10:14pm Wednesday 27th March 2013
Your pull into the drive of WCGS, park your car and are escorted to the foyer. There your stumble across the ticket boot where you are greeted by two smiling Sixth Formers. They sell you tickets, a vibrant photo book and a programme. You are taken to your seat in the assembly hall, a perfect spot where you can pan the stage with ease. The orchestra begin to play beautifully, the curtain draws and you are welcomed aboard the ‘Technicolour’ plane. First stop: the land of Cannan surrounded, by ten brothers. Next stop: Egypt where your are entertained by the Elvis-like Pharoah, then Judah with Jason Obiri-Yeboah who takes you to the Carribean for the final destination. Curtains close. You land back in the WCGS hall having travelled through time. Read on and relive the ride of Joseph and the Technicolour Dream Coat.
Wallington County Grammar’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat was a vibrant, harmonic, professional and incredibly creative production that captivated the minds on the audience. The three night production was a spectacle that spoke volumes of practice and relentless rehearsal by the live orchestra and of course the Amazing Technicolour cast. In their bright Egyptian robes they graced the stage executing the musical in a most harmonious and theatrical fashion. The production truly served testament not only to the Director Cat Curtis, the Musical Director Catherine Usher and Production Manager Louise King, but additionally highlighted the outstanding contribution that co-education has offered the WCGS. The ladies have done more than vary the musical, offering some sopranos and altos to what would be production of bass and baritone, but more the ladies have offered range and variety, ensuring that 2013’s production of Joseph and the Technicolour Dream coat was truly technicoloured, diversifying the play itself and offering a splash of colour to the production. Technicolured in gender and in age. Namely, the harmonies and lyrical symphony of the narrators certified the significance of Wallington Boys’ girls; the play demanded an interaction of cast from Year 7 to 13, a truly inclusive and cohesive production.
One must also extend commendations to WCGS’s very own Matt Schofield, our Lee Mead, Jacob’s favourite son...WCGS’s very own Joseph. This production illustrated the extent of this Upper sixth’s acting prowess.
Let’s find out what the cast had to say about their experiences in the production:
Ayanna Blair Ford, Year 12, 1 of 3 excellent narrators remarked,
‘Being a part of Joseph was a great experience that allowed me to develop friendships, particularly with members of the lower years. Not only was I able to quench my acting thirst, but additionally have great fun. We all dedicated a lot of time to rehearsals of Joseph including two weekend rehearsals! Although stressful at times in the end we produced a professional and successful performance. Thanks to the production team and I’ll look forward to next year’s production.’
Connie Muir, Year 13, a member of the harmonic trio told us about her last ever WCGS production,
‘It was a huge challenge to take on a major part in a musical, but the company made it worth all the stress and hiccups! I had an amazing time, whilst improving my confidence and performing skills, and I will miss the cast and crew dearly! I loved every moment of it.’
‘Oh no, not he’ himself, some call him Judah, most know him as Jason Obiri-Yeboah, Year 10 says,
‘Joesph was extremely fun. As it was my first time performing as a principal in the school musical, I was quite nervous to do it at first, but I completely enjoyed it. It was hard work and it was quite difficult learning all of the choreography, but rehearsals were so fun and gave us a chance to bond as a cast. The show, lively audience may the experience unforgettable.’
Callum Reid, in his 8th WCGS production as the Pharaoh:
‘ it went really well, I think what stood out for me was seeing the collective spirit of the group, which is always important in any theatrical production. Despite the cast's wide variety of ages and some of us barely knowing each other, everyone got on well by the end and that sense of togetherness ultimately carried the show.’
Now you have heard what the cast have to say, I hope you are truly enthused. Put it in your calendar, get down to WCGS and observe for yourself the creative genius of our Producers, Choreographers and actors. See YOU there!
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