Budding actors take to the stage in society's first youth production

Never work with children or animals, is the old theatrical adage.

Tuesday, 16th October 2018, 12:27 pm

And Berwick Operatic Society’s latest production, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, involving 60 children, will really put this theory to the test for directors Lisa Summers and Laura Catterall.

This will be the first youth production for Berwick Operative Society.

Joseph is one of the first musicals by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber and features well known songs such as Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door.

And the society will be performing it on stage at Berwick Maltings from Wednesday, October 24, to Saturday, October 27.

On a break from rehearsals, directors Lisa and Laura told the Advertiser: “We chose this show because it is suitable for a large cast of all ages and we felt those fantastic songs needed an airing.

“Many of the children taking part have never been on stage before whilst others have much more experience, but they are all brilliant.”

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018, the musical is one of the most enduring shows of all time.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a re-imagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, 11 brothers and, of course, the coat of many colours.

The magical musical is full of catchy songs in a variety of styles, from a parody of French ballads (Those Canaan Days), to country and western (One More Angel in Heaven) and calypso (Benjamin Calypso), along with unforgettable classics that have made it into the UK pop charts.

Berwick Operatic Society will also have an award-winner on stage.

Morgan Flannigan, who is playing Joseph, won a NODA performance award for his performance in the society’s last musical, Made in Dagenham.

Two other members of the group were also nominated for awards, achieving runner-up certificates.

Berwick Operatic Society has been going for more than 90 years and its primary aim is to bring the magic of the theatre to local people, by local people.

Joseph will be staged at 7.30pm each night, from Wednesday to Saturday, with a 2.30pm matinee on the Saturday as well.

Tickets are priced £12.50, £10 concs, or £36 family (two adults, two children). There are also discounts for group bookings. To book visit www.maltingsberwick.co.uk

For more information about the operatic society and what it does, visit www.berwickopera.co.uk