If there’s one thing you can guarantee it will be that Longridge Towers junior department’s latest show will be a colourful affair.
The school’s pupils have been building quite a reputation for themselves over the past few years thanks to impressive productions of the likes of ‘Oliver’ and ‘The Adventures of Mr Toad’ and now they’re turning to the work of musical theatre great Andrew Lloyd Webber.
‘The young thespians will give performances of ‘Joseph & his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’ at the school on February 12, 13 and 14 and have been busy getting to grips with a songbook that includes ‘Jacob & Sons’, ‘Go Go Joseph’ and the musical’s calling card ‘Any Dream Will Do’.
The latter sees Paxton’s Sacha Cuningham take centre stage in the title role and she told ‘WOW’ she was loving the whole ‘Joseph’ experience.
“We’ve worked really hard but it’s really brilliant.
“Everyone enjoys their part and we have lots of fun. It’s been tricky but it’s all worth it. We love it!”
Playing Joseph’s dad Jacob, is 11 year old Murray McGregor who like Sacha said he was really enjoying being part of the show.
“I like acting and I like singing so Jacob is a really good role for me. I get to sing on my own in three songs which I’m really excited about.
“I’ve seen the film version of ‘Joseph’ a few times and I went to see a production of it at the Edinburgh Playhouse.”
Longridge’s very own Pharaoh for the occasion, Callum O’Reilly, also thought he’d get a head start on rehearsals by going to see the show . “ I went to see it in Newcastle with my dad- it was really, really good I loved the songs.
“‘The Pharaoh’s Song’, my solo is a fantastic - plus I get to wear a costume like Elvis in his Vegas days- it’s a dream role!”
As one of the production team, drama teacher Mrs Maddock has been guiding the children through the all singing, all dancing musical and said they had gone about their task with real gusto. “It’s been a huge team effort- we’ve even had teachers making camels and palm trees!” she joked. “Seriously though it has involved a lot of work.
“We chose ‘Joseph’ because we wanted to challenge the children by doing a full musical. We’ve got a really good group of singers in the year groups so we wanted a show that would show that off. And whether they’ve got a lead role or are in the chorus the kids have put their heart and soul into it. It’s so nice to see them be so appreciative of each other’s talents.”
Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals are known for their demanding musical scores and taking the children up and down the octaves has been the job of music teacher Mrs Cheer, who like Mrs Maddock, said the children had done her proud so far.
“What they have bucket loads of is enthusiasm. Even the ones who aren’t technically the best singers give it their all.
“And Sacha is an ideal fit for Joseph as she has such an angelic voice.”