... than Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice performed this morning by our sixth grade boys? The musical didn’t stop moving from opening act to the final scene—breathtaking! Joseph's father, Jacob, played convincingly by Christopher V-R. favored Joseph and gave him a multicolored coat as a gift; as a result, Joseph, played handsomely by Patrick B. and Aidan S., was envied by his eleven brothers who saw the special coat as a sign that Joseph would assume leadership of the family. The rest of the story can be found in Genesis—the plotting of the brothers against Joseph, Reuben’s (played by Henry T.) interposition, the throwing of Joseph into the pit and the secret plan to rescue him later; the twist in Reuben’s absence, and the later discovery of Joseph in Egypt.
I’m not sure if I’ll ever fully recover for the intense stress experienced by my abdominal muscles when “the King” or should I say Pharaoh, aka Felix S. burst onto stage after a perfect, suspense filled, lead in—the accent, the drama, the singing ... the moves!
It was a masterful performance by the entire cast, especially the “unique and appealing” choreography by Maureen McCallister, our visiting professional. Who knew the boys could dance and move so fluidly, and with such purpose. Congratulations to all!
P.S. The night before the performance, my son at dinner, who had seen the dress rehearsal the day before asked, “Dad, what was Elvis doing in Egypt at the beginning of time?” What could I say but, “Elvis is everywhere, Max, everywhere!”