PHOTO GALLERY - Broadway hit comes to Welbourn - school hopes beastly show will be a beautiful performance

A spectacular theatrical production featuring a cast of over 80 pupils was staged by a Sleaford area school last week.

A spectacular school theatrical production kicks off tonight (Wednesday) featuring a cast of over 80 pupils.

Louis Belkhaddar as Lumiere in Sir William Robertson Academy's production of Disney and Broadway hit, Beauty and the Beast. EMN-150912-155341001

Louis Belkhaddar as Lumiere in Sir William Robertson Academy's production of Disney and Broadway hit, Beauty and the Beast. EMN-150912-155341001

Welbourn’s Sir William Robertson Academy opens its 2015 school production of Beauty and the Beast tonight which runs through until Friday.

More than 80 pupils are cast in their version of the Disney Broadway and West End hit musical.

Beauty and the Beast is a musical based on the 1991 Disney film, which was in turn adapted from the French fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont.

Beauty and the Beast tells the story of a prince who is transformed into a hideous beast as punishment for his cruel and selfish ways, and an adventurous young woman named Belle who he imprisons in his castle.

In order to become human again, the Beast must earn Belle’s love before it’s too late.

Belle is played by sixth former, Sarah Cliffe and the Beast is played by Tom Lane.

Other key parts are played by Ed Fox as Maurice, Nathanial McNarry as Gaston, Charlotte Johnson as Mrs Potts, Ewan Armstrong as Lefou, Louis Belkhaddar as Lumiere, Iona Mowat as Babette, Emma Setchell as Madame De’La Grande Bouche, Joe Statham as Chip, Jack Fawkes as D’Arque and Conor Elliott as Cogsworth.

The cast includes pupils from all year groups and features some fantastic costumes and scenery. The production has been put together by the Academy’s Performing Arts department and led by Emily Bennett, Head of Performing Arts.

Performances take place tonight, Wednesday December 9, Thursday December 10 and Friday December 11 at 7.30pm at the school, with tickets priced at £5 for adults and £4 for children. Some extra seats have just been added and tickets can be bought by calling 01400 272422.