Theatre at The Mill in association with Mr Hullabaloo presents Disney’s Beauty and The Beast Jr.
The creative team responsible for the hugely successful pantomimes at The Courtyard Theatre bring Disney’s adaptation of a classic tale to life in an enchanting new production, directed and narrated by Mr Hullabaloo with a talented cast drawn from Theatre at The Mill’s Home Spun and Summer Youth Theatres.
Mr Hullabaloo and his team are established and popular children’s entertainers. Hullabaloo’s collaborations with Newtownabbey Theatres include sell-out pantomimes at The Courtyard Theatre including Jack and The Beanstalk, Aladdin, Cinderella and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, as well as his fairytale-inspired Tea Parties. The principal roles will be performed by graduates of the highly successfully Theatre at the Mill Summer Youth Theatre and include Maria Sweeney acting the role of Belle, and Aaron Kavanagh, performing the role of Lumiere. Members from Newtownabbey Home Spun Youth Theatre will also perform in this especially written junior version of the musical, and will feature in key supporting roles and as part of the main company.
Originally produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, Beauty and the Beast is a musical fantasy romance, based on the traditional French fairy tale of the same name by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont. One of the most popular and critically acclaimed musicals, Beauty and the Beast focuses on the relationship between the Beast, a prince who is magically transformed into a hideous monster as punishment for his selfishness, and Belle, a beautiful young woman who he imprisons in his castle.
The show that will be produced in Newtownabbey will feature all the popular songs including Academy Award winning title track Beauty and the Beast, Be Our Guest and Belle, as well as additional songs written by Howard Ashman and Sir Tim Rice.
Newtownabbey Home Spun Youth Theatre School nurtures future stars of stage and screen with weekly tuition throughout their course, leading to exams and professional qualifications for members with ambitions to develop a career in theatre, and makes available to the Youth Drama School the opportunity to participate in a professional performance. The Youth Drama School most recently participated in Theatre at The Mill’s Christmas comedy Eternally Scrooged.
Speaking on behalf of Theatre at The Mill, Arts Centre Manager Bernard Clarkson said:
“I am delighted to bring such a wonderful show to audiences in Theatre at The Mill. Beauty and the Beast is a family favourite and a visit at one of our matinee or evening performances would be a wonderful treat over half time break, with opportunities to explore the Museum, Newtownabbey Walk and enjoy the lovely setting here at Mossley Mill”
Beauty and The Beast runs at Theatre at the Mill from 18 to 23 February. Tickets, which cost £15 & £13, can be booked online at www.theatreatthemill.com or by phoning 028 90340217