaston in Beauty and the
Beast, begins in about 4 minutes! Come to the Arbordale Auditorium now
(run welcome;chat;a) and help celebrate this anniversary of the movie!
>< Mickey hands Richard a mouse-ke-cola
>< RichardWhite says, "Mickey, thanks for the Mouse-ke-cola"
>< Mickey grins
ANNOUNCE> (Mickey) The Chat with Richard "Gaston" White begins in a
minute! Come into the Arbordale Auditorium now to see it and participate.
Enter 'run welcome;chat;a' to get here.
Mickey adjusts his mouse-eared moderator hat and prepares to start
tonight's chat session.
>< Mickey says, "AmberThree Productions and the FANtasEARS Disney Fan Club are
proud to present the ninth in our series of Special Invited Talks with our
special guest, Mr. Richard White."
>< Mickey says, "Richard is the star of stage and screen, with roles in many
Broadway musicals to his credit."
>< Mickey says, "He is well known for his performance as the villain Gaston in
Disney's award-winning animated feature "Beauty and the Beast," which
celebrates its 6th anniversary today."
>< Mickey says, "That critically acclaimed animated feature film was nominated
for six Academy Awards including Best Picture, the first ever for an animated
>< Mickey says, "It also won the prestigious Best Picture Golden Globe Award.
It is still setting records on video."
>< Mickey says, "Richard has a Platinum record for over 1,000,000 copies of
the soundtrack album sold, a Grammy Award, and he sang on the 64th Annual
Academy Awards telecast."
>< Mickey says, "Richard, thanks for joining us this evening!"
>< RichardWhite says, "Thank you, Mickey, for all the nice words.  Its nice to
be here!  This is an amazing place!"
>< Mickey bows and adds more ice to Richard's Mouse-ke-cola... Walt won't
miss it.
>< RichardWhite nods gratefully!
>< Mickey says, "Let's give a big EMuck welcome to Richard White!"
>< Mickey says, "And to all of you out there in the Arbordale Auditorium,
thank you all for joining us, too.  "
>< Mickey says, "Now, we can't hear you while we're up on stage at the podium,
so that is why there is the REQUEST feature in the auditorium..."
>< Mickey says, "To leave a question, just enter the word REQUEST and wait to
be prompted to enter one line for your question."
>< Mickey says, "Note, it is possible to enter a question that is longer than
80 characters, in this way:"
>< Mickey says, "If your question is longer than one line, just keep typing
before you hit your <Return> key."
>< Mickey says, "Also, we'll present the questions in the order they were left
in the REQUEST queue, so please be patient."
>< Mickey says, "If there is a need for a follow-up question to an answer just
do PAGE MICKEY=MyMessageHere and I'll pass it on to Richard White."
>< Mickey says, "Transcripts of tonight's chat will be available at EMuck's
web site and ftp site in a few days.  We'll announce when the transcripts are
>< RichardWhite says, "First of all, my thanks to Double D for his Gaston 3:16
>< Mickey says, "We have a lot of questions lined up, so let's get right to
the first one...""

>< First question:
>< (Mickey) Is every last inch of you really covered with hair?  If so, how
much does your barber charge for a haircut?  ;-)

>< Mickey grins
>< Mickey says, "Richard, the question basically is how similar you are to the
character Gaston..."
>< RichardWhite says, "Funny you should ask.  If you knew how many memos went
back and forth trying to figure out what that hair should look like."
>< RichardWhite says, "They took a lot of pictures while we were auditioning."
>< RichardWhite says, "Gaston also went through a lot of metamorphosis during
the creation of the film.  He ended up with a lot of me in him."

>< Next question:
>< (Double_D) How were you approached with the role of Gaston from Disney?

>< RichardWhite says, "It was what we call an agents call.  That is to say an
open audition."
>< RichardWhite says, "Everyone and his uncle auditioned for the role!"
>< Mickey says, "Was it your first film role?"
>< RichardWhite says, "It was my first feature film role.  I had done some TV

>< Next question:
>< (Double_D) Did you work with the animators or the writers when it came to
developing the character of Gaston?  Did you work with Andreas Deja?

>< RichardWhite says, "Actually, quite a bit.  It was an amazingly cooperative
>< RichardWhite says, "The character underwent a lot of changes, both
physically and in other ways."
>< RichardWhite says, "I think the Disney people were concerned about
portraying a villain as an attractive character."
>< Mickey says, "Do you remember some of the things you suggested Gaston
should be, and can you share them with us?  What kind of changes did Gaston
>< RichardWhite says, "Originally he was much more Brutish.  Looked rather
like Bluto.  We got him much more beautiful."
>< Mickey says, "The Gaston laugh is rather unique. Was that something you
came up with, Richard?"
>< RichardWhite says, "Absolutely!  Nothing like mine at all.  Uniquely
>< RichardWhite grins sheepishly
>< Mickey says, "Sure does seem to fit him. :-)"
>< RichardWhite says, "Thanks!"
>< Mickey says, "Here's the next question."

