For its 37th annual production, the Earle Page College Musical Society will be staging the Broadway version of Disney’s perennial classic Beauty and the Beast.
The musical is directed, produced, performed, accompanied and staged entirely by Earle Page College residents.
The Disney film was released in 1991, grossing $403 million in the box office, and receiving three Golden Globe Awards and two Academy Awards. As a piece of musical theatre, it premiered on Broadway in 1994, grossing $1.4 billion, being performed in thirteen countries around the world, and proving so successful as to become the seventh longest running Broadway show of all time – coming in ninth position is Jonathan Larson’s rock opera Rent, performed by the EPC Musical Society last year to much acclaim.
After working an arduous schedule over the past few weeks, the cast of EPCMS’ Beauty and the Beast are confident audiences will not be disappointed.
Co-Director and Co-Producer Alex Robson said of the production, which opens on Thursday, August 5: “Despite a humble budget, we are endeavouring to draw our audiences into the storybook world of Disney.”
Fellow Co-Director and Co-Producer Christopher Curcuruto said: “We are looking forward to a positive audience response to our extraordinary costumes, sets and props, which are so pivotal in conveying the story and themes of the classic Disney cartoon, which are being brought to life before your eyes.”
The production will be staged in the A1 Arts Theatre at UNE over three days starting on Thursday, August 5. After a sell-out season last year, tickets to the 2010 production are selling fast. The performance on Saturday is virtually sold-out, as is the matinee on Friday, and the opening on Thursday is selling out fast.
Performances are Thursday 5th at 7.30pm, Friday 6th at 11am, and Saturday 7th at 7.30pm. For bookings and ticket enquires, ring the Earle Page College office on 6773 5300. It is recommended that people wanting to see the show book ahead of time so as to avoid disappointment.