Re­turn to the stage

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Hor­sham Arts Coun­cil new­comer Jessica Du­rant is among cast and crew busily pre­par­ing for Fri­day night’s open­ing of Joseph and the Amaz­ing Tech­ni­color Dream­coat.

Du­rant hails from North East Lin­colnshire in the United King­dom, where she started danc­ing at the age of six.

She be­came in­volved in the­atre at 14 and her first stage role was that of Grandpa Joe in Willy Wonka and the Choco­late Fac­tory.

Du­rant com­pleted singing train­ing at the Lon­don Academy of Mu­sic and stud­ied to grade eight with honours.

She busked and per­formed in bands across Eng­land’s coun­try dis­tricts be­fore mov­ing to Aus­tralia in 2015.

Af­ter fall­ing in love, Du­rant de­cided to set­tle per­ma­nently in Aus­tralia and works in dis­abil­ity and aged care in Hor­sham.

She au­di­tioned for Joseph with a view to re­turn­ing to the stage, but was com­pletely sur­prised to be of­fered the role of the Nar­ra­tor.

“I’m so glad to be in­volved and never thought that I would meet such a great, wel­com­ing group of peo­ple,” Du­rant said. Di­rec­tor Si­mon Dandy said the cre­ative team was blown away when Du­rant walked in for her au­di­tion.

“She had a unique voice and the pres­ence we were look­ing for from the Nar­ra­tor,” he said.

Dandy said the show was com­ing to­gether well.

“Ev­ery­thing is look­ing awe­some, ev­ery­one has been work­ing re­ally hard and it is all start­ing to pay off,” he said.

“We hope ev­ery­one who comes along to sup­port us will en­joy the show, it re­ally has some­thing for ev­ery­one.”

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