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Diary of a Drama Queen: Cast of upcoming Brentwood community show Godspell rehearse at The Baytree Shopping Centre

PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 May 2019 | UPDATED: 12:06 13 May 2019

Godspell, which will be performed next year, will have a circus theme. Picture: Niall Carson/PA Archive/PA Images

Godspell, which will be performed next year, will have a circus theme. Picture: Niall Carson/PA Archive/PA Images

Niall Carson/PA Archive/PA Images

Performer 67-year-old Lesley Dunn who has been keeping everyone up to date with the rehearsals for Godspell, tells us about how practicing for the big show went at Brentwood's shopping centre.

Resident Lesley Dunn listened to The One and Only by Chesney Hawkes for 16 hours straigth to raise money for Comic Relief as well as to promote the show Godspell.Resident Lesley Dunn listened to The One and Only by Chesney Hawkes for 16 hours straigth to raise money for Comic Relief as well as to promote the show Godspell.

There was a lot of excitement for one of our rehearsals as we are held it in an empty shop at The Baytree Shopping Centre - I had no idea how big shops are when they are empty!

Plenty of room for us but our musical director Peter Dayson advised us we would just be singing as it might have been too tight for juggling, magic, stilt walking and tap-dancing.

First things first, Carmel Photography was on hand to take our photos for the programme and everybody was looking their best on the day.

Everyone seemed to be loving our rehearsals and it was great to return after the Easter Break and meet up with such a lovely bunch of people of all ages.

After our vocal warm up, we went straight into singing Day by Day with us signing.

I can't help but smile through the whole song - it is so warming and uplifting.

Next, we went onto Save the People which Peter reminded us that Chesney Hawkes will sing in the show.

Every time he mentions Chesney's name I have to pinch myself because I cannot believe I am lucky enough to be in another amazing show with him.

During our break, Lynne Tonbridge, our costume manager, gave us some ideas about making our costumes.

She was telling us that she wants distinctive, individual designs and within minutes she had cut jackets from old shirts, strong man outfits from charity shop clothing and all sorts of fascinating circus attire.

I am feeling inspired and can't wait to start on mine.

Peter was calling us and we went straight into practicing All for the Best with the ukuleles, this is more excelling and uproarious every time we perform it. We gave it our all and I loved it!

Recapping On the Willows sung by the talented Simon Bristoe, he brings tears to my eyes every time he sings this and this time was no exception, he had such an amazing voice.

Refreshing The Lamp with armography, All for the Best, Is There a Man Among You and Beautiful City; wow, those two hours went by so quickly and it was already time to go.

We went off to my sister Andrea's 60th birthday party where my nine-year-old grandson Bobby informed me "Chesney Hawkes isn't the only 'One and Only' you know."

I asked why that is and he replied "Because Aunty Andrea has a card that says 'To The One & Only'" - well I can't argue with that!!

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