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Beauty meets Beast in Bible Hill

Students rehearse for a scene in the Bible Hill Junior High production of Beauty and the Beast. The show includes a cast of 35.
Students rehearse for a scene in the Bible Hill Junior High production of Beauty and the Beast. The show includes a cast of 35. - Lynn Curwin

BIBLE HILL, N.S. – Julia Deuville finds the character of Belle quite naïve, but realizes they do share common ground.

“We both like books,” said Julia, who is playing Belle in the Bible Hill Junior High School’s upcoming production of Beauty and the Beast. “She challenges the social standard and she’s a bit of a feminist. I understand her point of view.”

For Arpan Kaur, the most difficult part of preparing for the show is just wearing the costume of The Beast, with its large furry head.

“I’m also trying to be scarier than I am in real life,” she said. “I laugh a lot in real life so this is a big change.

“I wasn’t expecting this role. The Beast is a strong character.”

Hayden Payson doesn’t see many good points about his character, Gaston, but he does find it a fun part to play.

“I was a bit skeptical at first, because he’s such a jerk,” he said. “There’s not much to him that’s great, except that he’s physically strong. I’m definitely having fun though.”

Bible Hill Junior High students, from left, Hayden Payson, as Gaston; Arpan Kaur, as The Beast; and Julia Deuville, as Belle, have been busy preparing for their performances in the school’s musical. Beauty and the Beast will be staged April 30, May 1 and May 2.
Bible Hill Junior High students, from left, Hayden Payson, as Gaston; Arpan Kaur, as The Beast; and Julia Deuville, as Belle, have been busy preparing for their performances in the school’s musical. Beauty and the Beast will be staged April 30, May 1 and May 2.

 

The show includes a cast of 35, with many others working behind the scenes.

“By taking part in this we get to know a lot of people we wouldn’t normally hang out with,” said Julia. “It’s a great experience and I’m really excited. I’m really grateful to the teachers and other people who gave their time and did so much work. I think the show’s going to be a blast.”

Beauty and the Beast will be staged at the school April 30, May 1 and May 2 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8, $5 for students.

lynn.curwin@trurodaily.com

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