A twist on “Beauty and the Beast,” Epiphany Catholic School presents its own creation, “Beast & Briar Rose.”
Written by Vicki Paine and Lauri Wilkie, the show was last performed in 2003.
It follows the Beast from childhood. His heart grows cold, and Briar Rose transforms him into a creature as ugly on the outside as he is on the inside.
Most of the townspeople are not so different from the beast, but Beauty is kind-hearted. Eventually, she trades her freedom for her sister’s and wins the affection of the Beast, warming his heart.
More than 150 K-8 students have roles in the production. Older students have speaking lines, and little ones sing in the ensemble.
“It’s really crazy,” said Wilkie, who directs the show. “It’s a lot of fun.”
An array of songs – some with tweaked lyrics – tell the story. Students sing everything from Broadway hit “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” to “Sesame Street” classic “Rubber Duckie.”
“They seem to love it,” said Wilkie, who’s been directing shows at Epiphany for more than 30 years.
Performances take place at 7 p.m. April 28 and 29 at the school, 11001 Hanson Blvd. NW, Coon Rapids.
There is no cost to attend the production; an offering will be collected.