I need not say too much about the story nor the Philo. Beauty and the Beast is a Disney classic and a family favourite loved by the young and old alike. Some would even describe it as a tale as old as time. (Sorry, very lame but I couldn't resist. Did anyone else just start singing along with Angela Lansbury?).
I've talked up the Philo before too. They're a great local theatre group and have enjoyed sell-out seasons for their last several shows. They sure know how to entertain. That being said, I am particularly excited about this production where the Philo – I assume – return to what they do best: telling simple stories simply but beautifully. No tricks, no acrobats, no light shows. Just talent.
Beauty and the Beast opens on Thursday 7 March 2019 at 8 pm at the Erindale Theatre at Wanniassa. It's a top theatre – very comfortable – and there's plenty of parking and eateries nearby. Performances are on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights until 23 March, with two 2 pm matinees on Saturday 16 and 23 March.
You can book online or over the phone (02 6257 1950) and you can take advantage of the early bird saver – or $5 off each ticket – if you get in now. Tickets are $35 for children and $55 for adults. And get a load of this: there's a family option available where adult tickets are down to $35 each when parents take their little people to the show.
Trust me, you'll love this one. The little people will love it. Let's face it too: I'll probably cry. Until then, I'm off to watch my old copy of Bedknobs and Broomsticks…