Holiday At Home – Beauty and the Beast

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The third day of our Jozi holiday saw us venturing into the heart of the city. We popped in at POST for drinks. I ordered the homemade lemonade – which Emmy promptly claimed as her own. When I finally got to taste it, it was delicious. No wonder she wouldn’t release the glass.

POST is open 6:30am-4:00pm Monday-Friday and 8:30am-2pm Saturdays and public holidays. It is located at 70 Juta Street, Braamfontein. It’s definitely worth visiting if you’re in the area.

Then we went to the People’s Theatre to watch Beauty and the Beast Jr. The girls were so excited that they were bouncing and singing, giving an impromptu performance in the theatre foyer. Angie has been to the theatre before, but this was Emmy’s first time.

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Beauty and the Beast Jr follows the Disney film quite closely. A young prince is cursed and transformed into a beast. Belle offers herself as his prisoner in exchange for her father’s freedom. Enchanted objects abound. Gaston struts and preens. Everyone sings and dances. Belle and the Beast fall in love, and live happily ever after.

The film is one of my favourites, and I thoroughly enjoyed this stage version. I was particularly impressed by the actors playing Belle, Lumiere and the Beast. The set design and costumes are beautiful. This is the best production I have seen at the People’s Theatre so far. My only complaint is that the sound mix seemed a bit off – at times the music overpowered the voices.

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The girls loved it. When the lights dimmed as the curtains opened, Angie slipped her hand into mine and stared at the stage. Afterwards, she said her favourite parts were Belle, the Beast and and the monster trees. Emmy said, “Gaston is the best.”

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Beauty and the Beast Jr runs until the 24th December. You can book tickets directly through the theatre office 011 403 1563. I highly recommend this as an outing for your family.

Photos are from the People’s Theatre Facebook page.

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Have you seen Beauty and the Beast Jr?

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