The blog I was going to post has been pretty much written for me. Here’s what we found on page 3 of the Bolton News this morning.
‘THE Beast is back — in a show that promises to be a real family affair.
Twins Alex and Ben Clift, aged seven, and mum Elinor, of Hardcastle Gardens, Bradshaw, are all appearing in a stage version of Disney favourite Beauty And The Beast, which begins its run tonight at the Albert Halls
The budding actors even went up against each other for the same role — Chip Potts the teacup — with Alex landing the part.
Ben will be part of the ensemble, gracing the stage in various roles including a villager and Sugar Lump.
Bolton Premier Productions first performed Beauty And The Beast in 2010.
Mrs Clift, aged 33, who is playing Babette the feather duster, said: “It was hard because they both wanted to go for it.
They were both really good and Ben was so nearly there. At first he was very sad.”
But now both boys, who are pupils at St Maxentius Primary School, are excited about their roles in the classic fairytale which tells the story of Belle and an enchanted prince.
Alex, who is the older than Ben by one minute, said: “I can’t wait to say all my lines correctly and be pushed around the stage in a trolley. I was so sad we couldn’t both be Chip — I know that Ben would have been just as good.”
Ben said: “I’m enjoying the dancing and the singing and can’t wait to get up on stage in front of my friends and family.
“I was disappointed I narrowly missed out on being Chip, but I’m really glad they still wanted me to be in the show.”
Both the boys, who are keen footballers and play for Turton Tigers, decided to audition after their mum appeared in the same show in 2010.
Mrs Clift, who runs a voiceover company with husband, Phil, said: “I was in it last time. They both loved coming to rehearsals with me, and they were only five then. This time, when the auditions came up again they were both really keen to get involved.” ‘
Thanks, Bolton News and reporter Melanie Wallwork.
Well, tonight we’re off to see the show – with all four of them: even Phil, Ellie’s husband, has his part to play. He voices the ‘Ealth and Safety announcement at the beginning. No wonder we had to come to England to be part of the audience.