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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat @ Cedar Creek HS

This weekend, Cedar Creek High School had their spring musical performance of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” and it was as amazing as Joseph’s coat! The cast came together to recount the story of Joseph through singing, dancing, and acting.

This musical was written in 1968 by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice, putting a musical spin on the biblical story of Joseph. After receiving a coat from his father, Joseph’s 11 brothers are jealous and sell him into slavery. While imprisoned by an Egyptian noble, Joseph realizes that he has the ability to interpret true dreams and eventually becomes the object of his brothers’ jealousy. Throughout the show, the audience is taken on Joseph’s emotional journey and faces the ultimate question along with him: will he forgive his family?

There were several very creative aspects about this performance. The show opened with the two narrators coming out on stage, and in the blink of an eye the ensemble filled the aisles, making the audience feel like they were instantly a part of the show. The choreography was upbeat and in sync; every character was expressive and had high energy. The ensemble played a crucial role in bringing the show together.

Joseph, played by Matthew Goodrich, entered down the aisle with captivating vocals. His acting and dancing were showcased shortly after, never failing to keep the audience entertained. Goodrich did a great job portraying all the emotions Joseph felt throughout his journey, expressing the love of his coat, fear in the jail cell, the betrayal he felt from his brothers, and internal conflict when deciding whether or not to forgive them. The narrators played by Kacie Burnett and Chesney Bugdon lead the audience through the show, telling the story with their expressive acting and impressive vocals. Bugdon hit those high notes with power and ease every time!

Benjamin Lord never missed a funny moment as Reuben. His performance of “One More Angel in Heaven” perfectly portrayed the irony of the number with a comedic twist. Although brief, the appearance of a singing camel gave the audience a great laugh! Joseph’s brothers never missed a beat with their harmonies, droll acting, and enthusiastic dancing.

This show was nothing short of an “amazing technicolor dream” with the incredible use of lighting. Vibrant colors and intricate patterns filled the auditorium, bringing the show to life. In “Close Every Door,” the lighting mimicked the moonlight, making the audience feel as alone as Joseph did when he was locked away. In contrast to the eerie lighting of that number, on the Pharaoh’s entrance, the lighting was colorful and detailed, depicting his wealth and superiority. The makeup in Act II was just as striking. The actors had bright blue eyeshadow with large winged eyeliner and electric red costumes bringing cultural aspects of Egypt to the stage. The use of colors made an eye catching performance for the audience throughout the entire show.  

Cedar Creek’s rendition of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” would’ve made Jesus, Mary, and Joseph proud!

About the Author

Flood-Orion, Jeffrey

Flood-Orion, Jeffrey

Program Director - FY20 Season


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