Beauty and the Beast - Rehearsal
(Posted on 09/06/17)
“TALE AS OLD AS TIME”
Christleton High School in Chester is preparing to present its first musical production of the year when Beauty and the Beast opens on 20th June 2017. Following on from their successes in recent years with Billy Elliot, Our House, Lion King, We Will Rock You and many more, a cast of over 70 are ready to bring to life the Disney classic which, of course, has recently been turned into a brand new live action film. Based on the original Disney animated film, this Broadway Junior version features all of the hit songs and memorable characters.
As always, Christleton High School set the bar high with their musical productions and this latest venture is no exception. Having commissioned professionally-made costumes and with their usual attention to the technical aspects of lighting and sound, the show is set to be a feast for the eyes and ears!
Leading the cast are Year 9 students Alice Watkinson, Charlie Doyle and Michael Dean as Belle, The Beast and Gaston respectively. This is the first time in a principal role for Alice and Charlie, so Director, Simon Phillips, could not be more delighted with their performances. “There are a huge number of talented students in this school and we are so lucky to be able to produce an entire show for just our three younger years, before our older students present theirs in November. Alice, as Belle, has a huge amount of responsibility for leading the story and she delivers a beautiful performance complemented by her superb singing voice”, he said. “The show has laughs, tears, excitement, drama and something for everyone of all ages.”
For the first time, this year, the production crew for the musical are also from the same three-year groups. Mr Phillips said “This year we have been able to provide opportunities for those students who are interested in taking on a crew or production role and almost 40 of them will be taking on responsibilities for lighting, sound, stage crewing, costume, props etc., under the guidance of our visiting professionals.
Final rehearsals are well underway and the school are presenting Beauty and the Beast from 20th – 24th June 2017. Tickets are available from the Box Office button on the school website at www.christletonhigh.co.uk.
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