A colourful performance from bright young stars

Cast of Joseph at the Opera House, including Ian 'H' Watkins from Steps (centre)  and local children who are the choir for the show.
Cast of Joseph at the Opera House, including Ian 'H' Watkins from Steps (centre) and local children who are the choir for the show.
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These young performers are dazzling audiences at the Opera House as they star in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat this week.

The choir from Michael Hall Theatre School has been offered the opportunity to sing alongside Steps star Ian ‘H’ Watkins as he takes on the lead role in the musical.

And they’ve received applause from the auditorium for their contribution.

They are starring alongside Fylde coast performer Jenni Abbotts, who is one of the dancers in the production, having sung in the choir when she was a youngster attending the same theatre school.

The 23-year-old from Garstang said it’s a dream come true to be able to perform in Blackpool.

She added: “I’m thrilled we were able to bring Joseph to Blackpool and I have had the chance to do what I love in the town where I grew up.

“There’s definitely no better stage to perform on than the one on my home turf.”

Her old singing teacher, Michael Hall, said: “It’s the ultimate to see people like that.

“My job first and foremost is for people to get as much enjoyment out of singing as I have. Second they get better. And third, if they become professional it’s a bonus.”

The theatre school, based on Preston Old Road, Blackpool, has provided young singers for a number of Bill Kenwright’s shows for around 15 years, including Jesus Christ Superstar and Dr Doolittle too, but the school’s founder says Joseph is one of the best for youngsters to be a part of.

Mr Hall added: “The theatre school has been doing Joseph for Kenwright productions since the book of Genesis. We’ve done around 130 performances.”

This week sees 64 children, aged between six and 14, joining Ian ‘H’ Watkins and a stellar supporting cast on stage for the show, performing in two teams of 32.

The singing teacher said: “It is absolutely the most fantastic show for the children because there are so many children in it.

“They really get to see what it’s like to be a professional performer.”

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat plays at the Opera House until Saturday.