Clifton church to put together musical production in six days

The first West End production of ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ was in 1973.

An ambitious project, that aims to prepare and put on a musical production in under a week, starts tomorrow at a local church.

St James Church, located at Cambridge Street in Clifton, is holding a production of Baron Andrew Lloyd Webber and Sir Tim Rice’s musical ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ next week.

The church is looking for volunteers from Year 3 or above at school to come along and take part in the production.

The main role of Joseph is still open, and the church is looking for other performers – including actors, singers and dancers.

They are also requiring young backstage hands, as they will be making costumes and scenery for the production.

Preparations start tomorrow

Preparations for the production start on Monday 22 August at 10am – which will include auditions, rehearsals, costume making and set design.

The production will be performed publicly at St James’ Church on Saturday 27 August at 7pm.

The play is based on the Biblical story of Joseph in the Book of Genesis and confirmed performers include the recently formed Clifton Youth Choir.

Reverend Abi Thompson, the vicar of St James Church, said: “St James has a strong musical tradition, and is working particularly hard at the moment to provide a place where young people can make music together in a way that is fun and allows children from across the community to make new friends.

“The Clifton Youth Choir was launched in January 2011, and the ‘Joseph’ project seemed a good way of providing a holiday activity to bring together current members of the choir and potential new members who love to sing songs from the shows and dance and perform.

“I visited schools before the holidays began to talk about the project and encourage people to get involved.

“There seemed to be lots of enthusiasm – [we are] just hoping they haven’t forgotten about it.

“We have volunteers already planning costumes and set designs, and the collection of brightly coloured fabric to make the ‘Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ is going well.”

A community project

Reverend Thompson said that the production is a way for getting young theatre enthusiasts involved a community project.

She added that, although putting together a musical production in under a week is a challenge, the project will demonstrate their skills and talents to Rotherham residents.

“[It’s] terrifying. But I think the people of Rotherham are up for a challenge,” she explained.

“It’s an opportunity to create something incredible in a week – to be part of a real challenge, which will truly be something to proud of. It’s a chance to meet new people, too.

“I know how the summer holidays can begin to drag at this stage. I’m hoping it will provide something really different to do.

“We need loads of energy and enthusiasm, and a whole range of gifts and talents.

“It’s not just actors and singers, but backstage hands and costume makers, set designers, and people who are good at making sure there is always a cup of tea available!”

Any young volunteers, who are interested in taking part in the production, should turn up at St James Church on Monday 22 August at 10am, where roles will be found for everyone.

There will also be no admission charge for the public performance, but attendees can make a donation towards the cost of the project.

For further information about the play, contact Reverend Thompson on rev.abi.thompson@gmail.com or 01709 363082.

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This news story was self-published in August 2011.

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