Joseph dazzles in Wonthaggi

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Joseph dazzles in Wonthaggi

BURSTING onto the Wonthaggi stage last week Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat musical was another brilliant show for Newhaven College with packed houses for all five shows.

This feel good musical may well be some 45 years old but it continues its relevance today combining Andrew Lloyd Webber’s incredible musical prowess and the equally impressive story telling lyrics from Tim Rice, delivering universal messages of dreams, forgiveness and the importance of family.

Crammed with familiar songs Any Dream Will Do, Close Every Door, Go, Go, Go Joseph and One More Angel the superb orchestra expertly directed by Kirk Skinner sets the scene with the overture providing a musical feast and taste of wonderful singing and dancing to come.

A terrific introduction to musical theatre Joseph opened last Thursday night and was a show for young and old and it was great to see so many children in the audience, along with good support from the college community that attracts students from all round South Gippsland.

It  never ceases to amaze the talent coming out of this school and there were so many standouts and top of the list is without a doubt, the talented Karlee Hayes who took on the demanding role of the Narrator. Her stunning, strong singing and acting delighted the audience as she kept this hit musical rollicking along. Karlee is every bit the professional and destined for a bigger stage in the future.

The biblical story tells of Joseph the youngest of 12 and the favourite of his father Jacob.

Set in Egypt Newhaven’s production manages to drop in on the Wild West, Paris and the Caribbean providing some great costumes and comical moments.

Year 8 student Noah Lugt-Cole took on the title role of Joseph and thrilled the appreciative audiences with his sweet singing of the big hit numbers

Joseph’s eleven brothers were fabulous especially, Connor Hadley as Reuben and drew the laughs while singing in the Wild West style, One More Angel in Heaven. This was one of the best songs in the show, great energy and hunour. He was a cracker!

Italian exchange student Federico D’Ascanio looked like he was having a ball on stage as Jacob the father of Joseph and the Pharaoh, in Elvis style. He looked like he was having a ball and well deserved his applause.

The audience were drawn into the show when members of the cast stormed the audience and had shocked parents, grandparents and friends up singing and dancing in the aisles.

This 70 strong, gifted cast, high spirited dancers, choir and orchestra were all wonderful, costumes dazzling, especially the dreamcoat and sets were creative and contemporary.

Joseph is a credit to the talented duo musical director Kirk Skinner, director and choreographer Will Hanley and their dedicated crew who created musical magic.

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