Of colours, dreams and wit

Of colours, dreams and wit

All roads led to the Good Shepherd Auditorium during the weekend as the students of Kiara Musical Academy, under the able direction of Wendy Dickson, put up the musical ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’.

The famous musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice narrates the inspiring story of a young dreamer named Joseph and how his interpretation of dreams leads him to his destiny.

Enacted by around 100 children who donned colourful costumes and sang the songs of the original production in their beautiful voices, the musical took one on the dreamy yet tumultuous journey of Joseph, a boy who is adored by his father Jacob much to the jealousy of his 11 brothers.

The introduction song ‘Jacob and Sons’ set in the backdrop of Israel with the cute boys donning the attire of the traditional Israelis had the audience tapping its feet. The brothers’ dislike for him reaches a pinnacle when the father presents Joseph a multi-coloured coat — the ‘dreamcoat’. Furious, they sell him off and poor Joseph ends up in Egypt and the brothers in turn tell the father that Joseph has been killed.

Joseph starts leading the life of a slave in an Egyptian millionaire’s house. But when the millionaire’s wife starts making advances at him, he is caught and put in jail for no fault of his. It is here that he interprets the dreams of the prisoners and starts winning hearts slowly. The story of his wit even reaches the Pharaoh, who impressed, makes him the second in command. The rest of the story is about how Joseph saves the lives of the very brothers, who sent him away mercilessly and reunites with them and his beloved father.
The children did complete justice to their roles. The role of Joseph was played very well by Jonathan who sang beautifully throughout the show. Twins Moa and Jorian played the narrator and Pharaoh respectively.

The best of the talents was brought out efficiently by Wendy Dickson, who had directed and conceptualised the musical. The play also had certain modern moments like the scene where the Pharaoh did an Elvis, leaving the audience in splits!

   The hall had people of all ages, music-lovers and of course the proud parents of the wonderfully talented children who took part in the production. Perry Goes, whose daughter was a part of the play, was delighted as his daughter’s performance.

   “My daughter was practising for months for this play. It’s amazing how these young kids have managed to pull of a musical like this. The entire credit goes to Wendy for managing so many kids and leading them to this. It certainly wouldn’t have been easy,” he said.

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