SLIDESHOW: School putting on a Beauty of a show

FOUR nights of spectacular entertainment are on the way as a school invites audiences to be their guest for a retelling of a Disney classic.

More than 100 students from English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, in Hartlepool, will be taking to the stage for four nights this week for a production of Beauty and the Beast.

Dancers (left to right)Lucy Kelly, Charlotte Hodhson, Beth Brownless, Amy Napper, Phillipe Harrison and Fiona Walker.

Dancers (left to right)Lucy Kelly, Charlotte Hodhson, Beth Brownless, Amy Napper, Phillipe Harrison and Fiona Walker.

Students from Year 7 to Year 13 will be performing, playing in the orchestra or working behind the scenes during the performances, which run from tonight through to Thursday.

Tomorrow’s show has already sold out but there are still tickets available for tonight’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s shows.

Auditions took place for the production in early September and the students have been rehearsing for three nights a week since then.

The school’s version is based on the Disney classic, which tells the tale of beauty Belle who falls in love with the Beast, who is actually a handsome prince who has been transformed into the hideous figure as punishment for his selfish ways.

Rachel Hunt plays the part of Belle and Ian Hope takes on the big role of the Beast.

Director of the production, Debbie Hayes, who is English Martyrs’ lead teacher for drama and performing arts, said: “We decided on Beauty and the Beast as the school has never staged a Disney show and we also wanted a contrast to the very successful We Will Rock, our last show.

“Due to the outstanding talent and creativity of our students at English Martyrs we are able to give them any show no matter what style and they work tirelessly to make it outstanding.

“Beauty and the Beast is a family musical that is enjoyed by both young and old.

“Those who come along will see the full-scale version of the show with lots of high-energy musical moments such as Be our Guest and Gaston, not forgetting the beautiful signature number Beauty and the Beast.

“We have incorporated into our show original footage from the movie via two large projector screens either side of the stage.

“To give our audience a true Disney experience we have hired professional set and costumes, which has also helped the students really get into their characters.”

The show starts at 7pm each night and tickets, priced £4, are available from the school office or by calling (01429) 273790.