Young people shine in Kilmore' Beauty and the Beast

Jack Moore and Anna Creevy Goff, taking part in the Kilmore Variety Group's production of 'Beauty and the Beast'.
Jack Moore and Anna Creevy Goff, taking part in the Kilmore Variety Group's production of 'Beauty and the Beast'.
Avril Rochford, Grace Cousins, Eimear Fortune and Grainne Bates were among the cast.

A tale as old as time was recreated in Kilmore last week with the staging of the musical 'Beauty and the Beast'.

The junior production of the top Disney classic was produced by the Kilmore Variety Group.

Josie Whelan said the three-night run had been a great success. 'It went really well for us and there were great crowds there on each of the three nights. There was a 40-strong cast and all of them were under the age of 15. They ranged in age from 15 years to seven years.'

Anna Bates took on the role of 'Belle' while Jack Doyle was 'the Beast'. In the role of 'Gaston' was David McDonnell.

'We started out rehearsing before Christmas but really got down to it in earnest in January', said Josie.

It was produced by Eileen Creevy McCarthy and all the costumes, including 'The Wardrobe' and 'Mrs Potts' were made by local women Eileen Creevy and Monica Connick. 'We thought we could hire some of them', said Josie 'but they weren't available anywhere in Ireland so we had to make them.'

The scenery was made and painted by Peter McCarthy and Trisha Callaghan. 'There was a real local involvement', said Josie.

'The children were so excited, it was great to see it. The whole thing was a great success. We'd never put on a musical before - it was always a variety show - so we are delighted with how it went.'

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