Beauty and the Beast

It’s got all the elements of a classic fairy tale – a villain, an underdog and a beauty.

DIFFERENT ROLE: Guilherme Noronha and Lizzy Lindus star in Beauty and the Beast.Picture by CATH BOWEN

Maitland Gilbert & Sullivan and Musical Society’s latest production of the much-loved Beauty and the Beast is a family favourite.

Of its 40-strong cast the youngest performer is three and the eldest in her 70s.

“It’s a family show, we have lots of families,” director Angie Hutchison-Ussher said.

Her husband will choreograph the show and their son will perform in the prologue.

“It’s the Disney cartoon everyone one knows, the typical fairy tale,” Hutchison-Ussher said.

“In our 50th year we wanted to put on a well-known show.”

For Guilherme Noronha, playing the boorish and brainless Gaston, is a slight detraction from his last lead role in the society’s 2013 production of Sweeny Todd.

“It’s fun stepping into a different character; Gaston is different to Gill,” Noronha said.

“It’s been a big motivator to hit the gym.”

In the months preparing for the role, Noronha has lost 20 kilograms.

Maitland Gilbert & Sullivan and Musical Society’s production of Beauty and the Beast premieres at Maitland Town Hall on October 8. Performances will also be held in Newcastle and Dungog.


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