Junior school pupils wowed the crowds as they put on a number of excellent performances of Beauty and the Beast.
The adaptation of the Disney favourite, which focuses on the relationship between the Beast and Belle and their journey to true love, saw boys and girls dress up as characters from the fairy-tale and deliver performances beyond their years.
Kate Horsley was great as adventurous Belle whilst Xavier Porter was very convincing as the tortured Beast. Sam Foster (acting) and Toby Witts (singing) delivered strong performances in a splendid costume as candlestick Lumière whilst Joe Hughes also looked the part as clock Cogsworth. Additionally, Charlie Harrison was the perfect combination of vain and villainy as the main adversary Gaston.
With a cast of over 80 pupils and backstage crew containing choreographers, costume designers and hair and make-up – attendees were swept away on a magical journey as they listened to well-known songs “Be Our Guest” and titular track “Beauty and the Beast”.
Pupil Anna Whitehall said: “it was a really great experience, performing on the stage with all my friends” whilst her classmate Orly Bonar noted that: “it was fun learning lines and watching other people perform.” Another pupil, Georgia Hartley-Denton, summed up it all up when she commented that: “we all had a really good time, helping each other learn the scripts, but much more.”
Thank you to everyone who took part and made the shows so special.