Talented performers bring fairytale musical to life

Trinity Academy students have undergone a transformation to tell “a tale as old as time”.

Sophie Christie as Beauty and Ben Gillatt as the Beast

On Wednesday and Thursday this week, the whole school production of the Disney classic Beauty and The Beast enjoyed tremendous success and saw students take on roles of a beast, a teapot, a candlestick and a plethora of kitchen accessories.

Set in a fairytale kingdom, the musical tells the story of the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realise the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.

Sonny Gutteridge as Lefou and Oliver Page as Gaston

Our students brought this vivid and challenging material to life with vigour and vibrancy. They took the audience from the safety of the village green, through the treacherous forest to the danger of the Beast’s enchanted castle. The musical numbers were performed with passion and uplifted the audience. Meanwhile, the dancers provided visual spectacle with their energetic choreography. The actors all inhabited their characters with clarity and really gave us the sense of this fairytale world.

Melanie Cutler, head of performing arts at Trinity, said: “I am humbled by the work ethic, talent and sense of team spirit which was displayed in every single rehearsal and performance. Our students gave everything, ensuring that our audiences got far more than their money’s worth!

“They rose beyond expectations and proved to themselves just how truly capable they are, giving them greater self-confidence and belief.”

We clearly could not do something like this without the full support of the Performing Arts Department, our technician and the many other members of staff who kindly gave their time willingly. Thank you to all involved.