CAST: Members of the Killarney Community College cast who are taking part in this year’s panto ‘Beauty and the Beast’. Pictured were: Rachel Griffin, Brian Harrington, Ethan McKeon, Kayla Heaphy, Liam Waldron, Leah McDonnell, Jack Ryan-Brain, Aoife O’Brien, Brian Kelleher and Tamika Heaphy. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

Rehearsals are well and truly underway in one Killarney school as they prepare to take a Disney classic to the stage this December.
Killarney Community College students are planning two performances on Tuesday, December 3 and Wednesday, December 4 nightly at the college at 7pm.
Auditions for the production, which is written by Alan P Frayn of Stage Right Creative Ltd., commenced on September 11 with rehearsals immediately with the staff and the cast of 13 principals and 14 chorus giving up two hours of their Wednesday and Saturday afternoons.
“The school pantomime is a fantastic learning and social experience for the students,” Director Mike Lynch said.
“It is a unique opportunity for staff and students to collaborate and work together in a very structured yet fun filled project.”
The role of Belle was much sought after but was eventually given to Third Year student Rachel Griffin who had wowed the entire school by winning last year’s ‘Who’s Got Talent?’. Sixth Year student Brian Harrington has the difficult job of learning and acting the dual role of Prince/Beast. The Panto Dame ‘Fifi’ is being played by Sixth Year student Tova Buckley who is relishing the role. These are ably assisted by a range of other students equally as talented from First through to Sixth Year.
All departments within the school will help out with advertising and PR, ticket sales, stage and set construction and painting, hair and make-up, props and costumes, making it a real whole school effort, he added.
Tickets are now on sale from the school office 064 6632164, €10 for adults and €5 for students/children.

CHORUS: Teachers Mike Lynch, Joanna Hughes and Denise O’Sullivan pictured with the Killarney Community College chorus who are taking part in this year’s panto ‘Beauty and the Beast’. Photo: Michelle Crean