A TALE as old as time arrives at Henley-in-Arden School this week as the curtain goes up on Beauty and the Beast.
A cruel Prince, cursed to spend the rest of his life living in a fantastical castle with the animals he callously hunted, finds salvation in the heart of a beautiful girl. Caught stealing a single rose, Belle’s desperate father exchanges his youngest daughter’s freedom for his own life.
In his distant castle the Beast, stripped of his handsome features and his very humanity, must win her heart, or spend the rest of his life in bitter solitude. Witness transformations, wild waltzes, soaring birds and a relationship between Belle and the Beast that is at first terrifying, but ultimately serene and beautiful.
More than 50 students from the school, which is an academy of Performing Arts, perform three shows from tomorrow (Tuesday, February 5th) until Thursday (February 7th) at 7.30pm in the school hall.
Sarah Blythe, Director of Performing Arts at Henley, said: “Bonjour! It’s cold, it’s February, and there’s a dismal rather than a Disney feeling in the air…BUT, Madame and Monsieur, allow me to introduce myself as Lumiere, the light fantastic, and I invite you to bask in the glow of Beauty and the Beast at Henley in Arden School.
“Step into a magical story that is locked in all our memories since it was first told 100’s of years ago! Why not take a seat and enjoy the dance, the music and the sheer spectacle that is that rare confection of talent, tunes and Tres Bien! Let me invite you to book your ticket to the feast, to be our guest at Beauty and the Beast!”
The show is open to the public and tickets, which are £8, can be purchased by calling 01564 792364 or on the door – subject to availability.
Photographs of the production will soon be available to purchase from Dave Fawbert.