Wolverhampton students to entertain audiences with Beauty and the Beast

Around 60 students will be entertaining audiences in Wolverhampton with their latest school production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast.

The Highfields School's year seven to nine pupils will perform the fairytale musical between Wednesday and Friday.

Around 60 students, aged between 11 and 14 years old, are involved with the production and have been in rehearsals since the summer.

Sharon Bishop, head of performance at the school, said: "We do two performances every year, this is our lower school production which involves our years seven to nine. It is a smaller production in the terms we don't have a live band but we have more students involved.

"We have approximately 60 students involved in the production of Beauty and the Beast. They have been working since the summer, having weekly rehearsals. Rehearsals have been going really well and everyone has worked really hard after school and during half term.

"We are doing three performances and we have triple cast the principal characters so we give the students lots of opportunity.

"It is based on the shorter version of the Disney musical. It is only an hour long. It is pretty much the same as the Disney cartoon version but with a couple of narrators. It is the story everyone knows.

"Audiences can expect lots of singing and dancing, bright costumes, enthusiastic performances and lots of fun – it is a really sweet story."

Shaan Bahia, 14, and Josh Molloy, 15, star in Highfield School's production of Beauty and the Beast

Performances at the Boundary Way-based school will start at 7.30pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

For tickets, visit www.hswv.org.uk/box-office.

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