Young thespians nominated for award for Joseph

James Malone as Jospeh with Jeffrey the Camel during the Centre Stage Company show
James Malone as Jospeh with Jeffrey the Camel during the Centre Stage Company show

A performance of Joseph by budding young thespians has been nominated for a top regional award.

Joseph, which was performed by Centre Stage Company with a cast comprised entirely of under-18s, has been nominated for ‘Best Youth Production’ accolade in the East Anglian region of the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA).

The show was directed and choreographed by Sue Webber, 69, from Clare, who has been directing shows for close to four decades, though this time she was joined by daughter Jane Baillie, 41, from Stanstead, as co director. The music for the show, which was a sell-out last April, was directed by Karen Chinery.

“We were very pleased with the nomination as it’s a reward for all the hard work and enthusiasm of the class,” said Sue.

“We had around 40 youngsters aged between nine and 18 who were all very dedicated and worked extremely hard as they threw themselves into the performance.

“They were very self reliant throughout the show, moving the scenery and props themselves. It worked incredibly well and they had to be responsible for the younger ones too.

“It’s very satisfying to get my first nomination as this was a special show and the first I’ve done that I felt so emotional after.”

Sue’s next project is a performance of Footloose, popularised by the 1984 film and 2011 remake, which will be on in October featuring slightly older youths (up to 20).

Centre Stage is currently performing The Pied Piper – call 01440 714140 for tickets.

Showings are tomorrow (Saturday, January 26) at 1pm and 4.30pm, Sunday (January 27) at 1pm, Thursday (January 30), Friday (January 31) and Saturday (February 1) at 7pm with a 3pm matinée on the Saturday (February 1) too.

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