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ST CATHERINE’S Catholic College students will present Beauty and the Beast, the musical, at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre (PEC), during April.

There are three shows scheduled on April 28, April 29 and a matinee show on April 29.

Beauty and the Beast is the story of an egotistical prince who, along with his servants, is cursed to be a hideous beast until he learns to love.

Belle visits his castle to save her father and, with the help of the castle servants, works to help the beast love again before the last petal falls from the enchanted rose.

St Catherine’s Catholic College brings to life all the beloved characters of this timeless tale, through a talented and strong cast, along with some new and innovative creative story telling ideas in order to retell the classic tale of ‘love against the odds’.

The Beauty and the Beast musical will be the first musical performance held at the PEC, with previous shows always being held in-house, at the school.

The college invites the community to come and sing along to their production of the 1991 Disney romantic fantasy film, which has been in rehearsals since last year.

More than 30 students, ranging from Year 5 to Year 12, make up the ensemble either playing instruments, being cast in the dance troupe, or shining in a lead role.

College cultural middle leader P-12 and musical director Mrs Betsy Atkinson praised the work of the many students and staff involved in putting together the production.

College principal Luke Thomson said college musicals were another way the college aimed to provide every student with the opportunity to shine.

“The opportunity for our students to perform at such a professional venue is one that our students will treasure and look back on with great pride for years to come,” he said.

The college teamed up with St Mary’s Catholic School, in Bowen, for the show, and teachers and students from both schools are working on the production.

St Catherine’s communications and publications officer Aimee Mitchell said the support from the school community was what made the wheels go around.

“Thank you to all the cast and crew backstage, but also our parents because they’re the ones that ferry the kids to and from rehearsals, so they’re sort of the unsung heroes in all of this – without their support it wouldn’t happen,” Ms Mitchell said.

For tickets contact the PEC on 4945 0405 or visit www.proserpineentertainmentcentre.com.au.

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