Tyndale Christian School present 'Beauty & the Beast Junior' playing at The Tyndale Christian School Auditorium from August 18th-20th. It is based on the book by Linda Woolverton, with music and lyrics by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice and adapted from the 1991 movie. It is a beautiful representation of the Disney classic.
Produced by Dani Potter, directed by Andrew Hawkin and musically directed by Stacey Webb, Tyndale Christian School has presented their school production with professional quality. No expense has been spared on the creative set and stylish costumes in this production.
Starring Trinity Witzman as Belle, Caleb Tilley as The Beast, Nic Fontanelli as Gaston, Jackson Morton as Lumiere, Cassie Wilson as Mrs Potts, Ethan Bishop as Chip, Danielle Dullard as Madame La Grande Bouche, Josh Hariz as Cogsworth and Emily Benham as Babette.
Beauty & The Beast is the story of a selfish prince who lives in a beautiful castle. One night he is selfish and refuses to offer an old woman shelter from the rain. She transforms into a beautiful enchantress who casts a spell on the castle. The prince is transformed into a beast and only when he falls in love and experiences love back will the curse be broken.
The special effects and set design behind this show were incredible and that of a professional production. When it began I was transported back to my childhood to one of my favourite Disney movies. Belle (Witzman) walked through town with a book and a voice that could stop an entire village. This year 9 student was made to play Beauty. When she sings 'Belle' at the start of this production, she had the audience excited about what was to come.
Caleb Tilley did a great job playing the Beast. He presented a perfect replica of the Disney character, who fans can't help but love. The emotional connection between Tilley and Witzman was way beyond a school production.
Nic Fontanelli was a great Gaston. It's hard being followed around by a pack of girls on the stage. When he sang 'Belle' and acted out the scenes from the Disney classic, it was hard to remember this was a school production. Fontanelli and Riley Bassett, who played Le Fou, made a great team. Bassett had the audience laughing along with his quirky character and silly skits.
The show would not have been the same without the vocal stylings of Cassie Wilson as Mrs Potts. She had a beautiful voice and a lot of solo lines. She was watching over Chip throughout the production. Ethan Bishop had a hard job playing Chip. bouncing all over the stage and that final line 'Do I still have to sleep in the cupboard' just melted the audience's heart.
Lumiere (Jackson Morton) and Cogsworth (Josh Hariz) had big roles in this production. Morton's solo 'Be Our Guest' was exceptionally done and the costumes along with the dance moves made this a standout number. Watching all the kitchen dishes dance around the stand to the voice of Morton was beautiful. Hariz was the beast's right hand man. He was the one to tell him how to act, what to say and how to win the girl. Cogsworth is smart, established and always well presented as was Hariz in this role.
Emily Benham was great as Babette, she was fun, energetic and happy. Her connection with Lumiere (Morton) was very well done. I loved how she spoke exactly like Babette from the Disney classic\. Danielle Dullard as Madame La Grande Bouche 'The Wardrobe' was great to watch. She had an amazing voice that really stood out throughout this production.
Director Dani Potter said "It is a privilege working with such a great group of young people who are full of potential, joy, unpredictable energy and passion. No matter the role each child is valued, trained and encouraged to reach their full potential both individually and corporately."
Overall Beauty and The Beast by Tyndale Christian School was a great recreation of the Disney classic story. The children in this production have a bright future ahead of them in the theatre industry. There is already so much talent for such a young age and when they are encouraged by their teachers, peers and parents there is nothing they can't achieve.
Don't miss your chance to see 'Beauty and the Beast Junior' come to life at Tyndale Christian School this August.
Dates & Times 7:30pm on August 19th, 20th at Tyndale Christian School Auditorium