CONTRIBUTED BY ANDY PHILPOT –
As the calendar shifts to November, less than two weeks remain until the Mena High School Theatre Department will take the stage to perform their production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. After weeks of preparation, rehearsals, and dedication, the cast and crew will be ready to showcase this memorable musical at the MHS Performing Arts Center with a total of five shows, starting on November 12.
There will be two performances for the public, which will take place on Sunday afternoon, November 12 at 2:30 p.m., and Tuesday evening, November 14, at 7:30 p.m. There will be three school performances for students, including Monday, November 13, at 9:00 for Mena Middle School students; Wednesday, November 16, at 1:00 p.m. for Holly Harshman Elementary students; then the final show will be Thursday, November 16, at 9:00 a.m. for Mena High School students. Admission to attend any of these performances will be $5.00 per person.
With more than 20 Mena students part of the cast, led by Brynn Harvey as Joseph, and Sarah Rose as the Narrator, the play is directed by MHS Theatre and Drama Teacher Jessica Kropp. Kropp has directed the annual school play for over ten years, and each year results in a show no one should miss, featuring singing, dancing, and acting talent that runs deep at Mena Schools.
In addition to the expected blend of talent from Mena Schools students, this year’s show will include a 15-piece live orchestra to help make the musical come even more to life.
“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a musical romp through several genres,” Kropp said with excitement about this year’s school play. “This is our first full orchestra that the MHS plays have had. The show is funny and lighthearted, and we’d love for you to come out and enjoy.”
This unique musical was originally written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, who are well known for Phantom of the Opera. This musical is based on the “coat of many colors” story of Joseph from the Book of Genesis in The Bible. The performance takes the audience on a journey through Joseph having his beautiful colorful coat, being sold into slavery by his 11 brothers, his interpreting dreams, and many other adventures that come from the original Biblical story of Joseph. With a majority of the dialogue being delivered in musical form, the variety of themes and catchy songs will delight audience members of all ages.
With only two chances to catch the public performances, make plans now for enjoying the Mena High School production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the MHS Performing Arts Center in less than two weeks.