The Creative Arts Faculty at Charters School has built quite a reputation over the past few years with their annual stage shows, and this year has been no exception.

 As the students got back into the swing of things after the two week half term, more than 80 students from Years 8 to 13 donned their ball gowns and pantaloons as they travelled back in time to bring Belle and her friends to life in this heart-warming musical.

The cast began rehearsing in September to become the well-loved characters we all remember from the Disney films, learning not just lines but also energetic dance routines and a highly sophisticated musical score.

Students at the Sunningdale school are encouraged to become involved in all areas of extra-curricular life and the show enabled students to experience not only the creative arts, but also the roles of sound and lighting technicians.

Mrs Belinda Preston, Co-Head of Drama, was extremely proud of the entire cast and crew, saying “their hard work never ceases to amaze me. We have such a talented group of students, and they have risen to the challenge of this demanding musical through their dedication and passion for performance. Our crew has also been fantastic, making this show look as slick and professional as possible.”

Amy Utting, who played Belle said, “having the opportunity to work with the different year groups on this show is something really special. I thoroughly enjoyed playing Belle, as she is such an iconic character. The whole experience has been very rewarding.”