Amazing chance for schoolboy Charlie

Charlie Hope of Morpeth, who is taking part in the production of 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' at Sunderland Empire this week.
Charlie Hope of Morpeth, who is taking part in the production of 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' at Sunderland Empire this week.
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A MORPETH schoolboy is enjoying another taste of the big stage this week.

Charlie Hope, a Year 8 student at Newminster Middle School & Technology College, is among the choir members taking part in Bill Kenwright’s touring production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Sunderland Empire.

He has already performed at the venue in 2009, as one of the injured children and in the choir for the musical Evita. This show also ran at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle.

The 12-year-old got the parts as a member of the Stagecoach Newcastle theatre school, where he gets one hour each of acting, singing and dancing lessons on Saturdays.

“I’m really looking forward to it and there’s nothing to fear because I’ve been on stage at the Sunderland Empire before,” he said.

“I’ve heard the main songs for Joseph, but I haven’t seen the musical so it will be fun to see it and be part of it.

“I also do some acting at school and in January I was in the Snow White panto as one of the two hunters sent to kill her.

“It was really cool performing in front of my friends.”

Charlie hopes to be part of future productions at King Edward VI School when he moves up to the high school.

He is already thinking about studying Performing Arts at A-Level.

Dad David Hope said: “Charlie has always had a budding acting talent and he very much enjoys his lessons at Stagecoach, which has been great for his development.

“The family are very proud of what he has achieved and we’re looking forward to seeing him perform again at Sunderland.”

The musical runs at the Sunderland Empire until Sunday.