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Louise Heginbotham3 years ago

Have dinner, see the musical and get drinks after!

Tired of heading to the same old pubs and living the same old routine every Friday or Saturday night? Mix it up and support your local talent by heading to the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre (MECC) this Friday and Saturday, where the Mackay Musical Comedy Players Inc. presents Beauty & The Beast. Let the nostalgia wash over you as you’re transported back to your childhood through renditions of all your favourite songs from the animated classic. You’ll surely feel like you’ve stepped off Alfred Street and into provincial France. Whether you’re a local to Mackay or you’re just visiting, you’re bound to be mesmerised by these talented actors. We’ve got all the information you need to have a fantastic night at the theatre.

You can catch this great event on Friday the 22nd May at 8:00pm, and Saturday the 23rd May at 2:00pm and 8:00pm. Tickets are $45 per adult, $37 for pensioners and students, and $20 for children under 13 years of age. If you’re planning on heading out to see the showcase, we know just where you can meet up with friends for dinner before, and drinks after. Better yet, it’s all within walking distance from the Entertainment Centre!

Ready for a pre-show dinner?

Bridges Mackay

Amazing Arancini balls, Bridges Mackay – Mackay

Whether your tickets are for an afternoon or evening show, you’ll always find fantastic food and great, friendly service at Bridges Mackay. Located on River Street, this café and restaurant is just a short 15-minute walk from the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre. If you are driving, it’s just 4 minutes from the MECC and there’s always plenty of parking available onsite or close by.

With an extensive menu—including light options such as Arancini balls (crispy rice-filled balls topped with an amazing jalapeño aioli for a bit of kick) and more substantial dishes such as healthy gourmet pizzas and beef sliders—there’s something for every taste here. Ensure your appetite is satisfied and you’re ready to give the show your full attention by visiting the lovely staff at Bridges Mackay. Open 8am ’til late, they’re a great option for any time of day!
Where: 10D River Street, Mackay QLD 4740

Once you’re full, it’s time to head to the Entertainment Centre to catch the broadway version of Beauty & the Beast.

Time to see the show! Here’s what’s on.

If you’re unfamiliar with the story of Beauty & The Beast, we’ve whipped up an abridged version to give you a taste of what’s to come.

On the way to a fair, Maurice becomes lost in the woods. He stumbles upon a dark and gloomy castle, where he seeks shelter—only this castle is home to a Beast, who is afflicted by a horrible curse and takes Maurice captive. Maurice’s daughter, Belle, finds her father and gives up her freedom to save his life. Over time, Belle and the Beast begin to fall in love, and Belle manages to tame the ferocious Beast. Will Belle break the spell? You’ll have to see the show and find out!

The show’s finished, but not your night. Head out for after-show drinks.

The Metropolitan Hotel

Great vibes, The Metropolitan Hotel – Mackay

Loved the show and want to continue the night? Located just around the corner on Gordon Street, a short 10-minute walk away, is The Metropolitan Hotel. This is the perfect place to relax and have a few drinks. Being so close to the Entertainment Centre, it’s easy, convenient, and you don’t have to drive! With all your favourite local brews available on tap, including Pure Blonde, Great Northern and Ruby Tuesday, The Met is a great Mackay bar to top off a fantastic night at the theatre.
Where: 17 Gordon St, Mackay QLD 4740

Still not ready to call it a night? Put your dancing shoes on and check out these 5 bars for party animals.

Have you seen a great show at the Entertainment Centre? Let us know in the comments below!

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