There’s less than a week to go before the curtain goes up at Pendley’s Court Theatre on Tring Festival Company’s latest production – a staging of evergreen musical favourite Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat featuring a talented young cast.
It’s the first time that the Tim Rice-Andrew Lloyd Webber classic, originally created for school-age performers, has been staged at Pendley and the Tring team are delighted to have been granted the rights to perform the one-time West End smash.
And they’ve been hard at work to make sure that the show is a worthy successor to last year’s critically-acclaimed production of West Side Story.
The cast are all aged 14 to 18, and the man who has been fitted for the famous coat is 18-year-old Connor Dyer from Waddesdon.
He said: “I have been involved in shows at Tring over the past few years and am absolutely delighted to be given the opportunity to play Joseph
“The cast and all the crew are working so hard to make this really something special and I am so looking forward to the performances”
This year sees the 30th anniversary of Tring Festival Company youth productions at The Court which first began in 1983 with a production of Peter Terson’s Zigger Zagger.
Since then each spring auditions have been held and rehearsals planned, with performances mounted each September.
Over the years many of the youth members of Tring Festival Company have gone on to grace West End and worldwide stages in productions including Les Miserables – both the stage show and the film – Miss Saigon, Starlight Express, Phantom Of The Opera, Tommy, Evita and even the current professional tour of Joseph, currently criss-crossing the country with Ian Watkins (H from Steps) in the lead role.
Coincidentally this production is also being directed by Ian Gower, who originally directed Zigger Zagger back in 1983.
He said “We really do hope that as many people as possible will come to enjoy our production of this wonderful family musical and I am very proud of the hard work that the team has put in.”
But even as the cast take to the stage, plans are being made for next year – next year’s youth production has already been confirmed as Grease.
There are performances nightly from Wednesday to Saturday next week, with a matinee on Saturday.
You can book your tickets by calling 07543 560 478, or visit the website at www.courttheatre.co.uk.