Juniors prepare to tread the boards

A MUSICAL set 300 years in the future will be performed by one of Ipswich's best known and loved theatre groups this week.The Co-op Juniors will be taking to the stage at the Corn Exchange to perform We Will Rock You - the hit musical that celebrates the music of Queen.

A MUSICAL set 300 years in the future will be performed by one of Ipswich's best known and loved theatre groups this week.

The Co-op Juniors will be taking to the stage at the Corn Exchange to perform We Will Rock You - the hit musical that celebrates the music of Queen.

The show, which stars tomorrow will mark the regional premiere of the musical, which was written by comedian Ben Elton.

The show is currently on stage in the West End and was released to a limited number of amateur companies to perform.


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The musical celebrates the music of rock group Queen and Freddie Mercury and the remaining band members collaborated with Elton on writing the production.

Pauline Walker, of the Co-op Juniors, is one of the directors of the show.

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“It is fantastic music of course, because it is all Queen,” she said.

“There is lots of sound and lighting effects and all sorts of other things, so actually it is a complicated show to do but the young people in the cast have had a ball. Anybody who likes Queen music will really enjoy the show.”

And while it will be the cast who be singing and dancing their way through the show, Pauline said she hopes the audience will be warming up their vocals too.

“A lot of the music is adaptable and you can join in with it, these are songs that everybody knows and we hope people will join in.

“I must admit, I've never been a fan myself but doing this show has really changed my mind and it is such inspirational music and I've realised how much I do know all the songs.”

The Co-op Juniors are known for their ambitious productions and amongst the song and dance routines in We Will Rock You, there will also be a Harley Davidson motorbike and a car sliced in two on the stage.

Other recent productions by the Juniors have included Fame: The Musical last summer and Les Miserables in 2005 as well as the popular Christmas Spectacular shows at Snape Maltings.

The Co-op Juniors will be performing We Will Rock You at the Ipswich Corn Exchange from Wednesday until Sunday, June 24.

WE Will Rock You is set 300 years in the future, in a time where instruments and live music are

banned and only a few rebels can remember a time of live performances and real bands.

The all powerful Globalsoft Corporation controls everyone's lives, forcing them to listen to the

same downloaded music comprised of synthesized pop.

However, rebellion brews and the young Galileo and Scaramouche could be the heroes needed to

help everyone to rediscover themselves and live music.

CURRENTLY in its fifth year of performances in London and with productions also playing in Switzerland,

Germany and Japan, We Will Rock You has been seen by more than five million people around the world.

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