Calypso, rock, pop, and even country! These lively musical genres are sure to captivate the audience’s attention in Musical Theatre One and Two’s performances of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” on November 9 and 10 at Seto Hall.
“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is a musical based on the biblical story of Joseph and his multicolored coat. The musical, with lyrics written by acclaimed lyricist Tim Rice and music composed by the legendary Andrew Lloyd Webber, had its original Broadway run in 1982. This week Friday and Saturday, around 100 students in ‘Iolani School’s Musical Theatre One and Two classes will bring a slightly abridged version of the classic show to the ‘Iolani stage. All the songs from the broadway version will be present, just with some songs shortened.
The show begins with the story of the biblical character Jacob and his 12 sons. Jacob gives Joseph, his youngest and favorite son, a brilliant rainbow-colored coat. This, in combination with Joseph’s special ability to see dreams that predict the future, infuriates Joseph’s brothers. Green with envy, the brothers sell Joseph as a slave, lying and telling Jacob that his beloved son was killed. Joseph ends up as a servant to a rich man named Potiphar in Egypt, where he uses his unique dreams to change the course of his life. The show highlights everything from upbeat, lively songs like “Go, Go, Go Joseph” to slower, more mellow tunes like “Those Canaan Days.”
When asked why he chose this show for the Musical Theatre One and Two performance, Musical Theatre teacher Mr. Andrew Sakaguchi said, “I’m very familiar with the show, and I thought it had a lot to offer to my students in terms of musical challenge and choreographic challenges, and opportunities for many different soloists and characters to portray.”
The Musical Theatre classes have put a lot of time and effort into putting together this show. The cast spans three class periods, which all meet at different times of the school day. Putting together a cohesive show while the cast learns the music and choreography in separate groups is a difficult feat. Therefore, students began learning the show on the first day of school.
“We practiced singing every A and D day and we rehearsed the dances every C day and F day,” said Musical Theatre Two student Lexi Berganio ’21, who plays the part of Potiphar’s wife.
Tickets for the performance are only $10 (use the QR code in the photo above to purchase one). Very rarely can one experience several musical genres in one musical, all for the price of just one ticket! The show starts at 7 p.m. in Seto Hall, this week Friday and Saturday (November 9 and 10).
Berganio excitedly adds, “People should come watch this show because we all worked really hard on it, and everything about it is fun—there isn’t a moment where you would be bored!”