>< Next question:
>< (Double_D) Did you ever think that BatB would be such a huge hit?  What was
your reaction when the film was given the Best Picture nomination?

>< RichardWhite says, "We were ecstatic!  Never before or since had an
animated film been given the nod for Best Film"
>< RichardWhite says, "We did know that Disney approached these films with
great respect.  You sort of had the feeling that you were working on a classic
in the making"
>< RichardWhite says, "Very exciting, indeed"
>< Mickey says, "I think it is something Walt would have been proud to call a
masterpiece, by the way."
>< RichardWhite says, "Thanks, Mickey.  I really am very proud of the film.  "
>< Mickey says, "Did you grow up watching Walt Disney on television?"
>< RichardWhite says, "Of course.  Didn't we all.  It was a major part of the
week on Sunday night"
>< Mickey says, "OK, let's go back to the questions in the queue.  Sorry for
stepping in with my own, folks!"
>< Mickey smiles

>< Next question:
>< (Tahamaki) In order to do the lines for Gaston, did you feel like you had
to physically become the character?

>< RichardWhite says, "I'd say no, but looking back at the sessions I have to
admit I did bluster and strut."
>< RichardWhite says, "By the way and apropros of a previous question, do
folks know that the sessions are filmed?"
>< Mickey says, "All of them?"
>< RichardWhite says, "Yep.  That way the animators can watch the performers
and capture more effectively the expressions"
>< Mickey says, "Do you recognize some of your physical acting in how the
animators chose to portray Gaston, similar to how you read the lines?"
>< RichardWhite says, "I must tell you, there are things Gaston does that I
have only seen in the mirror or in my daughter's face.  An amazing testament
to the animator's art... especially Andreas's."
>< Mickey grins and claps for both Richard and Andreas.

>< Next question:
>< (Sherlock) Do you "get into" an animated role like actors can in a live
action part?

>< RichardWhite says, "If I understand your question, then I'd say sure.  As I
said, we strut and fume and generally have a ball in the sessions."

>< Next question:
>< (JiminyCricket) Of all the musicals you've played, which are your favorite
role and favorite song?

>< RichardWhite says, "My general answer is--Whichever one I'm doing...but the
Yeston/Kopit Phantom and Billy Bigelow have to be special.  There's a new
one--Jeckyl and Hyde (not the B'way one) that's great, too."
>< Mickey says, "Follow-up from JiminyCricket... What's your favorite song
from the roles you've portrayed?"
>< RichardWhite says, "That's a really tough one, Jiminy... The soliloquy from

>< Next question:
>< (Esmeralda) What was the most fulfilling part of working on a Disney
animated feature?

>< RichardWhite says, "Watching the face of my daughter (about 6 years old at
the time) when the film was first shown at the NY film festival."

>< Next question:
>< (Mickey) Which do you prefer... acting on stage or in animated feature
movies? Would you like to do another role for Disney?

>< RichardWhite says, "I'd love to do another animated feature!  Disney is a
little protective of the vocal sounds of their characters.  The really
distinctive ones are hard to re-use.  "
>< Mickey waves to Richard's agent in the audience.
>< RichardWhite says, "Hi, to my agent!"
>< Mickey says, "Did you like working as Gaston better than acting on stage?"
>< RichardWhite says, "They offer different satisfactions!"
>< Mickey says, "Good answer. :-)"
>< RichardWhite says, "Doing Gaston was like nothing I'd ever done before."
>< RichardWhite says, "So is acting on stage."
>< RichardWhite says, "I'd never give up one for the other!"
>< Mickey says, "I've gotta ask you... do you really use antlers in all of
your decorating?"
>< Mickey winks
>< RichardWhite says, "Most of it"
>< RichardWhite winks back
>< RichardWhite says, "Only Mickey's ears could be in danger, and I promise to
>< Mickey says, "Heh-heh!!   Speaking of ears... Phil asks a follow-up to my
question and wants to know... since Gaston bites in wrestling matches, did you
give any pointers to Mike Tyson?"
>< Mickey is all ears and is worried about that.
>< RichardWhite says, "I pointed to the ref and screamed, "Did you see that?""
>< Mickey giggles

>< Next question:
>< (MuSE) Did you find it challenging to act with just your voice when you
were doing Beauty and the Beast?

