|Fri||Oct 14||7:30pm||Opening Night|
Tickets for Beauty and the Beast are now on sale from our electronic box office:
A monstrous Beast has been heard inside the Mansfield Performing Arts Centre in recent weeks. Residents need not be alarmed, however, as the activity is due to MMuDS' 2016 musical production.
A well-loved animated Disney film from 1991 which later became a smash hit Broadway musical which ran for over 5,000 performances, Beauty and the Beast is currently occupying the ‘spare’ time of over 60 cast, crew and orchestra.
Two of the lead roles, Alex Duncan and Amanda Harwood are part of this busy team and are both new to Mansfield and to MMuDS.
Alex, who moved to Mansfield in 2014, plays Gaston, a ‘chauvinistic pig’ who wants to make the beautiful, bright but “different” Belle his wife.
A first timer to the MMuDS stage, Alex blew the audition team away by his raw talent and stellar voice. Alex continues to wow everyone during rehearsal with his portrayal of the thoroughly reprehensible Gaston in his relentless pursuit of Belle.
After taking on the role of Statutory Planner at the Mansfield Shire council, Alex says “I wanted to connect with the community and after seeing MMuDS’ production of Man of La Mancha I decided to try out for MMuDS’ next musical.”
Quietly spoken, wicked sense of humour, cheeky, fun-loving and with a voice which stops you in your tracks, Amanda Harwood is the perfect fit for Belle.
Amanda is another new arrival to Mansfield, and hails from Kaniva in Western Victoria. She moved to Mansfield at the start of this year. Like Alex, taking on the role of Belle is the first time on the MMuDS stage for Amanda. Amanda started singing at a young age, began singing lessons at 14 and has continued to sing since.
“I love singing and I have always wanted to be in a musical,” says Amanda.
When not rehearing the principal role of Belle, Amanda is busy studying having recently started a Certificate III Course in Business.
Like Belle, Amanda wants to see a lot more of life and is planning on travelling next year.
Enquiries to Producer, Karen Pirie: firstname.lastname@example.org
On a very cold, rainy and windy night in August, Local Vocals performed at the Mansfield Library. Singing a range of songs that celebrated winter, these Winter Melodies warms the hearts of both singers and our audience ... or it may have been the mulled wine.
Here is a snippet from the performance: Singin' in the Rain arranged by our very own Alicia Follett:
Local Vocals is currently having a well deserted break and will recommence rehearsals on Wednesday, 5 October 7-9pm at Nobian Place.
Any one interested in being involved in Local Vocals is most welcome to come along. We meet at Nobian Place each Wednesday 7.00 to 9.00pm during school term. For more information contact Bernadette on email@example.com
The MAD Orchestra, MAD Kids Band and MAD Strings Ensemble, supported by the Benalla Rose City Band, performed to a large and appreciative audience at its September Soiree concert.
Congratulations to all for putting on a splendid afternoon's entertainment.
If you play a musical instrument and would like to join the MAD Orchestra please get in touch with Monica Sketcher firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you know that there are a number of excellent amateur theatre companies in the North East? (i.e. apart from MMuDS :-)
Here are some links to follow:
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MMuDS is always looking for volunteers and people interested in assisting or taking part in any of our programs or productions. Even if you don't want to be on stage, you could usher, help with hair or makeup, assist at the box office... the list is endless!
You can find information on MMuDS productions, membership and lots more by exploring this web-site or our Facebook page
You can also contact the committee at any time by emailing here. We would love to hear from you.