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TY students take to stage for Beauty and the Beast

The Transition Year cast of Beauty and the Beast. Photo Credit: Elizabeth McGuinness.
This article originally appeared on ThisIsArdee.ie

The Transition Year students of Ardee Community School take to the stage once again next week for their annual TY prodcuction – with this year’s students producing the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast for a three night run.

Each year, the students from the school put on a musical performance as part of their TY programme. Last year, pupils starred in a production of High School Musical and in 2014 they performed Hairspray. Previous years have also produced shows based on Grease and The Sound of Music.


This year – led by TY co-ordinator Paula Conlon and musical director Amanda Lane, the students will take to the boards in Ardee Parish Centre for performances on Thursday May 4th, Saturday May 6th and Sunday May 7th. Leading the cast are Zoe Myles as Belle and Kevin Weldon as the Beast.

They’re joined in an emsemble cast – made up entirely of students – by Trevor Matthews (Gaston), Conor McMahon (Lumeire), Nathan Leavy (Cogsworth), Daragh Carroll (LeFou), Eileen Clarke (Mrs Potts), Cathal Fleming (Maurice), Benjamin Carrie (Chip), Michaela McKenna as Babette and Tara McGuinness as Madame De La Grand Bouche.

Additionally, Niall Levins plays Monsieur Darke and there are performances from Jasmine Bishun, Dyonne Matthews, Abbie Bargh, Chloe Bargh, Shona Kelly, Megan Walsh and Katelyn Cushen. We’re told there’s some amazing singing voices among the cast – and there’s plenty of humour too, so it’s not a show to be missed!

As ever, all posters, programmes, props and costumes have been produced and designed by the students and staff at the school. It is sure to be a great night’s entertainment – and pupils, family and friends are all invited to come along and enjoy the show.

Tickets cost €12 and are available in the school’s office. The performance gets underway at 7:30pm on Thursday and Saturday (doors open at 7pm) and 7pm on Sunday (doors open at 6.30pm).

Check out some photos from the launch of ACS’ Beauty and the Beast below.

Michaela McKenna as Babette and Conor McMahon as Lumiere.
Cathal Fleming as Maurice and Zoe Myles as Belle.
Daragh Carroll as LeFou and Trevor Matthews as Gaston.
Benjamin Carrie as Chip and Eileen Clarke as Mrs Potts.

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