Romantic old tale delight for actors

Packemin - Beauty and the Beast - PerfectImages Photography Bradbury’s Alyssa Wilkins and Bradley Gavin, of Macquarie Fields, feature in the ensemble of Beauty and the Beast  at Riverside Theatres Paramatta

Packemin - Beauty and the Beast - PerfectImages Photography Bradbury’s Alyssa Wilkins and Bradley Gavin, of Macquarie Fields, feature in the ensemble of Beauty and the Beast at Riverside Theatres Paramatta

IT'S a tale as old as time and two Campbelltown actors are helping to bring it to life.

Bradbury's Alyssa Wilkins and Bradley Gavin, of Macquarie Fields, feature in the ensemble of Beauty and the Beast which opens at Riverside Theatres Paramatta next week.

"I'm a Disney nut," Wilkins said.

"I have always loved Beauty and the Beast, so it's an amazing opportunity to share my knowledge and experience.

"Knowing that by sharing my passion and enthusiasm, I could potentially spark something in another human being the way my teachers sparked my fire and drive for performing, is truly rewarding."

For Gavin, being successful in his audition for this show was particularly important.

"I was cast in Packemin Productions' Hairspray last year but had to pull out two weeks before opening night due to an AFL injury, which was devastating," he said.

"So this time I'm determined to hit that Riverside stage.

"Like most people in auditions I was very nervous, so to be cast in a show like this when there were so many other talented people who missed out, makes me feel very thankful and lucky."

Based on the Disney classic, Beauty and the Beast follows the adventures of Belle, a bright young woman who finds herself imprisoned in a castle with the mysterious Beast, who is really a prince trapped in a spell.

With the assistance of the castle's enchanted staff, a tender romance develops between these two unlikely friends and Belle soon learns the most important lesson of all; that true beauty comes from within.

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