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SJHS students' colourful musical takes stage Thursday to Saturday

by April Cunningham - Wednesday, April 13, 2011

This article is courtesy of Telegraph-Journal

The stage at the Saint John High School auditorium is sure to be bursting with colour this week with the production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Some of the members of the cast of the Saint John High School production of 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' are shown during a dress rehearsal on Tuesday. "If you could sum it up, it's the colour," said Elise Sanderson, 17, one of four narrators in the musical. "The lights, the costumes, the music, the energy, it relates to everything. Everything is just so colourful."

The biblical story about Joseph, Jacob's favourite son, is brought to modern life with bright costumes and cool music, added Moriah Russell, 15, another narrator, who will help sing the story to the audience.

"It's a completely sung musical," she said.

A chorus and band of students and professionals perform the tunes, which include a mix of country, calypso, reggae and other genres in the traditional Broadway show.

Directed by Tracy Lutz and musically directed by Trish Gallagher, the show hits the stage Thursday at 8 p.m., with additional performances both Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.

"What Trish is able to do with the kids in terms of harmonies and beautiful melodies is really, really impressive," Lutz said.

"Musically it's great, visually it's great. The costumes are fantastic and the kids are really excited. So we're looking for a great show."

Students also built and painted the set, with many parent and staff volunteers helping out with the costumes and design.

Gallagher herself plays piano in the band, and others play such instruments as the banjo, the accordion, flute, trumpet and drums.

"It's non-stop entertaining," Russell said, adding the show is perfect for families.

"There's always something going on. There's no scenes where it's boring to watch."

The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical follows the story of Joseph, found in the Book of Genesis. The character is a dreamer and is given a colourful coat by his father. But his brothers are jealous and Joseph is sold into slavery.

He eventually ends up in jail until the Egyptian pharaoh discovers Joseph's talent for interpreting dreams. The pharaoh makes Joseph his second-in-command and the brothers end up in Egypt, where the family is happily reunited.

The musical encourages the viewer to believe in their dreams, Russell says, but it's more about being entertained.

"It's fun for us to play someone who's not who we are," the Grade 10 student said. "It's fun because you don't have to be who you are every single day."

Reserved ticket prices are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Tickets at the door are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. Call 658-5358 for more details.

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