Cast ready to wow

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News - BY SARAH SCULLY

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

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