As the curtains go up

As the curtains go up

The Kiara Music Academy is all set to bring a truly scintillating production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s popular musical ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ on November 29 and 30, 7 pm on both days at The Good Shepherd auditorium, Museum Road. 

The performers are children aged between 4 and 18 years. The musical traces the story of a boy who turned his dreams into reality through faith and self-belief. Dr Wendy M Dickson, principal of Kiara Music Academy and the director of the musical, looks back at the whole experience with deep satisfaction. “It has been 11 long months of gruelling practices, voice training, dance classes, theatre workshops, designing costumes and props. The children never even once lost their passion for the production; the teachers and parents ensured regular attendance. For me, the best part has been the collaboration between the children, teachers, parents and the various committees involved,” she says. She adds, “On a personal level, ‘Joseph’ has given me that singular, unsurpassed joy that a teacher feels when the guidance and direction she has given to her students become evident in their personal growth.” 

Tina Dickson Franco and Deepak Lazarus, assistant directors, have both found it a fulfilling experience. Tina says, “We've discovered talents within the kids and ourselves that we never knew existed before Joseph. Once in a lifetime you get to be a part of something really amazing — for me that has been Joseph.” Deepak shares,“Kiara has helped me enrich my talents. It’s an honour to be part of this production.” Karen Carvalho and Kavita John, choral training assistants, are amazed at the transformation of the children into “confident performers with great stage presence” and the way they have “fearlessly owned their roles.” Dolores Joel, one of the choreographers, feels overwhelmed at the “mine of talent” that is ‘Team Kiara’.

Parents too feel it has been an equally enriching experience. Jacob Chandy Varghese, a parent, says, “We as parents were all involved in our little ways to make sure that this play will leave a lasting impression not only on us and our children, but all those who see it”.  The accompaniment for the musical has been provided by Rebecca Thomas Colaco, Robin Colaco, Joshua Lance and Theodora Murray. For details, call 9844097436 and 9886008525 or visit the Lusitania stores on Hosur Road, Mosque Road and Victoria Layout.

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