YOUNG budding actors met the professionals from Beauty and the Beast at the Kings Theatre, Southsea.
Joe Taylor, eight, from Fareham, and Kerry Worlsford, nine, from Havant, chatted with Belle – Emma Wilson – and The Beast, played by Paul Clements.
The special meeting happened backstage during the interval of one of the shows by the Portsmouth Players.
The children recently took part in the theatre’s half-term drama workshops.
These sessions were based on the story of Beauty and the Beast, so they were chuffed to have the opportunity to meet the real characters.
Sandra Smith, from the Kings Theatre, said: ‘The children were so excited.
‘They enjoyed meeting the main characters and getting to stand on the stage.’