EMMA O’Driscoll admits to being “extremely excited” about her starring role in Limerick Panto Society’s production of Beauty and the Beast this December.
The RTÉ presenter plays Belle in the society’s 28th annual production, their first in the Lime Tree Theatre in Mary Immaculate College.
“I absolutely love the story of Beauty and the Beast. I love the music in it which is very recognisable, there are loads of classic pieces in it, and I was really excited about that,” explains Emma, on a break from filming in RTÉ.
“With the new Lime Tree theatre, I have never performed in it, and I am really excited about it. It is a huge addition to the city. It is a big stage and it will suit the show,” she adds.
“To get to spend a decent amount of time at home is great. I am a home bird, so to have a block of time at home is amazing, I love that.”
Emma is well used to performing with the society, appearing five times in eight years with LPS.
“Rehearsals are going really well. It is really enjoyable, there is always fun and a good atmosphere - it never feels like work,” she beams.
“I wouldn’t perform if I felt like I couldn’t enjoy it - I love the buzz of it all.”
The society, founded in 1985, are busy preparing for the show, which opens in the 510-seater venue on December 28.
The story has been adapted by John Finn, while Tim Cusack will return to play the Dame, with the multi-talented Mícheál Ó Dubhghaill to play The Beast.
Panto veteran Damian Shaw will play Belle’s long suffering dad, while Lorna Maher and Kerrie Shaw play Belle’s sister, with Annie star Nastasia Vashko to play the Cook.