Press Release by Albert College
In its tradition of artistic excellence, Albert College has brought their version of the classic French tale, “Beauty and the Beast/ La belle et la Bête” to life on stage at the Parrott Junior School. With familiar songs and a bilingual component, the play followed two enchantresses, a selfish prince and the intelligent Belinda on a journey through the town and the countryside.
As the story goes, Belinda and her father, Henry Beaumont, find themselves learning to farm after Henry lost his fortune. Henry became lost in the forest on his way back home and was held captive by the Beast until Belinda rescued him. The castle attendants encourage Belinda as she adjusts to her new life living with the Beast. A tale of friendship and accepting one’s differences result in the spell being broken and everyone living happily ever after.
This is the first time the Albert College Junior School has organized a full school production and the students from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 6 have worked hard to know their lines and remember all of their actions. Albert College welcomed parents, grandparents and community members to watch the matinée show on Wednesday, May 23 and the evening production onThursday, May 24.
“This project has been a huge undertaking that involved every student from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 6 and was a full team effort with our faculty and staff,” explains Junior School Principal Crystal Shea. “I am struck at how each student comes alive in the spotlight in his or her own special way with opportunities like this to be both creative and confident.”