High school tackles Biblical classic

Donelle Pardee Whiting
Washington Community High School English teacher Dan Zehr, taking on the role of Jacob in the high school’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” dismisses his other sons at the arrival of Joseph. Showtime is 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday in the Caterpillar Performing Arts Center at Five Points Washington.

With high expectations that the students will make the show engaging for the audience in both sight and sound, Washington Community High School drama department presents this year’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is the story about the favored son of Jacob. Choir director Lara Reem said she chose “Joseph” for this year’s fall musical because “it’s a familiar show that includes some very witty turns of phrase, and Andrew Lloyd Webber began composing it as a teenager.  To think that someone of the same age as we’re teaching now could create such material is amazing.”

The school drama department also saw it as an opportunity to include a large number of students, and integrate the grade school students in the children’s choir.

Reem said she sent letters to all the grade schools, expecting about 20 elementary students to respond.

“We got 46,” she added with a smile.

“I’m very pleased with the work of the cast and the energy that they have invested in the show,” Reem said, adding, “The work of the pit, tech and set crews is also impressive, as they have put in many hours of their own over the last 10 weeks.”

Reem is also grateful that WCHS is willing to employ people who specialize in set design, costumes, etc. because it allows each director to focus on his/her area of expertise.

Reem is joined in directorial responsibilities by Anna Oxborrow and Char Uftring.

This year’s production will be at 7 p.m. in the Caterpillar Performing Arts Center at Five Points Washington Thursday through Saturday.

Advanced tickets can be purchased online at www.fivepointswashington.org and are $7.75 for adults and $5.75  for students and seniors.

Tickets at the door are $8 for adults and $6 for students.

Reem said she recommends buying advance tickets because last year’s performance of “The Wizard of Oz” sold out the second two nights.