WITH a crash of drums and a flash of light, a group of young actors will be retelling a colourful story to help celebrate a theatre groups’s diamond anniversary year.

2013 sees Letchworth Arcadians reach its 60th year with youth wing Young Arcadians marking the milestone by performing Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

A full-length rendition of the musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice will light up the stage at St Christopher School in Letchworth GC from Wednesday, February 20.

Jamie Dear heads up the cast as Joseph, wearing his coat of many colours in a show which is jam-packed with an energetic mix of music and dancing for all the family.

The biblical tale is almost completely told through song and dance, featuring a wide variety of memorable musical numbers including Any Dream Will Do, Song Of The King, Go, Go, Go Joseph and Close Every Door.

“Rehearsals have been great fun, the kids have really enjoyed the challenge of this show as it has been a different musical for us as there are really no scene changes or dialogue and one song leads straight into the other,” said director David Walker.

“The whole show is told through many musical styles ranging from country through to rock and roll and pop, so there really is something for everyone. We are really excited to be performing at St Christopher’s School in Letchworth and hope you can join us for a fantastic night’s entertainment.”

More than 30 children will take to the stage at the school’s theatre in Barrington Road for nightly shows at 7.30pm which run through to Saturday, February 23. A matinee performance at 2.30pm will also be performed on the final night.

Tickets cost £12 or £10 concessions and can be booked via www.letchwortharcadians.org.uk or by calling 07511 519387.