Coinciding with a Hollywood release, Ecole Mother Teresa School’s Grade 8-9 students will be putting on a production of Beauty and the Beast on March 14 and 15.
“We are really excited to be putting on this show,” Co-Director Maria King said. “It’s a student led production so the students are in charge of their costumes and scene creation. They have been working really hard for the last two terms to put this together.”
The production of Beauty in the Beast was only coincidentally made alongside the soon to be released Disney version.
“It was completely coincidental but it turned out really well and to our benefit,” King said.
The production is part of an educational option that students have the opportunity to participate in.
“Performance Theatre is a two-term course and it is an option course meaning we only have it every other day,” she said.
This means that students often put lots of their own time into the production.
“A lot of weekends and evenings are spent learning lines on their own and rehearsing,” King said. “We have been doing after school and weekend rehearsals for the better part of a month. We will be running up to the show.”
The show will be many of the student’s first time performing in a theatrical production.
“This is a group of Grade 8-9 students, so students in our production last year may have a little experience,” King said. “It’s the first time for many, but a lot of them have done youth theatre in other capacities.”
King encourages the Town of Sylvan Lake to come out and support these students and watch the production live.
“It will be an amazing performance,” King said. “The students have worked very hard for the last several months on this. Despite the jitters, it’s coming along very well.”
The show is open to the public and costs $5 for an individual or $20 for a family. The show begins at 7 p.m. on both nights.