>< RichardWhite says, "Doing an animated feature is really like an actor's
sand-box.  Using only your voice makes it more fun!"
>< Mickey says, "OK, next question... from the queue line"

>< Next question:
>< (Mickey) Do you prefer playing villains or good guys?

>< Mickey says, "Gosh! It was my question anyway. ;-)"
>< RichardWhite says, "Villains are sometimes more fun, cause they're less
inhibited.  The trick is to find what you like about them."
>< Mickey says, "Follow-up from Rufus... What did you find to like about the
villain Gaston?"
>< RichardWhite says, "Any character who is as in love with himself as Gaston
has to be loveable.  He really is the best at everything.  And he loves that!"
>< RichardWhite says, "I really got into that quality of him."

>< Next question:
>< (Sherlock) Since you do work in voice characterizations, have you done any
any books-on-tape sort of work?

>< RichardWhite says, "Not yet, but I'd love to.  Mostly I've been either in
shows or in concert, though"

>< Next question:
>< (Esmeralda) Has your life changed since being in a Disney film?  How?

>< RichardWhite says, "Probably.  For example, you all wouldn't be here if I
hadn't done the film."
>< RichardWhite says, "I suppose there have been offers that might not have
been made otherwise."
>< RichardWhite says, "It really is less obvious than you might think."

>< Next question:
>< (Mickey) Which of the other voice actors did you record with, or did you do
all of your work for BatB alone?

>< RichardWhite says, "Disney generally has the actors work alone, but I had
the chance to work with Paige and Jessie on several occasions."
>< Mickey says, "Paige O'Hara, the lovely Belle.  Jessie is Lafou?"
>< RichardWhite says, "Yep. I also worked with Jerry Orbach and Angela
Lansbury when we were in musical sessions."
>< Mickey says, "Follow-up from Sherlock: How can you get the feel of the
scene while acting alone?"
>< RichardWhite says, "You have the freedom to go wherever your imagination
leads you.  Then they go back and forth to the other actors to make all the
best ideas fit together"
>< RichardWhite says, "It takes a while.  I worked on the film for about two
and a half years"

>< Next question:
>< (Esmeralda) What other projects have you worked on/are you working on?

>< Mickey says, "There was quite an extensive list of roles you've had, in the
announcement we posted about this chat. You are quite prolific as well as
talented, Richard!"
>< RichardWhite says, "I'm doing a lot of concert work.  I'm also starting
work on a new Musical, "The betrayal of Nora Blake."  Fun"
>< Mickey says, "When you recorded for so long, did you redo any of the
scenes, doing them many different ways?"
>< RichardWhite says, "Absolutely!  At each session, each line would be done
many times.  Then if someone had a good idea it would all be done again."
>< RichardWhite says, "Very collaborative and great fun"

>< Next question:
>< (Rufus) If you could have any role in any play or musical that you
*haven't* yet done, what would it be?

>< RichardWhite says, "I'm looking forward to growing into roles like "The
Music Man" and "Man of La Mancia""

>< Next question:
>< (Dr.Hutchinson) How did Gaston's personality develop (like, was he a
semi-decent guy at first)?

>< RichardWhite says, "Not at all!  He was totally dispicable.  We had to try
to find some redeeming characteristics so the townsfolk weren't fools for
liking him."

>< Next question:
>< (Belle) How different did you feel the voice acting process is from
performing on stage since they both involve using/projecting your voice more
than, say, acting for a film might.

>< RichardWhite says, "Actually I think it just concentrates your vocal
process.  On stage you need the vocal projection.  In a film you need the same
quality of characterization, if less projection."

>< Next question:
>< (CzarJim) In addition to the recording sessions, did the animators ask you 
to act other scenes for them?

