Customs House Summer School to stage Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Leon McGuinness, who will play Joseph, and Katie Reed, who will narate the show.
Leon McGuinness, who will play Joseph, and Katie Reed, who will narate the show.

A team of young theatre enthusiasts have put together a colourful performance ahead of their show’s launch.

Members of the Customs House Summer School have spent three weeks working on their own production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Leon McGuinness, who will play Joseph, and Katie Reed, who will narate the show.

Leon McGuinness, who will play Joseph, and Katie Reed, who will narate the show.

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s biblical saga will be performed at the Mill Dam theatre in South Shields from tonight until Sunday.

Director Gareth Hunter said: “Rehearsals are going fantastically and the cast are proving just how talented they are every day.

“It’s getting nearer to the curtain going up and they are all so excited to get on stage and perform for the audience.”

The youngsters aged seven to 15 have been working on their acting, dancing and vocals with the team.

I have been astonished by the level of talent and we’re all looking forward to hearing the applause at the end of each performance that they so richly deserve.

Andrew Clarence

Musical director Andrew Clarence added: “It has been a joy to be involved with The Customs House Summer School.

“They may be a small company but what a wonderful sound they make.

“I have been astonished by the level of talent and we’re all looking forward to hearing the applause at the end of each performance that they so richly deserve.”

The lead character will be played by Leon McGuinness, 15, who is a pupil at Southmoor Academy in Sunderland.

The Customs House Theatre Summer School present Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

The Customs House Theatre Summer School present Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

He has previously appeared in a host of productions at the Sunderland Empire and the Royalty Theatre in his home city, as well as shows put on by Zazz dance and performance arts group in Houghton.

He said: “It’s been really good.

“It’s a really good role to play, but it’s quite chaotic because there are so many things going on.

“Rehearsals have been going ok and we’ve been working off script and I think the shows will go really well.”

Long-time choreographer Hazel Pude added: “In my five years of doing the summer school I can truly say this is my favourite.

“The cast have worked so hard and I can’t wait for them to see it pay off. They are absolute stars in the making.”

n Tickets for the show are £11, £9 concession or £34 family ticket and they are available from the box office on (0191) 454 1234 or online from www.customshouse.co.uk.