AN AMBITIOUS production of ‘Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ has been described as the “biggest and best” ever tackled by Broomhill Junior School, of Hucknall.
All 177 pupils, aged from seven to 11, took part in the show, which played to packed audiences on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
The event was the realisation of a dream for teacher Robert Bowers, who has wanted to stage the musical since joining Broomhill back in 1995.
He was helped along the way by fellow teacher Sharon Beckinsale-Yates, who has acting in the blood. For she is related to Hollywood star Kate Beckinsale.
The cast for the show was made up of 40 youngsters with character parts, led by Emily Lovett (ten) and Kerry Campbell (11), who shared the role of Joseph.
Kerry’s twin brother, Patrick (11), and Trevell Lindo (11) played the Pharaoh and eight-year-old Callum Chatterton performed as powerful Egyptian Potiphar and Luke Bettridge (11) was Mrs Potiphar.
The production featured a 30-strong choir and other children, on a class-by-class basis, came on to stage to perform in different segments.
The show was based on the stage version that featured former ‘Neighbours’ star Jason Donovan and Broomhill children had been rehearsing for weeks.
In an ironic twist, head teacher Sally Jury helped stage a performance of Joseph in her very first year as a teacher. Now she has come full circle, for Joseph will also be her last production as she retires after 21 years at Broomhill in July.
She said: “It is the biggest thing we have ever tried. It has been a major venture for us.
“The whole staff and parents have been tremendously supportive. For a small junior school it has been quite a mammoth project.”