Three young friends have pooled their talents to help bring the Bendigo Theatre Company’s latest show to life.
The Beauty and the Beast pantomime opens on January 18 and will be directed by 22-year-old Jordan French, musically directed by 22-year-old Lisa Fremder and choreographed by 18-year-old Brodie Wilson.
After meeting while working together on BTC’s pantomime Snow White in 2016, the trio became fast friends.
“Since then we have said it would be fun if we were the creative team,” Wilson said.
“We applied as a team and it has been awesome. We are very excited to show people what we’ve done.”
This is the third time Wilson has choreographed a show after she worked on Snow White and BTC’s 2017 pantomime Aladdin.
Beauty and the Beast is French’s second time as director. He directed the Bendigo Kids Christmas Concert in December.
“Directing has been really interesting. It was about the fact I was doing it with my two best friends and learning another side of theatre as well as making it best panto ever,” French said.
“I have loved being on the other side of the table from beginning to end and found it just as enjoyable as being a performer.”
Working with friends has been a huge advantage for Fremder.
“The three of us worked harmoniously so communication was easy and we were never afraid to challenge or question each other,” she said.
“This is the first show I have musically directed. The learning opportunity has been of great benefit and I will always cherish and be proud of.”
Fremder has also worked at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, making her something of a Disney princess expert.
“My friends and family often called me the Disney Princess expert even before I was hired by The Walt Disney Company,” she said.
BTC’s pantomime Beauty and the Beast is on at the BTC Arts Shed in Allingham Street from January 18 to 28.
For tickets head to www.trybooking.com/SWBK