Monday, 28 September 2020

Joseph star’s good luck message to young actors

CHILDREN at a Peppard Primary School have been sent a good luck message for their summer production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat by Phillip Schofield.

They had asked the This Morning presenter, who starred in the West End show in the Nineties, to come and see their version at the Kenton Theatre in Henley next week.

Schofield, 52, declined due to other commitments but said he wished the children good luck.

As part of their campaign, the Church Lane school’s Springwood class set up a Twitter page and sent letters to the presenter, who lives in Fawley. They also sent a video of themselves singing songs from the show.

Teacher Rachel Hudson said: “Phillip is a local celebrity and we knew he had done a lot for the Kenton Theatre so we thought it would be a perfect opportunity to ask him to come and give them some support.”

The class travelled to London for a school trip and sang songs from the show outside Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street.

Miss Hudson said: “It was raining so we didn’t manage to sing outside the This Morning studios but we sang a few of the songs elsewhere. There were so many tourists around and I don’t think they could work out quite what was happening.”

She said the children were looking forward to performing at the theatre. “They have worked so hard,” she said. “Phillip visiting would have been the cherry on the cake but it has been a really nice community project and the fact that the children are getting up on stage will be enough.

“They loved being part of the campaign and it was great to incorporate different types of IT.”

Years 5 and 6 will play the main parts while years 3 and 4 will be in the choir and the foundation class children will dance.

Miss Hudson said: “There is singing through the whole play so it’s quite a big thing for the children. They have done amazingly well and picked it up quickly.”

Indigo Gow, 11, who will play Mrs Potiphar, designed the posters, flyers and tickets for the production.

She said: “I like all the scenery we have made for the play and how it’s modern but set in ancient Egypt.

“We wanted Phillip to present the play or come and give us some advice because he was Joseph in the West End show. The trip to London was really good. It rained a bit but it was still really fun.”

A spokeswoman for Schofield said: “Thank you for the invitation to attend Peppard Primary School’s summer production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

“Unfortunately, Phillip already has prior diary commitments on that date and will therefore not be able to make it on this occasion.

“Thank you again for the invitation, and we wish the children all the best with the production.”

The show is at the Kenton on Tuesday.

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