>< Mickey says, "CzarJim, what do you mean.... other than scenes from Beauty
and the Beast?"
>< Mickey says, "OK, here's what he meant..."
>< Mickey says, "Did they ask you to physically act out scenes, away from
the microphones, to get the full physical range of the character?"
>< RichardWhite says, "No, not physically, other than the filming.  They did
hire other actors to do physical stunts, etc. so they could draw them more
>< RichardWhite says, "Mickey, there is someone who needs to be remembered
when we talk about B&B...Howard Ashman."
>< Mickey says, "That's very true, Richard.  Tell us about what it was like
working with Howard Ashman on the movie."
>< RichardWhite says, "Howard really was the genius behind Disney's revival of
the artform of animated musical film."
>< RichardWhite says, "He fought Jeffrey Katzenberg time and again to maintain
his vision, and Jeffrey had the good sense to let him win."
>< Mickey says, "Before Beauty and the Beast there was The Little Mermaid and
The Rescuers Down Under.  Did you see any of them prior to getting the role as
Gaston, and did either of those movies influence your decision to try for the
role in BatB?"
>< RichardWhite says, "I did see them both.  And they only made me that much
happier to have been cast.  Honestly, I would have tried for the role
>< RichardWhite says, "Don't forget I have a daughter.  Of course I saw them."
>< Mickey grins
>< RichardWhite says, "When I saw Alan Menken for the musical sessions, I told
him I didn't know whether to curse him or thank him since I had been hearing
Ariel sing in my ear for months"
>< RichardWhite says, "He told me he too had been suffering, as his daughters
were about the same age"
>< Mickey says, "If you could convince Disney today to let you start acting in
another Disney role for an animated feature, what would it be?"
>< Mickey says, "Would you like another role like Gaston, or something
completely different?"
>< RichardWhite says, "I always like doing something different."
>< RichardWhite says, "I really don't know what I'd like next."
>< Mickey says, "Disney, make him an offer!"
>< Mickey grins
>< RichardWhite grins!
>< Mickey says, "JiminyCricket follows-up, wondering what Disney role you
would like to have done that others have already done -- if you could have
been the one to first portray that role instead?"
>< RichardWhite says, "I think lately Disney has done better by their women
than their men.  Pocohontas, Esmerelda.  Hercules was less interesting to me."
>< RichardWhite says, "I give up.  What would you suggest?" 
>< Mickey says, "Well, would you have liked to be Mickey? ;-)"
>< RichardWhite says, "N oone could possibly do him justice, but you!"
>< Mickey says, "Gosh!  Thanks."

>< Next question:
>< (Angela) Nice to meet you!  Have you ever been asked to play Gaston on
Broadway?  Would you want to?

>< RichardWhite says, "It's funny.  None of us really wanted to do Broadway. 
We worked so hard to breathe dimension into our characters that to try to
recreate a two dimensional film would have been anticlimatic"

>< Next question:
>< (CzarJim) Do you record with the orchestra, or are the vocal tracks done

>< RichardWhite says, "Both!  We put down the vocals with the orchestra, and
then went back separately when there were problems."
>< Mickey says, "Problems?"
>< RichardWhite says, "You know, somebody dropped a cup.  Someone missed a
lyric.  That sort of thing."
>< Mickey drops his Mouse-ke-cola by mistake and blushes.
>< Mickey says, "uh-oh"

>< Next question:
>< (Phil) How can you read this stuff? It has no pictures!

>< Mickey grins
>< Mickey says, "Good one, Phil!"
>< RichardWhite says, "Yours has no pictures?"
>< Mickey says, "Dang! I knew I shoulda upgraded my computer"
>< RichardWhite says, "You tell me?!"
>< Mickey has a picture of Belle as a mermaid he could show you...
>< Mickey winks
>< RichardWhite says, "I've seen it already.  I've also had the good luck to
work with Jodi Benson many times!"
>< Mickey says, "Richard, what other things do you remember about working with
Howard Ashman?"
>< RichardWhite says, "Howard really was responsible for casting the films as
though they were Broadway shows.  To that end he wanted Broadway actors who
knew how to develop and portray three dimensional characters.  I think it
shows in the end result"
>< Mickey says, "Sure does"
>< RichardWhite says, "and I think the films after he was gone suffer for the
lack of him."
>< Mickey agrees, and greatly misses the genius of Howard Ashman's work
>< RichardWhite says, "I don't say that to denigrate the more recent films,
only to point out how wonderful his work really was"

>< Next question:
>< (Phil) Do you think the enchanted Christmas would have been better with
Gaston? =;o)

>< RichardWhite says, "But of course!!  Remember, you never saw Gaston's body.
I'm not sure he didn't survive that fall!"

>< Next question:
>< (Rufus) Have you seen BatB on Broadway?  What do you think of it?

>< RichardWhite says, "I did.  I wasn't all that interested.  As I said, we
tried to make the animated characters three dimensional.  On Broadway they try
to be cartoons.  Lots of gunpowder, though."
>< RichardWhite says, "Perhaps I have overstated it.  The audiences love the
>< Mickey says, "Each is a unique experience. There's no way to duplicate
either in those two different mediums"
>< RichardWhite says, "Very true"

>< Next question:
>< (Double_D) Le Fou is asking me if you would like more beer?

>< RichardWhite says, "What's the use?"
>< Mickey grins
>< RichardWhite winks
>< Mickey says, "And you better not do that at the Magic Kingdom!"
>< RichardWhite says, "Actually the Magic Kingdom has pretty good beer, too."

