Tickets on sale now for local production of Beauty and the Beast

Director Erika Swiney onstage with some of the Beauty and the Beast cast members.

SINCE February, a group of local students have been working hard behind the scenes, learning lines, and rehearsing twice a week at the Con Theatre, busily preparing for their production of Beauty and the Beast on November 19 and 20 at the Con Theatre.
Innisfail Dramatic Arts, under the professional direction of local theatre lover, Erika Swiney will present Beauty and the Beast adapted by Kathryn Schultz Miller, which was chosen by the students.


This favourite classic fairy tale will be performed by a cast of 24 children from Prep to High School, who have formed a special bond and worked well as a team.


Two of the boys have split the role of Bruno and Papa, whilst Matilda will be playing the part of Beauty and Mrs Teatime.


Swiney has been ably assisted by Angela Leutton with her creativity and props, as well as make-up artists, Charlie Russo and Vanessa Chiarotto, and is extremely grateful to the Cassowary Coast Regional Council for the use of the venue.


The play tells the story of a prince who is transformed into a hideous beast, as punishment for his cruel and selfish ways.


Until he is loved by a good and fair lady, he will remain a beast forever.


There is plenty of fun, comedy, and drama with a fast paced and exciting storyline.


Swiney said it has been very rewarding to see how the children have really embraced the story and made it their own and it will feature all the favourite songs.


“I’ve been performing since I was in high school and involved in theatre and musicals for many years having treaded the boards at the Con Theatre when I was younger.” 


“Throughout the year, students have been encouraged to learn new skills and the classes have been beneficial for gaining confidence and learning new acting skills, both on and off stage, as well as dealing with emotions.” 


Beauty and the Beast opens at the Con Theatre, River Avenue, Innisfail on Friday, November 19 at 7:00pm and on Saturday, November 20 at 7:30pm. 


The show runs for about an hour and 10 minutes, with an interval of 10 – 15 minutes.


A canteen will be operating with water, soft drink, tea, coffee, chips, chocolates, and cakes on sale. 


Tickets are available for sale now until the first show, so book now to avoid disappointment.


Prices are $15.00 for adults, seniors/pensioners: $12.00, children under 15: $10.00, whilst children under the age of one are free.


Tickets are now on sale but are guaranteed to sell fast so, phone or text Erika on 0434 149 568 or Angela on 0429 303 628 to secure a seat.

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