A NEW musical based on a traditional fairytale will have its world premiere in Mossley this December.
And writer Ian Curran is confident Sleeping Beauty The Musical at the George Lawton Hall from December 2-7 will appeal to audiences of all ages.The project has been five years in the making but with a soundtrack already available to accompany the show and rehearsals underway, Ian is excited by finally bringing the words and music to life.
He is working in collaboration with Mossley Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (MAODS) with the cast based at Woodend Mill.
“As a theatre maker and a writer, I want to bring the family together in the theatre,” said Ian, already known to Mossley and Saddleworth audiences for his appearances in hit show Walk Like A Man.
“It is one thing going to watch a show aimed solely at kids that parents have to sit through and endure.
“It’s another thing entirely to create a piece three generations of the same family can enjoy together.
“What we have tried to do is make the script and songs that are child friendly but can also crossover into an adult audience.
“Three generations of the same family can come and watch Sleeping Beauty the Musical and each take something different from the piece.”
Ian has assembled a cast of 25, including nine core principals and a live band.
“We are mixing professional performers with local talent,” he explained. “A lot of the ensemble have speaking parts.”
Theatre is in the blood of ex Hulme Grammar School pupil, Ian, who works for Uppermill based entertainment agency Handshake Ltd.
“I worked at Disneyland Paris after I graduated and played the Disney princes.
“Sleeping Beauty (released as a film by Disney in 1959) was always a fairytale the boys and the girls loved because the prince was heroic, and the princess had her own aspirations.
“But a lot of the music in the Disney version is the music of Tchaikovsky as they didn’t write their own melodies just their own lyrics.
“So, it does seem old fashioned in parts even though it is so popular as a fairytale and as family entertainment.
“But I wanted to develop the themes within Sleeping Beauty that are not necessarily have been explored before.
“So, we have got a Wheel of Misfortune the villain uses to select spells which has not been done before. And we are bringing raven spies into the piece to make it a bit darker.
“We own the title Sleeping Beauty The Musical so it is the definitive version.
“We wanted to create the definitive version of a traditional fairtyale in a musical format.”
Ian’s collaborators are Simon Hanson and Peter Vint, who wrote the music which is available through Spotify, iTunes and Amazon.
“It was originally written as an hour show to be sent over to Qatar where I was performing a few years ago,” added Ian.
“But because we were writing original songs we were paving our way through the story.
“When we workshopped it in London we thought it was worth making into a feature length musical.
“So instead of finishing at the hour we were then started to evolve piece into full length musical.
“The rights are now available from 2020 for amateur groups who want to do it next year and we have already had requests to translate the book (script) into Dutch and Italian.”
• Tickets are now on sale from £11 and are available by calling
07717 594 274 or choose your seats online at www.SleepingBeautyTheMusical.com