Richmond School pupils to stage Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Narrator Sophie Montgomery rehearses for Richmond School and Sixth Form College’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Year 7-13 students from Richmond School and Sixth Form College will be joined by year 4, 5, and 6 pupils from Richmond Methodist School in an extravagant performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

The Sir Tim Rice and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber classic will be staged at 7pm from December 13-15 with a matinee on the Tuesday.

More than 120 performers and backstage crew have rehearsed for months under the direction of head of drama Ian Henderson.

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Musical director and professional musician Andy Wardale has honed the orchestra to perfection with the support of music teacher Stephen Boyd. Stephen Birdsall has polished the students’ drama skills while chorography has been perfected by head of dance Danni Fox.

The starring roles will be taken by narrator Sophie Montgomery and Stefan Wardale as Joseph, who will wear a coat made by sixth former Eleanor West.

Mr Henderson said: “This has been a true community collaboration and we are expecting stunning results.

The production has been complex, challenging and rewarding involving a cast and crew of 120, from adults to very young children, who have all proved equally dedicated and talented.

Friends of the school and the whole creative arts team have been magnificent boosted by the enthusiasm all the students have shown. We can’t wait for the curtain to rise to showcase our efforts to the community.”

Stefan said: “I have absolutely loved the whole experience and am really looking forward to being in the spotlight for real.”

Sophie added: “The age range has been amazing yet we have all pulled together because we have had a common aim – to stage a showstopper. It has been so much fun.”