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On Saturday morning’s edition of Saturday’s Role With Reno, host Renos Spanoudes spoke to Masego Motto about the People’s Theatre production of Disney’s Beauty & The Beast in which she plays the role of Belle.
Beauty & The Beast.
Johannesburg’s Peoples Theatre in Braamfontein will be bringing the pages of Beauty and the Beast to life when it stages the production from Monday, October 29, to Sunday, December 23.
Directed by Jill Girard and Keith Smith, the fairytale was originally written by French author Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve.
La Belle et la Bete was published in 1740 and later condensed and rewritten by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont.
This version, published in 1756, was followed, in 1889, by Andrew Lang’s take on the story. According to Wikipedia, Lang’s version is the one most commonly retold.
The tale revolves around a cruel young prince who is turned into a hideous beast by an enchantress. To break the spell, the Beast must learn to love another and earn her love in return before the last petal falls from an enchanted rose.
Beauty and the Beast has had many incarnations, but its many messages, most notably to not judge a book by its cover, remain constant.
“It is these educational messages that the cast of the production will bring to life to delight young audiences in the coming months,” said Girard and Smith, adding that their intention is also to inculcate a love of reading in children.
Beauty and the Beast’s cast features Masego Mothibakgomo as Belle. The singer and actress’s love for the arts began as a small child in Kuruman and Mothibistad, where her mother, Rebatho, was a singer and actress in the local church.
She has a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from the University of Pretoria and her theatrical performances include Disneyland (Lion King), Romeo, Juliet and Alchemy of Desire, Dead Man’s Blues and King Kong the Musical. She has also starred in the short film, Seussical, and, as a singer, is currently working on an original album.
Mothibakgomo also involves herself in outreach programmes, where she introduces drama and vocal training at schools.
Listen to the interview with Masego Mothibakgomo here:
Tune in to Saturday’s Role With Reno: O Rolos Tou Savattou Me Ton Reno, Saturday mornings on The New Pan Hellenic Voice – Greek Community Radio 1422MW from 8 am to 11 am