Juniors set to rock Ipswich

IPSWICH'S Co-op Juniors will be rocking their way onto the stage this summer with the regional premiere of a major musical production.

IPSWICH'S Co-op Juniors will be rocking their way onto the stage this summer with the regional premiere of a major musical production.

The Juniors, who are one of Ipswich's best known and loved amateur dramatic groups, are set to become the first group in East Anglia to perform a specially adapted version of the musical We Will Rock You.

The musical was written to celebrate the music of rock group Queen and was written by the remaining band members along with comedian Ben Elton.

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.

Now, a special adaptation of the show has been created for schools and amateur companies.

The Co-op Juniors will be performing the regional premiere of this adaptation at the Ipswich Corn Exchange in June.

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The group is known throughout Suffolk for their ambitious and successful productions, such as Fame The Musical last summer, Les Miserables in 2005 and the Christmas Spectacular shows at Snape Maltings in December.

We Will Rock You features 32 of Queen's biggest hits and Co-op Juniors co-director Pauline Walker said the group are looking forward to being back on the stage.

“We're promising high octane entertainment, spectacular staging, classic rock and a great fun evening,” she said.

“The cast is already in rehearsal, and there's a real buzz about this new production. We're extending the stage and adding a full rock'n'roll lighting and sound rig, so it's an ambitious production.”

The Co-op Juniors will be performing We Will Rock You at the Ipswich Corn Exchange from Wednesday June 20 until Sunday June 24.

Performances will be at 7.30pm from Wednesday to Saturday, with a 2.30pm matinee on Saturday. The Sunday performances will be at 12pm and 4pm.

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.

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