Berkhamsted Group, Prep | 11.05.2023

Prep Musical: Beauty and the Beast

Prep Musical: Beauty and the Beast

Last week saw Centenary Theatre treated to a wonderful performance of Beauty and the Beast, as the whole of Year 6 brought the classic tale and accompanying songs to life. With rehearsals beginning in January all involved, from Director Mrs Turnley to the cast and crew, have been hard at work for quite some time. Last week’s performances clearly demonstrated the value of practise and perseverance and the rewards that these values can bring, as across a dress rehearsal to local schools and two performances the cast gave a fantastic, utterly committed performance. It was also obvious that those on stage, whether they were a principal role of part of the ensemble, were having a lot of fun too – the value of this in drama is not something that should be forgotten.

With principal roles played by a different pupil in each act, and multiple whole cast numbers, there was plenty of opportunity for a range of pupils to shine and to display their acting and performance skills. All of this took place against an incredible set, put together by Mr Cross and was accompanied by the music of the band, led by Mr Melling and Mr Noithip. Meanwhile Miss Carr and Mrs Brown both worked incredibly hard as musical director and choreography respectively.

Whether it was sound, lighting or working backstage, the show was a great example of the power of collaboration, as staff and pupils from across the Prep School, Senior Schools and Sixth all contributed to the performance. Many of the costumes and props were put together by the talented parents of pupils involved, making the show a truly group effort.

Mrs Turnley commented ‘we were all blown away by the children’s energy and commitment during show week. They learnt a great deal about the discipline required both on and off stage. The songs are still being sung in the corridors by the Year 6 children and will be remembered for a long time to come’.



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