A brilliant performance from the cast and crew at Levin Little Theatre has put to bed that terrible old showbiz maxim to never work with small children or animals.
Among the talented young cast of Beauty and the Beast Jnr was a lamb called Mikey, whose cameo performance wasn't too baaaaad at all.
Mikey was being raised by one of the young cast, Mya Romijn, who managed to convince director Faith Watters that her pet deserved a shot at the big time.
There was no pulling the wool over anyone's eyes, though. There were conditions to the contract, just in case the excitement of showbiz and the adulation of an adoring crowd left Mikey feeling free to ad-lib.
Mya said Mikey had to wear an adult nappy each time he went on stage.
"It's just in case he does a wee or a poo," she said.
Mickey was just a week old when the show was postponed due to another outbreak of Covid-19. The cast kept practising and singing via Zoom, and were ready to take the stage as soon as lockdown restrictions eased.
During that time Mya said Mikey had grown really big. He was 10 weeks old now.
"I think Mum's been overfeeding him," she said.
At home and away from the bright lights of showbiz, Mya said Mikey preferred to sleep outside and was best mates with Misty, the family dog, even though they sometimes playfight.
"Misty softly bites him and now Mikey headbutts Misty," she said.
Meanwhile, the five Beauty and the Beast Jnr opening shows at Levin Little Theatre at the weekend attracted good crowds, with performances to match.
Cast and crew could be proud of a stunning show that featured singing and acting performed to emotive music and visual backdrops.
It followed the old Beauty and the Beast fairy tale with themes that show how vanity and cruelty are overcome by inner beauty and good deeds.
Kudos went to main characters Beast (Noah Watters) and Belle (Emma Conway) for their commanding performances, with Gaston (Miles Harrington) also brilliant in his portrayal as a self-absorbed villain.
The entire support cast were equally as good, which included Lefou (Kahu Newston), Cogsworth (Alrich Hoffman), Lumiere (Leo Arnault-Martin) and Mrs Potts (Amber Rollinson).
Lavara Makutu, Paige Vazey, Abi Harrington, Taylah Harvey, Abigail Sage and Myah Snow played the party of the "Silly Girls" and deserved mention, as did Neil Hoffman, Gwen O'Callaghan, Imogen Williams, Elissa Westerby, Danica Rowan, Verde Kjestrup, Eden Makutu, Charlotte Schleuss, Lillian Wardle, Isabelle Montague, Millie Allen, Holly Montague and Anais Chambers.
Meanwhile, as can happen in showbiz, there was a sound malfunction partway through the Sunday matinee.
But the show must go on, and Amber Rollinson as Mrs Potts received a rousing ovation for continuing regardless, bravely singing a solo song "a cappella" without the expected musical accompaniment.
Beauty and The Beast Jnr continues at Levin Little Theatre this weekend with a show on Friday night, two shows on Saturday, and a matinee show on Sunday.