Young performers set to star in Sleeping Beauty

Leah Watson as Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty being performed at the Garage. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Leah Watson as Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty being performed at the Garage. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

Talented young performers at The Garage are preparing to take to the stage with their unique take on the classic fairytale Sleeping Beauty.

Dizzy fairies in Sleeping Beauty being performed at the Garage. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Dizzy fairies in Sleeping Beauty being performed at the Garage. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

The Norwich venue's big summer show opens tomorrow and the all-singing all-dancing production will tell the backstory of the bad fairy Maleficent and why she put a curse on the princess.

Director Tom Fox said: 'It's a really interesting story because people are coming expecting Sleeping Beauty but there is so much more to the story.'

He added: 'It's a very vibrant and energetic show.

'There's live music, there's singing, there's dancing, there's acting. It has got it all.

Daisy Harris as Aurora in Sleeping Beauty being performed at the Garage. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Daisy Harris as Aurora in Sleeping Beauty being performed at the Garage. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017


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'The young people have worked so hard on the show and they have really had a professional experience and been very focussed. They have done a great job.'

About 50 performers aged seven to 18 are starring in Sleeping Beauty and the cast have spent the last two weeks busily rehearsing.

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Sixteen-year-old Leah Watson, who plays Maleficent in the show, said: 'The audience are going to have fun definitely - come watch the show!

'This is the story before the story of Sleeping Beauty.

Otto Moore Fuller, nine, as Bubbles the Jester, in Sleeping Beauty being performed at the Garage. Pi

Otto Moore Fuller, nine, as Bubbles the Jester, in Sleeping Beauty being performed at the Garage. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

'It is about Maleficent's relationship with Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) and her relationship with the king (Sleeping Beauty's father).'

Thirteen-year-old Daisy Harris, who plays Aurora, said they had all had a great time creating the production.

'It's amazing and everyone's been working really hard. This is my fourth year doing The Garage summer show and I love it,' she said.

'It's so much fun - even if you don't know anyone on the first day you always make lots of friends.'

Ed Longmuir as the Court Chef, and Otto Moore Fuller as Bubbles the Jester in Sleeping Beauty being

Ed Longmuir as the Court Chef, and Otto Moore Fuller as Bubbles the Jester in Sleeping Beauty being performed at the Garage. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

The Sleeping Beauty cast is being supported behind the scenes by a professional and volunteer team of costume, prop and set makers, stage managers, technicians and support workers. Among the team is assistant director Abbie Moore, musical director Sam Sommerfeld and Scott 'Scooby' Atkins, who has choreographed the show.

Sleeping Beauty is being performed at The Garage, in Chapelfield North, on Friday at 3pm and 6pm and on Saturday at 1pm and 3.30pm.

Tickets £5. For more information and to book tickets, call 01603 598646 or visit www.thegarage.org.uk

Leah Watson as Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty being performed at the Garage. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Leah Watson as Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty being performed at the Garage. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

The soldiers in Sleeping Beauty being performed at the Garage. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The soldiers in Sleeping Beauty being performed at the Garage. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

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