Fresh bed­ding for Beauty

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Sleep­ing Beauty.

DI­REC­TOR Natalie Tren­gove ex­pects chil­dren and par­ents will be de­lighted by the new spin she’s put on an old clas­sic when Tweed Theatre Com­pany raise the cur­tains for Sleep­ing Beauty – The Mu­si­cal this week­end. Hav­ing ex­panded the sto­ry­line and added cur­rent ref­er­ences, Tren­gove also en­listed the help of Jim Fury to write eight orig­i­nal songs for the mu­si­cal. Tren­gove says her ver­sion of the fairy­tale, which fol­lows the orig­i­nal sto­ry­line, is more sub­stan­tial com­pared to the clas­sic Sleep­ing Beauty. ‘‘We have en­larged it with ex­tra char­ac­ters and more colour,’’ she says. ‘‘There are a lot of lo­cal ref­er­ences and I also made the evil fairy turn around and be­come good at the end to add some moral for the kids – it’s nice to have a happy end­ing.’’ The lo­cal pro­duc­tion fea­tures songs and dance and stars Tahlia Trae­cey, Chris Hawkins, Casey Fe­gan, Hay­den Bech, Amy Stone­house, Char­lotte Pir­rone and more. With six of the 30-strong cast mak­ing their on-stage de­but, Tren­grove says she’s ex­cited to see fresh faces get in­volved in the theatre world. ‘‘We love to see new faces as they are the fu­ture of theatre,’’ she says. ‘‘The more we can bring in, the more it’s go­ing to live.’’ Tren­gove says both chil­dren and par­ents will never tire of the ‘‘tra­di­tional’’ story. ‘‘It’s suited to ev­ery­one be­cause the lit­tle chil­dren en­joy the mu­sic, danc­ing and colour whereas the older peo­ple will get some of the hid­den hu­mour,’’ she says.

– ROSE SADLEIR

Sleep­ing Beauty – The Mu­si­cal plays Tweed Civic Cen­tre from to­mor­row un­til Septem­ber 29.

Hay­den Bach and Tahlia Trae­cey in

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