>< Next question:
>< (Phil) Will you propose to Belle afterwards? =:o)

>< RichardWhite says, "Propose what?  After what?"
>< Mickey says, "Phil was referring to a fanfic story about Gaston's Ghost
when he asked if Gaston would propose to Belle, I guess after his death. Do
you think he would and do you think he died?"
>< RichardWhite says, "I can't possibly believe such a great character could
just die...As for the proposal,  I don't think Gaston really thinks its
necessary.  Belle just has to come to her senses."
>< Mickey says, "We've got one more question..."

>< Next question:
>< (Juliet) I've heard that voices are recorded long before the drawing. How
do you get the feel of what you're character is supposed to be doing?

>< RichardWhite says, "Although the voices are recorded first, the artists
then go to work.  When they draw themselves into a corner, they come back to
the voices and you re-record.  As I said it is a very collaborative process."
>< Mickey says, "Richard, we have a couple of surprises for you, if you can
stay around just a few more minutes...  Is that all right?"
>< RichardWhite says, "Sure"
>< Mickey says, "First of all, here's someone you "know"..."
Belle comes onstage from the Auditorium.
>< Belle says, "hi there!"
>< Mickey says, "Belle!"
>< RichardWhite blushes deeply
Belle puts Plush Beast down.  Plush Beast looks about and starts
exploring his new environment.
>< Belle looks around for Beast, doesn't see him here, and gives Richard White
a sloppy wet kiss.
>< Mickey says, "Heh-heh!"
>< Belle says, "Thank you for coming to speak with us!"
Plush Beast eeps a plush eep!
>< RichardWhite blushes even more deeply.
>< RichardWhite says, "Thank YOU!!"
>< Mickey says, "Yes, thank you very much, Richard"
>< Belle says, "Plush Beast also says hi in his own way."
Plush Beast eeps an excited plush eep!
>< RichardWhite says, "eep, eep"
>< Mickey says, "Tonight Mary Kay Bergman was trying to come on and surprise
you, too..."
>< Mickey says, "She was two of the silly girls in the movie."
>< Mickey says, "Did you ever meet her?"
>< RichardWhite says, "Nope.  Is it too late?"
>< Mickey grins
>< Mickey says, "Well, she wasn't able to show up... maybe she had the same
problems you first did with connecting"
>< Belle smiles.
>< Mickey says, "Also, Phil in the audience will have a present for you, when
we go down there."
>< RichardWhite smiles and blushes once more
>< Belle says, "On behalf of AmberThree Productions, please give a big hand
for Richard White!"
>< Mickey claps loudly!
>< RichardWhite waves
>< Mickey says, "Belle, do you have an announcement about transcripts?"
>< Belle says, "Yes.  Transcripts will be available in a few days, from
the usual EMuck ftp and web sites.  See 'news' for when it's out."
>< RichardWhite smiles, trips over his cape and falls down
>< Mickey says, "Richard, please join us in going into the audience, to meet
your fans!"
RichardWhite leaves the podium and heads through the door to the
Arbordale Auditorium.
Mickey leaves the podium and heads through the door to the Arbordale
Plush Beast leaves the podium and heads through the door to the Arbordale
Belle leaves the podium and heads through the door to the Arbordale Auditorium.
Meecelet leaves the podium and heads through the door to the Arbordale

