JOSEPH and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will unleash an explosion of colour thanks to a talented cast of youngsters.
Pupils at Admiral Lord Nelson School in Copnor are bursting with excitement ahead of their premiere on Monday of their production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic, which they have directed and choreographed themselves.
Josh Macey, 15, who plays the title role, said: ‘I’m feeling nervous and excited – a year ago I’d never even been on stage so this is a big step for me.
‘It’s a huge role that has been made famous by a lot of celebrities, but I’m putting on a new twist – I’m hamming up the cheese and having fun with it.
‘There’s a lot of singing, dancing and acting which is a lot to take on but I’ve been practising hard and I can honestly say I’m relishing the chance of getting on stage.’
Seventy 11 to 16-year-olds have been rehearsing since October for their school’s biggest-ever show, which is open to the public.
The majority of the actors and backstage crew hope to pursue careers in the performing arts sector, which they say has heightened the level of commitment and dedication.
Director Natasha Rose, 18, a former ALNS student who volunteered to direct the show in her gap year, said: ‘This may not be a professional production but every single person involved wants to do something in the performing arts for a career, and they have what it takes – so the level of talent is phenomenal.
‘Everyone has worked so hard which has made my job an absolute pleasure.
‘I’m so proud of everyone and I hope we have a good audience turnout – I promise they won’t be disappointed.’
Choreographer Lucia Cook, 15, who is also playing the narrator, added: ‘The dancers were so good I even invited them to choreograph some of the dances.’
The show runs until Wednesday, March 30. Performances start at 7.30pm and tickets cost £6 (adults) and £4 (concs).