Little Falls Community High School Drama and Music departments will present the musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 4-6, at 7 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes before the performance.
The musical originated in 1967, when Alan Doggett, a music teacher at Colet Court school in Hammersmith, was planning an Easter end of term concert. Doggett approached Andrew Lloyd Webber, an older brother of one of his students, and asked him to write a pop cantata, suitable for a school choir. Webber asked Tim Rice to write lyrics for the project, and thus the story of Joseph was born. The first performance was only 15 minutes long, but it was a success and quickly received more performance opportunities and a music review. This 90-minute fully sung musical boasts a string of different styles of songs that keep the show moving. Some big hits include, “Any Dream Will Do,” “Close Every Door” and “Go, Go, Go Joseph.”
In the biblical land of Caanan, Joseph is the favorite son of Jacob. As such, he encounters the jealousy of his brothers who object to his dreams in which he is the hero and the brothers have to pay homage to him. They arrange to have him killed and to prove his death, show their father the multi-colored coat smeared with blood. In fact, Joseph has been sold in slavery to the household of Potiphar who has him thrown in jail as he objects to the attraction between his wife and Joseph.
Joseph’s ability to interpret dreams is relayed to Pharaoh who has started to have a series of dreams. Joseph foresees seven years of full harvests to be followed by seven years of famine. Joseph is put in charge of preparing for the years of famine and, just as prophesied, the dreams came true.
Back in Caanan, the famine affected Joseph’s family too. The brothers travel to Egypt to find work. They go to Joseph who recognizes them but they don’t recognize him. They bow down before him (just as foretold in an earlier dream). Joseph has a score to settle though and after giving his brothers grain, he hides a goblet in Benjamin’s sack. Benjamin is accused of theft. The brothers plead for Benjamin’s release from custody and Joseph relents and then reveals himself as their brother. The ending is a happy one.
The cast includes 80 elementary through high school students. A professional pit orchestra, directed by Kevin Stueven is guaranteed to impress the audience. The tech crew, consisting of more than 10 kids, is working tirelessly behind the scenes to make the entire experience come to life.
Camilla Larson is the musical director, Barbara Bright is the Kids Chorus director, Emileah Most is the choreographer and Nancy Henderson is the costume designer.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. All seats are reserved seating. Tickets are available at the Little Falls High School Activities Office. They are also available at the door.