The Arbordale Auditorium
This large auditorium has room for everyone on EMuck and is where special chat
events with celebrity guests take place.
Current Topic:          Disney voice artist Richard White
Current Moderator:      Mickey
Current Guest Speaker:  RichardWhite(Gaston in Beauty & the Beast)
Chat on Saturday, Nov. 22, starting at 8 PM Pacific / 11 pm Eastern / 10 pm
Central Standard Time (GMT -0600) with Mr. Richard "Gaston" White.
To ask a question of anyone at the podium, enter 'request' (without quotes) and
wait to be prompted to enter your question.  Questions will be asked in the
order they were asked.  Anyone at the podium cannot hear what is said in this
room, so use the 'request' feature.
 Doorway to the [Podium], Mickey's Cyber Diner [MCD], Arbordale [C]enter
 Air Whites, p.Nessus, Plush Beast
 Max, Phil, Rufus, Figaro, Juliet, :Timon:, Angela, Double_D, MuSE,
 JiminyCricket, RichardWhite, Mickey, Belle
Juliet applauds again!
Double_D says, "Thanks for coming." 
Plush Beast eeps a plush eep!
JiminyCricket claps with his front legs and chirps with his back.
Rufus applauds loudly.
Max waves to Richard.  "Thanks for the chat!"
Angela appluads!!
Max ah-hyucks goofily.
Phil says, "Yo, Rich. Air Whites! Have fun! Type 'look air whites' =:o)" 
Belle vanishes in a puff of smoke to the Welcome Center Lounge.
Double_D says, "Nice boots, Phil." 
Juliet giggles.
RichardWhite says, "Really, my pleasure.  Thanks for inviting me" 
Angela exclaims, "I'm the one who wrote the Gaston ghost story!" 
Rufus laces up the Air Whites, and feels like he is stomping around
wearing boots like Richard White...
Figaro says, "A very sleepy goodnite all" 
Phil says, "Oh, and you can 'lace' them up." 
Belle has arrived.
Belle runs up to you, her skirts blowing behind her.
Plush Beast eeps a plush eep.
MuSE says, "It was great of you to come Richard. It was neat - I really
enjoyed it!" 
Belle exclaims, "Yes, thank you!" 
Figaro has left.
RichardWhite laces up the Air Whites, and feels like he is stomping
around wearing boots like Richard White...
Belle laughs!
Mickey says, "That's an interesting picture!"
Plush Beast sniffs at the Air Whites and tries to take a plush bite out of one
of them, thinking they are edible.
RichardWhite exclaims, "Thanks Phil!" 
Double_D asks, "White boots?" 
Plush Beast growls a plush growl at not being able to eat the shoes.
Angela waves.  She's excited to meet an actor from her favorite Disney
animated movie!
Rufus exclaims, "White boots were good enough for Nancy Sinatra!" 
Mickey says, "Thank you so much for coming, and for putting up with all the
difficulties we went through in trying to get you online here, Richard.  You
are welcome to come back ANYTIME you want!"
MuSE loved B&tB best, too!
Belle exclaims, "yes!" 
Double_D says, "Yes, please." 
RichardWhite asks, "How else do you go a go-going?" 
Belle says, "well, Angela, as you know, we have Susan Egan coming on the 13th." 
Phil smiles. "Every guest gets SHOES. Even if they say my movie was
uninteresting.  =;o)"
Rufus nodnods.
MuSE jumps up and down!!
Angela shows off her Belle charm bracelet.
MuSE exclaims, "Yeah!" 
Double_D says, "Hmmm....." 
Mickey says, "Phil likes to make shoe presents.  Started with that Hercules
stuff. ;-)"
Angela can't wait to meet Susan Egan!!!!
JiminyCricket says, "Richard, thanks for coming.  You've been *very*
MuSE can't believe Susan Egan is coming online...
Phil says, "First one: Air Daves." 
Panic comes in from Mickey's Cyber Diner and takes a seat near you.
RichardWhite asks, "Belle's charm bracelet?" 
Angela exclaims, "same here!!" 
Double_D asks, "Can you get me a pair of those Air Daves, Phil?" 
Belle says, "well, believe it, Muse.  We had that one planned for a while :)" 
Mickey says, "Did you ever meet Susan Egan, Richard?"
Angela says, "A charm of Belle- I got it for my birthday." 
Phil says, "Sure, for 10 tix. I got to cover costs." 
Double_D says, "Expect payment later..." 
... much, much later.
RichardWhite says, "By the way, Susan Egan is a friend.  She's worked with my
wife.  When's she here?" 
Plush Beast eeps a plush eep.
MuSE gasps!
RichardWhite says, "eep" 
Mickey says, "She'll be chatting here Dec. 13, a Saturday"
Belle says, "13 December, 10 PM alia time (U.S. Central)" 
Phil asks, "You know Danny Devito? I want to get revenge on all the Meg 
lovers...whoops, did I say that?" 
Mickey says, "Well, well, well... I guess It's A Small World After All!"
RichardWhite groans
Belle says, "we'll add you to the EMuck membership list, Richard, so you'll
