A tale as old as time-cast stages Disney favourite
BRISTOL Hippodrome may have Disney's Lion King.
The town of Thornbury, though, has Disney's Beauty and The Beast.
Thornbury Musical Theatre Group is staging the ambitious production and tickets are selling fast.
It's being staged at the town's Armstrong Hall from tonight and Cath Chappell from the musical theatre group says: "We are delighted by the public's response, which meant some of the performances like the opening night and the matinees on the Friday and Saturday were approaching sell-outs by last weekend.
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"It's a great show in its own right but the success of Disney's Lion King at the Hippodrome has actually helped us, as the show is from the same stable and we can offer such great value by comparison."
Beauty and the Beast was Disney's first venture into musical theatre, opening on Broadway in 1994 and running for 5,464 performances, the eighth longest run in Broadway history. It only became available for theatre groups a few years ago.
The group feel privileged to bring it as a premiere to Thornbury.
Staying true to the film, the show provides a cast of colourful characters.
Belle is played by Olivia Mills, who last appeared in a lead role as Cinderella in the group's award-winning pantomime. Mark Collins is the towering figure of the Beast.
Gaston, who is determined to woo and marry Belle, is played by Chris Dixon-Lewis and Gary Kennedy takes the role of Gaston's sidekick Lefou.
And the production doesn't miss out on those enchanted, talking objects of the Beast's castle. They include Mrs Potts the teapot (Kate Coyle), Cogsworth the clock (Richard Prior), Lumiere the candlestick (James Barnes) and Chip the tea cup (George Osborne and Jacob Godfrey).
Director Heather Collins-Jones said: "The cast and production team have really worked hard on this show and from the energy in rehearsals we can see it is going to be really entertaining.
"Knowing that tickets are going so well has also given us a boost."
Tickets can be bought via TMTG's Karen on 01454 853947 or e-mailing email@example.com. The box office in Thornbury High Street is open now at Wildings.
Tickets prices start from £6.20, with raised seating at £12 or £10, and on the flat: £10 or £8.
Family tickets are £36 and £30, a 10 per cent discount applies to groups of 10 or more with a 20 per cent discount for children's groups with free tickets for supervisors.
Shows run tonight to Saturday, evenings at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday matinees at 2:30pm.