Fresh bedding for 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