get a notice for future S.I.T.s (Special Invited Talks)" 
Belle asks, "what is your wife's name?" 
MuSE thinks Susan Egan is a sweet person...
Double_D says, "Belle White...hmm." 
Angela agrees
Mickey says, "Your wife is an actress?"
Juliet curtsies and has to leave. "Thank you for coming to speak. Mr. White."
Belle exclaims, "bye Juliet!" 
Juliet goes home.
Juliet has left.
p.Nessus kisses Rich.
Plush Beast eeps a plush eep!
Rufus asks, "Any relation to Snow?" 
RichardWhite says, "My wife is a choreographer, Sharon Halley" 
Angela giggles
MuSE groans now...
Belle says, "it IS a small world after all." 
Belle asks, "where did she work with Susan?" 
Watch those dolls go...
RichardWhite says, "I almost named my daughter "Snow"" 
Mickey smiles
Belle snirg!
Panic hears a whisper on the breeze that is calling him home...
Panic has left.
Rufus exclaims, "I bet she would have *loved* that as a teenager!" 
Plush Beast eeps a plush question at Richard White.
MuSE thinks it's a good thing you didn't... (for the chold's sake)
Mickey says, "My son's middle name is Colby. :-)" 
MuSE has left.
RichardWhite says, "Sharon worked with Susan in sacramento, a South Pacific,
if memory serves." 
Belle thinks Plush Beast wants to know if you would have tried to stab him if
he was in the movie instead of real Beast, Mr. White.
Double_D exclaims, "That's a cheesy name, Mickey!" 
MuSE comes in from Mickey's Cyber Diner and takes a seat near you.
Mickey bows
Phil plays his Syranix.
Belle notes that Plush Beast cannot talk "human speech" and doesn't know how
to work the REQUEST feature, since he is only a Plush.
Plush Beast eeps an emphatic plush eep!
Angela sings "Look there he goes, isn't he dreamy!  Monsier Gaston, Oh he's so
cute!  Be still, my heart, I'm hardly breathing!  He's such a tall dark strong
and handsome brute!"
Mickey works on making a plush button with REQUEST on it
Belle snirg!
Belle says, "cute, Angela.  :)" 
Mickey claps for Angela
Double_D says, "Good, Angela." 
RichardWhite says, "ain't it true" 
Angela grins
Mickey says, "Richard, now you know why we have it so no one onstage can hear
the audience during the chats. ;-)" 
MuSE exclaims, "Gaston, you're the greatest hunter in the whole world! No
Beast alive stands a chance against you -- and no girl for that matter!"" 
RichardWhite says, "Plush beast and Gaston could probably have deep
conversations together" 
Phil says, "Walk with the plushies talk with the plushies, grunt and squeak
and talk with the plushies..." 
Angela knows most of B&TB by heart!
o/~ Spam, spam, spam, wonderful spam!!!
Belle says, "We'll send you an unofficial transcript of everything in the
audience for your enjoyment later, Richard." 
MuSE grins at Angela...
Plush Beast eeps an excited plush eep!
Phil says, "Oh,  he'll love that. =;o)" 
RichardWhite says, "Oh, Phil...groan" 
Belle thinks Plush Beast would like Gaston as he might be able to eat some of
those half dozen eggs eaten every morning.
Phil says, "Merry christmas, Mr. White. =:o)" 
Mickey says, "And for the official transcript I'll clean up anything
spelled incorrectly, and out of order lines, plus you can make any other
revisions you'd like before we post the transcript, Richard." 
Plush Beast's plush ears perk up at the mention of food.
JiminyCricket asks, "That's five dozen eggs, Belle, but who's counting?" 
Angela says, "My Gaston ghost story is on a friend's web page if anyone is
RichardWhite says, "Thanks, Phil, you too." 
Plush Beast holds out his plush paws.
Mickey says, "The version of the transcript with the audience comments during
the chat doesn't get posted.  :-)" 
Rufus asks, "Really, Angela?  What's the URL?" 
Angela says, "http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Academy/7091/index.html" 
Angela says, "it's under creative collections" 
Double_D exclaims, "Good thing too!" 
Phil says, "I am counting...I asked my father how many eggs Gaston eats in the
morning, and he missed it. =;o)" 
MuSE wonders what comments she made during the chat...
Plush Beast licks his plush lips and hopes for an egg to eat.
Double_D waves his hand and makes an egg appear.
Phil says, "I prefer eating shoes myself." 
RichardWhite says, "There is a lovely lady who is updating and relocating a
web page for me, too.  She asks that email be sent to KAAZMW@[...]" 
Plush Beast holds out his plush paws and reaches for the egg.
Mickey says, "You are inviting e-mail from all your fans to be sent to
KAAZMW@[...], Richard?" 
RichardWhite says, "That's what she said..." 
Double_D says, "It's hard-boiled, fortunately." 
