Thursday 3rd June 2010 by C. Freeman
A trip is being arranged to a stage version of Beauty and the Beast featuring our Head of Music, Mr Steven Duguid. The lavish show, which showcases the songs and costumes from the classic Disney cartoon, takes place at The Curve, Leicester from 8 to 12 June.
It is being produced by LAOS, Leicester Amateur Operatic Society, and features 42 cast members who have been rehearsing since January. Mr Duguid, is chorus-master and makes sure that everyone knows their vocals; warming up and cooling down properly each time.
He also takes to the stage, acting as a man in a bar, the bookseller and the enchanted knife. He has previously featured in other amateur productions, including as the leader of the Jets in West Side Story, but his dream role would be to play the lead in Phantom of the Opera. He said: 'I love performing so being in a show like this is great. I also like socialising with people who like doing the same thing. It's quite a young and vibrant cast and this is reflected in the energy of the production.'
Tickets for the show on Saturday 12 June (including transport) cost £19 and bookings need to be made by this Friday. For a letter and booking details please contact the Finance and General Office.
Mr Duguid said: 'It's an awesome production and is one of the most expensive that any amateur group can stage, due to the costume hire and special effects we use. The scenes between Cogsworth and Lumiere are especially funny, they have a great dynamic, but the show as a whole promises to be really spectacular with dramatic costumes and big chorus numbers.'