JOSEPH and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is coming to life at The Capital Theatre.
Presented by Catholic College Bendigo, the show will run today and tomorrow.
Joseph is a story of dreams, rejection, hope and rescue, set throughout to a cheerful pastiche of song styles, from country to calypso to pop and rock ‘n’ roll.
Written by the world-renowned duo of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice 45 years ago, the show is still as fresh as ever.
About 200 students, drawn almost entirely from Year 9, are singing, acting, dancing their own numbers, building sets, working backstage and playing in the band.
The story looks at Joseph, the favoured son of Jacob. Hated by his 11 brothers, the gift of a Coat of Many Colours is too much and they decide to get rid of him.
He ends up a slave in Egypt, where he lands in and out of trouble, finally ending up as Pharaoh’s Number Two and saving the land from famine.
When his brothers come begging for food, he has his chance to repay them.
When they show they have repented, he reveals himself amid triumphant rejoicing.
Teacher and producer Lia Shaw has been working on the project for the past nine months, and has been startled by how much the cast and crew have achieved.
“As a first-time producer, thinking about what my job entailed and what I had let myself in for was quite overwhelming,” she said.
“But seeing the way the kids bring it together and work so hard to ensure success has been an uplifting experience.
“It’s been absolutely awesome.”
Teacher Zeljko Vanis is directing the play.
“I’ve been extremely pleased with the dedication of the students,” he said.
“They’ve risen to the occasion magnificently.”
The play will run tonight at 7.30pm and tomorrow at 6.30pm.Limited numbers of tickets are still available for tomorrow from The Capital box office, on 5434 6100, or at www.thecapital.com.au.