FORGET Disney as far as Beauty and the Beast is concerned.
Later this month, performance art students at Sheffield College in Norton have come up with their own version.
The show’s director and drama teacher Jo Beadle says: “This is a very unusual take on Beauty and the Beast - it bears no relation to the Disney version. There is a lot of magic in this version - a lot of incredible ingredients and it is quite spooky in parts - but it has universal appeal.”
The first published version of the fairytale was by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve. The story is based on the daughter of a merchant who is the subject of the beast’s affections.
Norton College’s production is a slick interpretation of Laurence Boswell’s play version of this well-known fairytale. And students involved in the production have worked on every aspect of the show, including the costume, stage set and the acting.
“The production stars students from the second year of their Foundation Degree in Performing Arts. They spend about six weeks on a production from start to finish,” said Jo.
And if you think that’s fast, the degree students do a ‘play in a week’ as part of their studies.
There are 60 students on the drama course at Norton, including BTEC students and degree students.
“It’s brilliant working with the students because they want to go into the business,” said Jo, who trained as an actress at the Bristol Old Vic.
“The students studying drama are so lively and exciting and that will come across in Beauty and the Beast.”
Beauty and the Beast will be performed at Norton College on February 28, February 29 and March 1.
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