Beauty and the Beast

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 10-Jun-2016

TIMELY: Girton actors are ready for the show

Actors from this year’s Senior School production of Beauty and the Beast at Girton Grammar School will be virtually unrecognisable on stage as their costumes, make up and characters come to life in a gritty reimagining of the much-loved Disney classic. 

Five months of intense rehearsals are coming to an end with the curtain rising at the Ulumbarra Theatre on the school’s biggest and best production ever.  Headmaster Matthew Maruff said he can hear singing from his office. 

“The end result of a rigorous production schedule is shining through in phenomenal performances by our musicians and actors,” he said. 

“This year’s production will feature more than 100 cast members, a full symphony orchestra with more than 30 musicians, seven spectacular choreographed musical numbers and over 100 sensational costumes.

“For the first time, we will be staging a senior school musical drama in the Ulumbarra Theatre. Our goal is to provide students with a professional theatre experience that rivals the best in this country.” 

The show itself will be a completely reimagined version to the original Beauty and the Beast Disney classic, with a broody and mysterious take on this timeless tale of love and deception, trust and treachery. 

The audience will be challenged to question what true beauty means and whether people can really change. 

The show runs at 8pm for three days from Wednesday, June 15. Tickets on sale at 


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