Beauty and the Beast

Packed Houses Enjoy St Mark’s Production of Beauty and the Beast

The St Mark’s West Essex Catholic School’s annual musical production played to packed houses last week, as children and adults enjoyed splendid performances of Beauty and the Beast, over a two night run. In addition, 250 primary school children, from five local schools, were enthralled and delighted by a special performance put on for them.

Produced and directed by our Head of Drama, Rachel Chisnall, the production was engaging and full of fun. Emma Knudsen was perfect in the role of Belle, James Heinz a suitably fierce, yet sensitive, Beast and both were well supported by strong performances from the other principal players.

The musical accompaniment, performed by staff and pupil musicians under the direction of Sarah Kinsella, brought to life Alan Menken’s beautiful score and the school hall was transformed by a stunning set created by Art Technician Sharon Carroll, with the aid of pupils from Year 7-13. Mrs Carroll brought characters to life by designing and making some very imaginative costumes.

With a cast of 52 across all age groups, who had rehearsed after school and at weekends, the production gave actors, singers, dancers and musicians a special opportunity to showcase their many talents.

Rachel Chisnall said, “The extremely enthusiastic response from visiting primary school pupils and the paying audience exceeded all my expectations and I am incredibly proud of all those who were involved in the production.”

Thank you to all the staff, parents and pupils who supported this wonderful occasion

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