After a year of planning, rehearsing and all manner of artistic creativity, St Bride’s Hall was transformed into fairy-tale France, home of beautiful Belle and the fearsome Beast.
This year’s show was directed by Mrs Greig and Mr Collins with musical direction from Miss Brown, supported by Mr Fleming, whilst Mr Grafton took on the role of sound engineer. Opening in a burst of colour and song, the villagers and silly girls introduced us to their ‘provincial life’. Belle dreams of adventure and escape but little does she know her wish is to be granted. When she sets out to rescue her father (played with hilarious eccentricity by George H) she finds herself imprisoned in the Beast’s castle!
As Belle, Marianne R beautifully captured her adventurous spark and compassion; finding it in her heart to love the Beast, played with glowering ferocity by Christopher C. However, the course of true love is never smooth. The boorish Gaston (a scene-stealing Oscar J) with help from his sidekick in swagger, Lefou (a brilliantly comic Calum V) is determined to make Belle his bride.
At the castle, the Beast’s servants work their magic to make a home for Belle; Lumiere the charming candlestick (Mathilde M and Lucy H), trusty Cogsworth the clock (Tom M), feathery flirtatious Babette (Olivia I), singing diva Madame de la Grande Bouche (Robyn F) and of course, motherly Mrs Potts (Clementine P and Lucy F) and her son Chip (Andrew M and Honor G). Meanwhile, in the village tension mounts, the angry mob gathers, and Belle must fight to protect her friends and family.
Katie H, Olivier M, Beth M, Safwan S, Pippa S, Olivia M, Isaac M, Liam R, Archie F-B, Alistair G, Cameron B, James L and Abdul M did a fantastic job as wolves, dinner services and villagers. Gaston’s devoted female fans (Orla G, Ruby E, Iona R and Romy T) were suitably silly and we can’t forget Holly A as the mysterious enchantress whose spell teaches the beast an important lesson about kindness, and the menacing Monsieur D’Arque (Alex M).
Both nights, narrators Fergus MacE, Gabrielle O, Josh F and Minnie T did an excellent job keeping the audience apprised of the plot between the action and musical numbers. Lighting expert Jack O created a magical atmosphere on stage, helped by our set and costumes team (thanks to Mrs Robertson, Mrs Aitken and Mr Greig). Thanks also to stage managers, S6 pupils Iona G and Miriam E. A final thanks to everyone who came to enjoy the show.
Congratulations Transitus One and Two, it was a great pleasure to be your guest!
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