August 14, 2017
‘Be our guest’ to MLC this month, when the 2017 Senior Musical production of Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ takes to the stage!

The much-loved production tells the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress.

The family-friendly production involves 55 cast members and 50 crew members from Years 9 - 12, with students from Xavier College, Trinity Grammar and Camberwell Boys Grammar also taking part.

Lisha Ooi, Year 12, is excited to be playing the part of Belle.

“We’ve been rehearsing since Term 1 so it’s been hard work, but very rewarding,” she says. “The camaraderie between all of the cast and crew has made the production so much fun to be a part of.”

Auditions began at the beginning of the year and Lisha admits she was “so nervous that [she] couldn’t eat all day”, but with an extensive musical background including performing with Victorian Opera, she knew she had to adopt the same performance mentality that had held her in good stead before. With several close friends also auditioning for the role of Belle meant extra pressure, however Lisha explains that everyone has been very supportive, and that motivated her to be able to play Belle to the best of her ability.

Lisha also holds fondness for Belle as a character: “I see a lot of myself in Belle in the way that she wishes to distinguish herself from the crowd, her independence as a woman, and her free-spirited nature. I think my biggest challenge for this show will be portraying the multiple facets of her character – Belle the defiant, Belle the whimsical, and Belle in love.”

Whilst there are some big dance numbers, and even an on-stage tussle with Gaston, her favourite moment is the aria titled “Home”.

With much-loved songs featured, including ‘Be Our Guest’, ‘Gaston’ and of course ‘Beauty and the Beast’, the students themselves describe this as a show “filled with humour, action, and huge chorus numbers!” The production explores the themes of family, love, sacrifice, with the audience invited to consider, ‘what is beauty?’

Event details:
Wednesday, 30 August
Thursday, 31 August
Friday, 1 September
Performances commence at 7 pm

Cost: $25 adults, $15 students
Assembly Hall, MLC
207 Barkers Road, Kew 3101

Purchase tickets at trybooking.com/REKB, or contact Janine Brown (Dramatic Arts Administrator) on brownjra@mlc.vic.edu.au.

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