Wednesday, Apr 10 2013 12:58 PM

'Dreamcoat' a dream production for school

BY ALEXANDRA GOMEZ CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The cast and crew of Bakersfield Christian High School will present "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, starting Friday. The musical tells the biblical story of Joseph in a fun and colorful way.

The story, set in ancient-day Canaan, centers around Joseph, the favorite of 12 brothers, who received a coat of many colors as a sign of his father's love. Joseph's life is forever changed because of one act of jealously by his brothers, and he is taken on an adventure with many twists and turns.

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"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: St. John's Lutheran Church, 4500 Buena Vista Road

Admission: $10; $7 students with ID and children under 18

Information: 410-7000

Scott Neese, theater teacher and director at BCHS, has decided to add his own spin on the musical this year.

"With all the fun and infectious music, it doesn't really have a point of view. There is no apparent reason for these people to be telling this story in this manner," Neese explained.

Because of that, Neese has created a backstory, starting the production in a museum, where Joseph's coat is being displayed.

"The museum actually comes to life and involves students in a way that they can comprehend and connect," Neese said.

In the original production, there is only one narrator, but Neese has directed the musical to incorporate three narrators, who all act as tour guides in the museum.

"The narrators are leading the audience into this world of Joseph's life," said senior Lindsay Book, one of the narrators. "We are three completely different people telling the same story."

The musical takes placed from the worship center at St. John's Lutheran Church on Buena Vista Road in southwest Bakersfield. The arrangement allows the cast and crew to use the light, sound and video system of the church.

The production includes many volunteers, a six-person technical crew, 10 playing in the orchestra, 16 singing in the children's choir and 22 high school actors.

Senior Jake Wattenbarger, who plays the lead, said he has dreamed of playing Joseph since he watched the musical for the first time when he was 3 years old.

"(Joseph) is the victim of everything that has happened to him," Wattenbarger said. "I just try to embrace his emotions and feelings for what is going on in his life."

-- Alexandra Gomez is a student at BCHS

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