Arlington Children’s Theatre proudly announces its 2012 winter production, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." This musical adaptation of the Biblical tale of Joseph and his coat of many colors, explores the pain of sibling rivalry and the power of reconciliation. Joseph, his father's favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and Elvis-style rock 'n' roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless.
In order to accommodate as many actors as possible, Joseph will be performed by two casts. With a total of 78 kids with ages ranging from seven to 18. Forty-one of these ACTors are Arlington residents.
Director Matt Lundeen and his artistic staff enjoy the challenge of working with such different age levels. “There’s so much energy during rehearsals,” says Lundeen. “In one room, we’ll have the older performers going over their choreography, while another room might have the children’s chorus learning songs. We even pull kids into the hallway to practice scenes.”
As show time gets closer, the cast comes together more and that’s when the magic starts to happen. “A big production like this has so many different components,” says Lundeen. “After months of rehearsing in small pieces at a time, the kids are always amazed when we put the pieces together to create this impressive show.”
"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" will be performed at at 7 Medford St. in Arlington. Performances run from March 15 to March 18. Tickets are on sale now for $15 and will be available at the door or online at http://act.arlington.ma.us. You can also “like” ACT on facebook.