THEATRE: Hoping to cast a spell over Congress audiences

Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast

THE Rattonians will be perform Disney family musical Beauty and the Beast at the Congress Theatre from April 20-23.

They will team up with the Rattonian Youth Group to stage the musical.

The story of Beauty and The Beast is of the handsome but spoiled and selfish Prince being turned into a beast by an enchantress, who disguised as a beggar woman, offers a single rose in return for a display of kindness.

The Prince is disgusted by her ugliness and refuses her entry to his castle. The enchantress casts a spell on the Prince and his courtiers, turning him into a repulsive beast as a punishment for his cruelty and changing the others into household objects.

The Prince is given a magic mirror with which to view the world outside the castle and the enchantress leaves him a single rose with the promise that if he found someone to love him, despite his hideous appearance, he would be released from the spell.

If, however, he fails to win someone’s love by the time the last petal fell, he remains a beast for the rest of time.

He thinks the task is impossible but in a nearby village lives a beautiful girl called Belle who loves to read fairytales and dreams of a real-life adventure.

The role of Belle is played by Chloe Shearer with Alex Adams as The Beast (pictured).

Damon Willer plays Gaston, Jonathan Stephens is his side-kick Lefeu and Nikki Brook, Aimee Worrall and Louise Bateman play the ‘silly girls’ desperate to win Gaston’s affections.

The show is directed by Mark Adams, with choreographer Debbie Hackett and Carl Greenwood as musical director.

Evening performances are at 7.30pm with Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets cost from £12.50-£15, call 412000.