Beauty and the BeastThe Ellen Wilkinson School has a long history of staging ambitious performances and shows. This year we decided to take on a Disney classic, Beauty and the Beast, well loved by so many and we hope to do it justice tonight. We began the rehearsal process in February and were overwhelmed with the array of talent displayed by so many of our students. This is probably why we have over eighty students taking part in the show in front of the curtain and behind the scenes. We have also continued to build on the fantastic student orchestra that has gone from strength to strength. In this "tale as old as time" a selfish young prince and his castle's servants fall under the spell of a wicked enchantress. The enchantress turns him into the hideous Beast until he learns to love and be loved in return. One day, the spir-ited, headstrong village girl Belle enters the Beast's castle after he imprisons her bumbling father Maurice. With the help of his enchanted servants, including the matronly Mrs. Potts and the exuberant Lumiere, will Belle be able to draw the cold-hearted Beast out of his isolation? We are immensely proud of our students and all they have accomplished.