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March 26th 2018

"West End Worthy"

Described by Mrs Bland, parent of a Year 7 pupil as “truly worthy of the West End; the girls’ acting was flawless and the singing was simply divine! I had no idea that a school production could be so professional,” the last three nights of the Spring Term ended on a truly high note for Cobham Hall girls as months of hard work paid off and their production of Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ was received with much acclaim. 

This year’s choice proved incredibly popular, with the Gilt Hall packed every night with friends, family, staff and guests, and a waiting list to boot! A glance around the Gilt Hall saw the excitement for the show, as little "Belles" came to support their older sisters.   

Those arriving early had the chance to get into the spirit with a Medieval Fayre in East Court before the show. Staged by a team of Sixth Form students and led by Miss Lambert, the Fayre included a coconut shy, apple-bobbing and face-painting – a must for those little princesses!

Each girl in the production played their part splendidly, and it was a joy to see usually reserved pupils, such as Tara, Year 7, who played Cogsworth, play their part with such confidence and dedication.  Equally inspiring were Sixth Form duo Harriet and Saskia, Gaston and Le Fou respectively, who frequently had the audience laughing with their incredible sense of comic timing.  Of course, our leads, Britta as the Beast and Bonnie as Belle were simply spellbinding.

One new member of staff, teacher Mrs Claire Ruby, was astounded, saying, “I only started working at Cobham Hall this term as a Drama tutor and have been blown away by the talent I have seen.  Beauty & The Beast was absolutely enchanting, and the cast were exceptional. Each and everyone gave it their all, the lead roles were extremely talented, the backstage crew worked their socks off, the music was beautiful and the show was an absolute joy to watch!”

The performance was certainly a fairy-tale ending for the Year 13s who will be leaving us this year for the next stage of their education.

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