Ipswich High School cast delivers another outstanding performance.

After a lavish production of the Disney classic ‘Beauty and the Beast’ last year, the cast and crew for Ipswich High School’s musical production this year took on the challenge of the professional tour version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’. With full professional lighting and sound, controlled by our pupils in the technical team, and a student-designed set, it was a feast for the eyes and the ears, following Joseph’s journey from Cannaan to Egypt and from young dreamer to the Pharoah’s right-hand man. Sydnee Nicholas took on the title role in an engaging and confident portrayal, vocally strong and full of life. The Narrator role was shared between Lottie Smith, Ellie Smith and Emily Burden, who created a trio of glamourous storytellers with beautiful voices, bags of attitude and a huge range of costumes. Comedy was a strong element throughout, particularly from the brothers throughout and their hilarious ‘Canaan Days’. Other notable performances included Jemima Mathers, a clear audience favourite, as a loose-hipped Elvis style Pharoah, Georgia Pooley as a beautifully pompous Potiphar and Marnie Sadd as his glamourous but untrustworthy wife. A real strength of the show was the energy and commitment of the entire cast, particularly the dancers who took on the roles of the brothers’ wives. The entire sung-through production flowed seamlessly through the story with energy and style, a testament to the hardwork and professionalism of the cast, and the audience response has been fantastic. Brian Ralph, previously a Narrator in the professional production and Gemma Pipe, cast member of the current UK tour, came to watch a technical rehearsal and gave some very useful and incredibly positive feedback to the young performers – a perfect start to a hugely successful show week.

Paul Stone, Director of Drama