INTERVIEW – Helen McNaughton, child singer in Joseph

At the Edinburgh Playhouse

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat returns to the Edinburgh Playhouse tonight for a short run with Keith Jack taking the lead role.  One of our mini-Spotlight Fringe reviewers is appearing as a singer and we caught up with her ahead of tonight’s first performance.  Let us introduce you to Helen McNaughton.

Hi Helen, can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m 12 years old and in first year at Senior School. I love to cook, and drama is a fun hobby for me. I go to Captivate Drama at the weekends and our school does quite a few productions.

How did the opportunity of performing in Joseph at the Edinburgh Playhouse come about?

The opportunity came about when I received a letter about auditions when I was in P7. I did the audition and I heard a couple of weeks later that I would perform at the Alhambra Theatre in Dunfermline in May 2010. We did lots of rehearsals to prepare after school on Fridays and sometimes at weekends.

I enjoyed going to Dunfermline – I don’t think I’d been there before. The star of the show was Craig Chalmers, but I liked Keith his understudy too. My favourite bit was when our headmaster bought us all ice creams when it was warm.

But The Playhouse is a bigger venue, do you think will you be more nervous?

I don’t think I’ll be more nervous because I’m used to performing to big audiences and we’ve practised a lot.

Are you looking forward to meeting Keith Jack, the star of this production of Joseph?

Yes, I’m really looking forward to meeting Keith Jack as I think he’ll be a great singer as well.

Would you like a career on the stage, or just happy performing from time to time?

I think a career on stage would be quite fun, but performing from time to time would be good too. Maybe I’ll get to be a TV chef one day and combine the two!

Best of luck Helen – break a leg!

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