WITHOUT sustaining any real injuries, the cast of Oyster Lane Theatre Group really did break a leg with their production of Beauty And The Beast. This is the 20th show for the group, which has been pacing the boards since 1994. The sincere camaraderie among cast and crew, both on- and off-stage, is the real X Factor in this production.
Suzanne O'leary debuted in the director's chair, accompanied by the musical maestro that is Patrick Clancy in the role of musical director. Declan Taylor took on the role of the Beast alongside Emma Shore who starred as Belle. The cast and chorus were carefully selected from Wexford's 'untapped talent', as described by outgoing president Alan Corcoran at the show's launch.
From the moment the curtain was raised the audience was treated to a highly infectious feast of musical and theatrical talent. From the Prince's dramatic demise into an ogre-like Beast in some of the opening scenes, to Mrs Potts's repeated chiming for a 'nice cuppa tea', this amateur theatre group exuded a high level of professionalism. Judging by the audience's reception, the tough schedule of rehearsing since June really did pay off.
Though this production was exclusive in many ways, the ethos of the group is one of inclusivity. In light of this it seems only fair to sing the praises of the heroes backstage. Credit where credit's due, they did a fantastic job in dressing the cast in costumes that at times transformed the entire stage into a sea of colour.