Cast ready to wow
Cast and crew of Horsham Arts Council’s latest production will complete their final dress rehearsal tonight ahead of a 10-show run.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will open in Horsham Town Hall on Friday night and run until May 19.
Director Simon Dandy said the show involved a large, dedicated team keen to see its work come to fruition.
“We cast the show in December and it’s like any sporting pursuit – you’ve done your pre-season and now you’re ready to execute what you’ve practised and have a crack,” he said. “Everyone is pumped.” Joseph features a cast of 66, including two rotating groups of 16 young performers.
“We’ll have 50 on stage for each performance,” Dandy said.
“Because of the type of show and because we’re doing a 10-show run we decided to do a rotational system. One, it allows us to have more kids involved and two, they are in primary or high school and 10 shows is a pretty hard ask.
“When you add up all the behind-thescenes and front-of-house people there’s another 50 to 60 off stage as well.”
The popular musical features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice.
Beau Ladlow stars as the title character in the retelling of the Biblical story.
Dandy said the audience could expect a high-energy performance.
“There are great songs and awesome dance choreography,” he said.
“You don’t have to think too much. It’s a great story and it’s not a long show compared with some of the others we’ve done.
“The audience certainly shouldn’t be bored, it’s pretty action packed.”
Dandy said the show featured several highlights.
“When everyone is on stage doing a couple of ensemble songs, it’s unreal,” he said.
“There is also a mega mix at the end of the show that is done so well. It’s awesome. The audience is going to love it.
“There are a couple of big ‘wow’ moments with the sets.
“We’ve used local technology from Horsham Colour Pro to help us out with the sets and the results are unreal.
“I don’t want to give too much away but to think we can do things like this in regional Victoria is amazing.” Dandy said tickets sales were going well and encouraged people to book their seats sooner rather than later.
“So many people have said about other shows, such as Annie, they missed out because they didn’t get tickets early enough,” he said.
“I encourage people to get in and have a look because it’s worth it.”
The arts council will present 8pm shows on Friday and Saturday, May 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19 and 2pm matinees on Sunday and May 13.
Tickets cost $35 for adults and $28 for students, children, concession or groups of eight or more.
Ticket are available online at www. horshamtownhall.com.au or at the town hall box office.
SHOW TIME: The cast of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat run through final preparations before their 10-show run. Pictured above, Faith Eilola, Hugo Hopper, Neeve Kelly, Lucia Lopez O’donnell and Hallie Burgess in action; top right, Beau Ladlow as Joseph; and right, Jessica Durant and Jack Janetzki rehearse. Pictures: PAUL CARRACHER