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WITH a crash of drums and a flash of light, Joseph the musical swept onto the stage at Upton Primary School this week.

Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Tim Rice’s classic musical has been brought to life by 45 youngsters from years three to six, for three performances this week.

Year four teacher Becky Hancox, who co-directed the production with teacher Lee Benstead, said she “could not be more proud” of the children, who have been preparing for the show for six months.

She said: “We held auditions in October and every child who wanted to take part was given a part. The children have really upped their game over the last couple of weeks, the dress rehearsals were fantastic.”

Joseph is played by year six pupil Travis Cross, who stood out to the directors for his natural flair for drama.

His coat took special needs assistant and “excellent seamstress” Sharon Danby, three days to make.

Miss Hancox said: “Sharon made all the costumes and they are outstanding. I can’t wait to see everything come together on stage. It will be lovely to see the culmination of everybody’s hard work.”

The show features sing-a-long classics such as Any Dream Will Do and includes a full choir.

Headteacher Paul Franklin said: “It’s a great show. When you think that it’s coming from a primary school it goes beyond the bounds of expectation.”

The final performance of Joseph takes place at the Waggon Lane school tonight at 7pm. Limited tickets may be available on the door.