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Tale as Old as Time

Audiences were left spellbound in Term 1 as Queen Margaret College brought the classic fairy tale Disney’s Beauty and the Beast to the stage.

From magic spells to talking teapots, this year’s production captivated audiences of all ages.

“This was one of the most challenging shows we have ever produced, from sheer scale of size, dramatic content, musical content and the demands of the staging.” Tim Jenkin says.

Based on an old French fairytale, Beauty and the Beast is the story of a young prince who was transformed into a horrible beast by an enchantress.

Award winning director and international improviser Patrick Davies directed the production supported by musical director Tim Jenkin and choreographer Leila Morad.

“It was the first time working with director Patrick Davies,” Tim says.

“This was a great experience and we benefitted greatly from his artistic and creative vision, and his meticulous attention to detail.”

The cast and crew, which included students from Scots College, Wellington College, and St Patrick’s College, Wellington, worked tirelessly throughout Term 1 to bring this story to life.

For Year 13 student Drew Welsby, stepping into the coveted role of Belle was both a joy and a privilege.

“This story was a very big part of my childhood so remaking it on stage was very exciting,” Drew says.

The production featured the animated film’s Academy Award winning score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. The book was written by Linda Woolverton.

Year 13 student Ottilie Bleackley, who played talking teapot Mrs Potts, says the most challenging aspect of the production was choreographing the 60 plus cast on stage for each of the musical numbers.

“Both the cast and crew put a lot of time and effort into this production to give our audience the best performance – it was extremely rewarding to see it all come together.”

Tim Jenkin says this was the biggest cast the school had ever worked with, but they were focused, responsive and committed.

“They deserve a big congratulations for putting together such a fine show in such a short time,” he says.