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Local Minister takes an important role

15 Mar Local Minister takes an important role

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 14th and 15th April 2018 at the Brentwood Centre

A community production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, one of the most famous musicals of the modern era which celebrates its fiftieth birthday this year, is rehearsing every Saturday at ‘the Church on the Mount’ – and has the Minister taking a key role.

Revd Paul Ellis – or as everyone knows him, ‘Paul’ – took up the position as Minister at Hutton and Shenfield Union Church in 2016 and he took the opportunity to audition for a lead role at the start of the year and was invited to play Jacob (Joseph’s father) and Potiphar (the owner of many pyramids).

Paul explained, ‘The last time I appeared on stage was as Caiaphas the Priest in Jesus Christ Superstar back in 2009. Although some might say I am performing every Sunday.

I worked for the NHS in Torbay for 25 years before training as a Minister, becoming ordained in 2008 in Witham and have not had many opportunities to sing, but when the Director chooses your Church as the rehearsal venue, then the decision was all-but made for me.

It is a fun show, with lots of great tunes – and of course, is based on an original Bible story.’

‘Hutton and Shenfield Union Church is a thriving community venue and was one of few places large enough for our weekly rehearsals,’ said Peter Dayson, the Director. ‘The Church has welcomed us with open arms, even opening the coffee bar especially for us.

It is such a beautiful building that we feel very relaxed and everyone at the Church has made us feel so special.

Paul asked to audition and I had not met him before, but with his rich baritone voice it was easy to offer him the roles.’

April is going to be a very busy time for Revd Paul, the Church is open for children’s activities through the Easter holidays with activities such as Messy Church and a Holiday Club.

‘On top of regular rehearsals for Joseph, I will have little spare time but it I know it is going to be fun. It is great that the whole Church is really behind this exciting community show.”