IT was a show originally written for schools by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber but Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat became an unprecedented international hit.
Now the show is returning to its roots with students of James Sheahan Catholic High School staging the show this weekend with the opening performance on Friday night at Orange Civic Theatre.
Year 9 student Jack Daintith is making the lead role of Joseph his own following in the footsteps of Jason Donovan, Donny Osmond and David Dixon who have portrayed the role on the international stage.
“It’s been a lot of work - but it has been absolutely great,” Jack said.
“Its fantastic to have this opportunity.”
Production co-ordinator Robyn Stevens is proud of the efforts of the cast.
“We have a young cast - with many of the students from Years 7, 8 and 9 and they’ve worked very hard,” she said.
“All our backstage crew including our stage manager are students and it is a big responsibility which they all take very seriously.”
Mrs Stevens said students and staff involved in the show have given up many hours outside of school hours to rehearse.
The show is directed and choreographed by teacher Wendy Kent with musical direction by fellow teacher Amy Coad.
Elizabeth Gallway has designed the sets including the spectacular image of Pharoah in act two, with Rae Peasley creating the colourful costumes.
Performances are Friday and Saturday night at 8pm with a matinee at 2pm on Saturday.
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