Stirling Times - - Lifestyle - Tanya MacNaughton

IT will be a case of two an­niver­saries when Mid­nite Youth The­atre Com­pany presents Tim Rice and An­drew Lloyd Webber mu­si­cal Joseph and the Amaz­ing Tech­ni­color Dream­coat at Heath Ledger The­atre next month.

Not only is the com­pany cel­e­brat­ing 30 years since form­ing but it is also con­tin­u­ing the tra­di­tion of per­form­ing Joseph and the Amaz­ing Tech­ni­colour Dream­coat ev­ery 10 years.

Artis­tic di­rec­tor Gre­gory Jones said Joseph was the per­fect mu­si­cal for Mid­nite, given it was based at Angli­can Christ Church Gram­mar School and had a large male con­tin­gent in the cast of al­most 60.

“It’s a big cast. Nor­mally our shows go up to 25 years old but with this one we’ve capped the cast­ing age at 18,” Jones said.

“There are boys and girls from all around Perth be­tween the ages of 12 to 18 years old, so it will show­case our city’s up and com­ing tal­ent.”

Jones, who lamented not hav­ing per­formed in a pro­duc­tion of Joseph him­self, said ev­ery­one was en­joy­ing the mu­si­cal’s catchy songs, in­clud­ing Any Dream Will Do and Close Ev­ery Door, with the pre­dom­i­nantly pop score de­vi­at­ing to other mu­sic gen­res.

“The score is pretty fan­tas­tic and the highs and lows of Joseph’s jour­ney fol­low the dif­fer­ent mu­si­cal styles,” Jones said.

“It’s a bib­li­cal tale about Joseph and his 11 brothers. Joseph has the gift of be­ing able to see into the fu­ture, or read dreams if you like; it is also very much about the fact he has pre­mo­ni­tions or prophe­cies about peo­ple’s dreams.

“It is a show about be­liev­ing in your­self and be­liev­ing in your dreams.”

Ti­mothy Clax­ton is play­ing the piv­otal ti­tle char­ac­ter in the mu­si­cal, which Jones said was es­sen­tially about fam­ily.

“I think the com­pany has to be­come like a fam­ily to tell the story which is great,” he said.

“I think they’ll be very con­nected through­out the sea­son and then trea­sure the mem­ory of per­form­ing this won­der­ful show and telling this won­der­ful story about Joseph.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d471707

Ti­mothy Clax­ton in Joseph and the Amaz­ing Tech­ni­color Dream­coat at Heath Ledger The­atre.

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