It was the best to be their guest

Charlotte Central School students in grades 6 through 8 danced, sang, growled and glowed as the cast of “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” from April 4-6.

Seventh grader Charlie Taylor intimidated and ingratiated as the cranky-beast-turned-besotted-prince, and eighth grader Rory McDermott was fortunately typecast in the role of Belle, a fierce book-loving beauty with a big heart who isn’t afraid to speak her mind.

Students practiced for months learning lines, singing and dancing under the direction of Lindsey Baldwin and Monica Littlefield. The cast performed roles from silly girls to silverware to teapots, and 11 students worked as the crew.

Photos by Chea Waters Evans