Mickey says, "Richard, I'm so sorry you had problems getting things set up,
and then you had a bad connection tonight that was slowing things down so
much.  That was the first slowdown we've ever had like that with a special
Double_D gives the egg to PB.
Belle reminds Plush Beast to eat with manners or he will get himself dirty and
have to take the dreaded bath.
Plush Beast sits down on his plush bottom to eat the egg.
Lips exclaims, "Not the bath!"
Belle says, "you're right, Richard, Plush Beast and Gaston would get along
RichardWhite says, "I'm just glad when I reconnected it seemed to work out." 
Rufus says, "Don't forget to unzip it first, PB." 
JiminyCricket says, "Gee, my time is up for the night, gotta go.  Goodnight,
everyone.  And thanks again, Mr. White, for coming to chat!" 
Phil shall send you shoes...every day of your mortal  life. =;o)
Plush Beast opens his plush jaws wide and swallows the egg whole!  He quickly
eats the egg, which makes a plush thud as it drops into his plush tummy.
Mickey exclaims, "Thanks!" 
JiminyCricket has left.
Mickey says, "G'nite, Jiminy" 
Belle smiles.  Plush Beast likes to eat.
Double_D exclaims, "Too hard-boiled!" 
Plush Beast burps a plush burp!
MuSE can't believe that it's 2 am...
Phil hugs the guy around his leg, wishing satyrs weren't so short."Well, I
best be heading  off now."
Angela says, "It's midnight here" 
Rufus can't believe it either, unless Muse is in Nova Scotia or something.
Phil says, "11:06." 
Mickey exclaims, "Oh, my gosh! Richard, you're on the East Coast and it's 1
am.  Thanks for staying up so late with us!" 
RichardWhite asks, "Does plush beast know what an egg will do to his digestion
at this hour?" 
MuSE grins...
Belle doesn't think so, Mr. White.  Plush Beast has plush for brains.
Plush Beast burps another plush burp!
Phil says, "I gotta trot off now, all." 
Max glances around.
Double_D says, "I think PB's got gas." 
RichardWhite says, "Burps will be the least of his problems" 
Rufus asks, "Plush Beast's digestion?  Can you say 'Pumbaa'?" 
Mickey giggles
MuSE laughs!
Plush Beast burps yet another plush burp!
Rufus exclaims, "Nite, Phil!" 
Phil pets Rufus.
Rufus purrs.
Plush Beast's plush fur turns a plush shade of green!
RichardWhite says, "It has been fun.  Can I come back?" 
Belle says, "bye Phil." 
Double_D says, "Note to Belle: no eggs." 
p.Nessus has left.
Mickey exclaims, "Absolutely!" 
Max exclaims, "Certainly!" 
Belle exclaims, "Of course, come back whenever you like!" 
Phil exclaims, "ANY TIME! =:o)" 
Rufus exclaims, "Oh, please come back!  " 
MuSE exclaims, "Yeah!" 
Double_D exclaims, "Yes,please!" 
Angela exclaims, "Yes!" 
Phil exclaims, "Night!" 
Mickey exclaims, "You can come back as RichardWhite, and if you'd like another
character name, just let me know!" 
Phil zaps Phil.
Phil has left.
Belle reminds all, next SIT is Susan Egan, Saturday 13 December, 10 PM alia
time (U.S. Central)!
Rufus says, "We can even arrange for a secret identity in case you want to
avoid meeting Beast again." 
Mickey gives a huggle to RichardWhite, and says goodbye, but grins as he
shouts, "Seeya real soon!  Heh-heh!"
Angela cheers!
Belle also reminds all that we have two more planned for January.
MuSE shakes with excitement..
Double_D says, "Hmmm...hehehe." 
Mickey exclaims, "Shhh, Belle!  Not a word about those two special ones in
January yet!" 
Mickey says, "heh-heh" 
Max asks, "Can you at least reveal the dates?" 
Plush Beast eeps a plush eep.
Angela raises her eyebrows
Double_D exclaims, "Please!" 
Belle says, "We can't Max.  We don't have the dates set yet." 
Rufus asks, "You mean those two very special ones, Mickey?  Yeah, Belle, not a
Max hmms...
Mickey exclaims, "Max, I'm no snitcher!" 
Angela exclaims, "Not again Mickey!" 
RichardWhite exclaims, "Thanks so much!  See you all soon.  Why?  Because I
like you." 
Belle exclaims, "See ya, and thanks!" 
Mickey bows to RichardWhite
Plush Beast eeps a plush eep!
Double_D exclaims, "Good bye!" 
MuSE grins
Rufus exclaims, "Goodnight, RichardWhite!  Come again soon!" 
Max says, "Mickey, it may, unfortunately, make the difference between my being
able to be here or not." 
MuSE exclaims, "Thank you for coming to talk to us!" 
Max waves to RichardWhite.  "Again, thanks for coming.  Come back any time!"
Angela waves
Belle says, "Max, we can't give you the date because we don't know the date
Mickey exclaims, "My what a guy, that Richard White!" 
Mickey grins
Belle smiles.
RichardWhite waves to all and dissappears as he falls off the dais.
RichardWhite has disconnected.

[End of transcript]