‘A tale as old as time’ set to be performed on Lowestoft school stage

Students from BBMA prepare for Beauty and the Beast

Students from BBMA prepare for Beauty and the Beast - Credit: Archant

A Lowestoft high school is set to take audiences on a magical Disney journey next week.

More than 115 students will be taking to the stage at Benjamin Britten Music Academy for three performances of its end-of-year show, Beauty and the Beast, which is being billed as 'an all singing, all dancing performance of one of the most famous love stories of all time.'

The academy is inviting audiences to the enchanted world of Beauty and the Beast for its annual summer production. A spokesman for the academy, in Blyford Road, said: 'A tale as old as time, as certain as the sun, a story that reminds us that love transcends all. 'Let the candle light flicker, the clock quietly tick and the tea brew. A world of wonder and magic awaits you…'

With only days to go until the curtain is raised, Benjamin Britten Music Academy is preparing for one of the academic highlights of the year. A total of 117 students from all year groups have auditioned and been successful in securing roles in the school's summer production with a further 15 students in the technician crew.

Rehearsals have been under way for the past 10 weeks and the staff and students have worked tirelessly to bring this Disney classic to life.

Head of Expressive Arts Corinne Breen said: 'The staff and students have worked so hard to bring the Disney magic to our school. I am so privileged to work alongside them and showcase their talents to the community. This has been a wonderful year for Performing Arts with the Children in Need performance, Rock Challenge and now this all singing, all dancing Disney classic.'

With student choreographers, the technical and backstage crew led by Mr Chapman and students involved in both costume and make up design for this production, it will be the first held in the brand new state-of-the-art theatre.

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As in previous years, a professional set has been hired for the occasion, which will include flame throwers, glitter and smoke cannons. Along with professional stage costumes, this performance promises to be 'truly spectacular,' according to the spokesman.

With all members of the community welcome to show their support for all of the hard work and energy shown by the students and staff in this production, tickets are currently on sale from the school reception at £7 each.

'So with Belle wishing for more than this provincial town, an enchanted castle and a cursed Beast looking to find love in his heart – we ask you to Be Our Guest and enjoy every moment of the Disney magic here at Benjamin Britten Music Academy,' the spokesman added.