IT'S a tale as old as time - a beautiful town girl finds herself trapped in a castle with a horrible beast after making the ultimate sacrifice to save the life of her elderly and sick father.
But like any classic fairytale, this story has a little magic associated with it. The castle is inhabited by an arrogant young prince who has been transformed into a hideous beast at the hand of a wicked enchantress who placed a curse on him.
The curse means the handsome young prince will have to remain a beast until he learns to love and be loved in return before the final petal drops from an enchanted rose.
The curse also transformed all of the castle's servants into magical, singing and dancing household items.
Unless their master finds his true love, they too are doomed to live under the dreaded curse forever.
But what begins as a story of hurt and abandonment quickly transforms into a love story, with the young girl and her new friends, the enchanted servants, drawing the cold-hearted beast out of his isolation.
The two fall in love, proving it is what is on the inside of a person which matters most when it comes to finding true love.
The magical story concludes with a heart- warming and classic fairytale ending, as the curse is removed, allowing all characters to return to their normal lives where they all live happily ever after.
We are of course talking about the classic Disney tale of Beauty and the Beast, which will be brought to life on stage at the Ipswich Civic Centre this October.
The stage version, which is being brought to you by Orpheus Productions, by arrangement with Hal Leonard, will leave you spell bound with their amazing scenery, costumes and songs.
You might even recognise some familiar faces, with many up and coming actors and actresses taking to the stage.
This includes 10 students from St Mary's Primary School.
These students were successful in being cast in the ensemble, including two children who will share the role of the adorable teacup Chip, the naughty and mischievous child of the beloved Mrs Potts.
Flynn Bertram, 9 and Hamish McAndrew, 8, both said they were thrilled to share the role of Chip.
"We will be on stage but most of the time we will be in a trolley being pushed around by Mrs Potts," Flynn said.
"But at the end we become a real boy again, so we will do more acting then."
Everyone had to audition for the show, which according to Hamish, wasn't nerve-wracking at all.
"We had to sing a few lines, but it wasn't hard," he said.
The other children from St Mary's will act as villagers or enchanted household items in the performance.
Beauty and the Beast will be performed at the Ipswich Civic Centre on October 13, at 7.30pm, October 14, at 1.30pm and 7.30pm, and October 15, at 1.30pm.
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