Curtain goes up on latest show ... and it's a beauty!

Peter Hodges as Gaston with the “Silly Girls” Laura Smith, Steph Bateman, Jess Barnes and Leah Tidey.
Peter Hodges as Gaston with the “Silly Girls” Laura Smith, Steph Bateman, Jess Barnes and Leah Tidey. Cardie Green

THE curtain has gone up on the latest offering by the Coffs Harbour Musical Comedy Company and the verdict is in - it's a beauty.

Not every company could take on the challenge of Disney's well-loved Beauty & the Beast, but under the direction of Donna Fairall this cast gives a delightfully, engaging performance.

This company has produced some fairly ambitious shows in recent years including Jesus Christ Superstar, Rent, Oliver, Cabaret and The King and I and now they're "doing Disney".

In her directorial debut, dance teacher and choreographer by heart, Donna Fairall, delivers on all levels.

This may be Disney but it is not just a show for the kids, there is something for everyone and the big song and dance numbers, watch out for Be Our Guest towards the end of the first act, are pure entertainment.

Beauty & The Beast is like the song goes, "A tale as old as time". It's a story of love and forgiveness, a journey of discovery and above all, a great yarn.

There are moments you will be roaring with laughter and other moments where you will be fighting back a tear.

The Beast is played by Beckley Vincent, a well-known stalwart of the local theatre scene, and his beauty is Fiona Stiles who brings a dry sense of humour and outstanding vocals to the role of Belle.

They are ably supported by a strong local cast which includes quite a few junior performers.

Applause also has to be saved for the person who sourced the beautifully crafted costumes from a Queensland theatre company which add so much colour to this production.

Disney's Beauty & The Beast by the CHMCC is on now and will run until December 2.

It's show time

  • What: CHMCC Disney's Beauty and the Beast
  • Where: Jetty Theatre
  • When: November 10 to December 2
  • Times: Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm. Matinees 1pm Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Cost: Adults $25. Conc. $22. Family $75 (two adults/two kids)
  • Bookings/Inquiries: Jetty box office 6652 8088 or jettytheatre.com

Topics:  beauty and the beast coffs harbour musical comedy company

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