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Classic children’s tale promises fun for all

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Starring in a production of Beauty and the Beast are, from left, Jack Gilbert, Fangle Peng, and Mila Cai. Times photo Wayne Martin

Howick Children’s and Youth Theatre is set to deliver a fun and high-energy production of the classic children’s story Beauty and the Beast.

It’s staged in Howick and directed by Michelle Field with a cast of 21 children aged 10 to 14 years old.

“This is a story everybody knows and it’s quite a traditional version of the story with aspects some audiences may not be as familiar with,” she says.

“We see a lot more of Beauty’s family on a farmyard, which people who read the story or see the movies are not familiar with.

“Those sorts of characters make the show more interesting for audiences.”

Field says the play features more than enough romance, action, and humour to keep audiences entertained.

“It’s very colourful and a lot of fun. I’m working really hard with the cast to make sure they bring those sorts of things out in their characters.

“There’s furniture and objects that walk and talk, sword fights, dancing and music.

“It’s suitable for young children from five years old and up as they’ll enjoy all that colourful magic that happens.

“As well as people who are familiar with the story and want to see the more classic things coming out in the tale.

“There’s never a dull moment on stage with all the different aspects whether the scene is sad or fun and energetic.

There’s a lot of variety and people won’t get bored.”

The theatre says it’s grateful to the Howick Local Board for its ongoing support.

“We are hugely appreciative to have a local board that is listening to its community and continuing to support arts and culture and the children and youth within our area.”

Beauty and the Beast is performed at 1.30pm and 3.30pm on September 23-24 at Harlequin Musical Theatre, 563 Pakuranga Road, Howick.

Tickets cost $10. To book, email

There will be cash-only door sales unless previously sold out.

The theatre is also staging a staff fundraiser featuring Dr Seuss and other well-known stories with an opportunity for audience members to join in on stage.

It’s performed at 11am on September 23-24 at Harlequin Musical Theatre.

Tickets cost $10. To book, email

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