Disney’s classic “Beauty and the Beast” was staged last week from Monday, November 28th to Saturday, December 5th with a matinee on Saturday last. This production was an extravaganza of music, drama, song and dance, which had something for everybody in the family. Musical numbers such as “Be our guest”, “If I can’t love her”, “Home”, “Something there”, “Human again” and “Beauty and the Beast” entertained a full house each night. Each performance provided an evening full of excitement, drama and song, with orchestral musicians (including our own students) providing a live band for each performance. We were delighted to have some of the C.B.S. students playing male roles such as the Beast, Le Fou and Maurice. Playing the lead characters of Belle and Beast were Aoife McLoughlin from 5th year and Conor McCormack from Transition Year. The story of Beauty and the Beast is a classic love story. All who work in the Prince’s castle have been placed under a wicked spell which has turned the Prince into a Beast and his servants into household utensils. These include a candelabra (Lumiere -Zara Hunt), a clock (Cogsworth -Niamh Shanagher), a teapot (Mrs Potts – Hazel Murray) and a wardrobe (Madame de la Grande Bouche – Amy Curley). Only when the Beast finds someone to truly love him, despite the efforts of Gaston, played by Áife Feeley, can the spell will be broken. This production featured state-of-the-art costumes, props and backdrops, beautiful solo numbers, exciting group choruses, dramatic choreography complimented by a full-bodied sound from the choir and live orchestra. Director and Producer was Mrs. Margaret Madden and the Musical Director was Ms. Siofra Byrne. Choreography was taught under the expertise of Ms. Fiona Madden along with her assistants Eimear Collier and Aoibhe Tiernan from 6th year. The production team have been working tirelessly since August preparing the cast of over 100 students. This was a whole-school production, where the entire staff body has been lending their skill, knowledge and support.