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Students bring 'Beauty and the Beast' to life

New Life Academy's production of "Beauty and the Beast" will debut Nov. 10 at the school

New Life Academy is inviting everyone to be its guest for the school's fall musical -- "Beauty and the Beast," which debuts Nov. 10.

The musical tells the story of a prince who has a spell put onto him and transforms him into a monstrous beast. His castle is also put under a spell, which turns all of his servants into objects. The only way the spell can be broken is if "the Beast" can find true love, which is where the female protagonist Belle comes into the picture.

"The kids have wanted to do the play for a long time," director Carole Brumley said. "We thought it would be fun."

Brumley said putting on the production of "Beauty and the Beast" has been a challenge since there are so many pieces that go into the show.

Brumley said the costumes and set have taken on a life of their own.

"It's been quite the undertaking for everyone involved," she said.

The school has been working on sets and costumes since the start of the school year.

"We were going to rent a bunch of things," Brumley said, "but, we ended up making all our own."

Brumley said her cast of 57 has done an amazing job getting into their characters.

"My leads are awesome," she said. "They are absolutely embracing this idea of becoming a cartoon character."

Brumley said she is expecting many of the shows to sell out because the production is such a classic and a favorite of so many.

"It's the story of a horrible person transforming into someone beautiful because of love," she said. "Anytime there's a story of complete transformation it's good.

"Plus, the fact that they knew it as a kid brings back happy memories."

New Life Academy's production of "Beauty and the Beast" runs Nov. 10-12 and Nov. 18-19 at 7 p.m. and 2 p.m. Nov. 20. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for students. Tickets can be purchased online at or by printing an order form at that same site or at the school 45 minutes prior to each performance.

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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