Preview- Beauty And The Beast- Drama School Hong Kong



December is an exciting time, not only for family celebrations and festivities but theatre productions too, especially when they capture the holiday spirit, famous fairy tales and young talents. This weekend, Drama School Hong Kong is proud to present their latest work, Beauty and the Beast, which features, in the usual fashion, a vibrant group of local Hong Kong youth led by experienced theatre teaching artists and coaches. 
Laurence Boswell’s Beauty and the Beast, as originally conceived by the RSC, is under the direction of Vincent Warren, with Owen Liggett and Jonathan Daly as musical director and movement director, respectively with members of the DSHK Company filling the roles. DSHK Company is a creative theatre company for talented young performers ages 10 – 18. At DSHK performers can continue their journey within the performing arts and take their passion and talent to the next level. 
The school focuses on the core disciplines found in professional actor training, incorporating acting, vocal training and movement; furthermore, they also aim to help develop creative artists that understand all aspects of performance and production.  DSHK’s unique approach to training ensures that members will also be introduced to the fundamentals of stage management as well as other creative areas such as lighting, sound and set design.
15-year-old Dascha Okolovichand portrays the role of the Beasts’ Maid in this production, and she's excited about this project. "This production is unique and different, the script is funny and ironic, and it's delightful to
pick up on all the jokes and quirky characters. I also like the fact that every performer in the play is always part of the ensemble, and that brought us together as a cast. We’re all motivated to get going, and we use every spare minute to go over our scripts and lines."
Despite the intense work these young talented students put together, they had plenty of moments to share laughter. "One of the funniest bits during rehearsals happened when Seb (Sebastian Drew, who portrays the role of Beauty’s father) overshot the bench when we were blocking a scene once, and he just totally missed it! The best part was I think it made the scene better". 
She is confident that the local audience will enjoy the characters and the way they are portrayed, even though she is not sure everyone will get all the jokes. 
We look forward to seeing this production, and we invite local audiences to do likewise!
Beauty And The Beast plays from Friday, December 8 through Sunday, December 10 at 7.30pm. Afternoon shows on Saturday and Sunday at 2.30pm. Tickets are available on Urbtix. 
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