Performance arts students rom Chesterfield College are poised to go one step beyond their usual plays by staging a musical for the first time.
Next week’s presentation of Our House will be the first time that the college has staged a full-length production at the Pomegranate Theatre.
The jukebox musical is packed with Madness songs and hits the Pomegranate on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 17 and 18.
A company of 45 includes students from the college’s second year BTec performing arts course in the cast and first-year students on the same course helping out with props, organising sets and costumes.
Performance arts lecturer Kerry Dooley, who is directing Our House, said: “”This is their last show before going off to university and is a very special production for us.
“It has been very enjoyable working together. They are a professional ensemble that utilise every moment of their time to get the show together.”
Fellow lecturer Becky Langford, who is choreographing the production, said: “Our House is in the Guinness Book of Records for the most quick changes in a performance. It is a very technical show.
“The students have really enjoyed the music, I think we have created some ska music fans.”
The story focuses on Joe Casey who attempts to impress his new date by breaking into a building, But when the police arrive his world is split down the middle - the good Joe who helps, the bad Joe who flees.
Jordan Stanbrook, 21, of Hurst Farm, Matlock, plays the lead character Joe and is on stage throughout. He said: “It is the first musical role that I have ever played; it is fun but extremely challenging and I get very hot. I am not worried about the dancing or singing but that am going to be dripping with sweat. “
His leading lady is Lucy Campbell, 17, of West Street, Eckington, who plays Joe’s girlfriend and aspiring lawyer Sarah. She said: “I always play boys - and Sarah is very different to anything I have ever done. She is really girly which I am not. Playing a 16-year-old who is emotional and finding life hard is difficult….I don’t remember being like that.
“I love the show and I love how close we have become. A lot of people have come out of their shell so much.”
Performances of Our House take place at 2pm and 7pm on Tuesday and 7pm on Wednesday. Tickets £10; to book, contact www.chesterfieldvenues.co.uk or 01246 345222.