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by Alexia Johnston

A fairy tale ending is in sight for the South Canterbury Drama League’s musical theatre section.

The group will bring Disney’s Beauty and the Beast to the Timaru stage next year, a year after it initially “pulled the pin” on the project.

Drama league chairwoman Suzy Duffield said the team behind the Timaru production considered itself lucky after regaining rights to the show.

The group gave up plans to perform the show this year after realising the Theatre Royal might not be available because of proposed renovations.

“We were lucky to get it again,” Ms Duffield said.

“We were hopeful that we would get agreeance from them to put it on this year.

“So we’re very excited and thrilled to have such a well-known musical that appeals to all age groups.”

Eight shows of Beauty and the Beast will be performed in Timaru from mid-September.

Denise Henderson, of Dunedin, will direct the show.

Henderson directed and choreographed The Sound of Music and My Fair Lady for the Taieri Musical Society, among other projects, and has been a dance teacher for 35 years.

Joanne Wedlake will take charge of choreography for Beauty and the Beast, after taking on roles in Showstoppers, Showstoppers 2, Grease, and The Sound of Music, among others.

Rob Martin, artistic director of the South Canterbury Academy of the Dramatic Arts, will also join the team for next year’s show as musical director.

He has worked on Evita and Shrek Jnr and more recently Avenue Q and A Cow Named Cow, among others.

Auditions will be held on April 21 and 22. Rehearsals start in June.