First musical in church history

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Boston Spa Parish Church staged its first musical in the church’s history last week when pupils from St Mary’s CE Primary School performed Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

More than 40 children from the school took part in the production which saw the ‘new’ sanctuary (the former chancel for the choir) of St Mary’s Church converted into a stage with projected backcloths for a lively performance of the popular West End production.

The children held four performances through the week for family and members of the local community, and parish priest Father Peter Bristow said it was a wonderful way to bring the people of the village together.

“When we decided to remove the choir pews of the church a few years ago there was concern about such a major change.

“But since then we have held many concerts and recitals and now for the first time a complete musical which has drawn in people from many different parts of our community.

“I am delighted that it was our own church school who staged the very first musical. It has been a wonderful celebration of diverse talents, “ Father Peter said.

Jan Alexander, headteacher from St Mary’s CE Primary School, said the children had been working on the production since May.

“We normally put on a performance at the end of the school year, but our school has grown in recent years and our school hall is no longer big enough to do justice to a show like Joseph.

“It was great to be allowed to bring it into St Mary’s Church, and the move also allowed us to put on an extra performance especially for the wider village community.

“The children have worked so hard in rehearsals and the acoustics inside the church were fantastic. I was very proud of the school, it was a wonderful show and it would be lovely to stage another musical here in the church again in future.”