By Jasmine Franklin
It’s full of humor, love, care and tons of fun.
The third-time director is calling this year’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” one of the best plays ever.
“This play is full of talented, local people who have just given themselves completely to their characters,” said director Lori Kirchner, a St. Augustine teacher. “This really is a production that is not to be missed.”
The 50-person cast features narrator Airyn Street, Ponoka Composite High School drama teacher, who Kirchner said is one of the most powerful of all the voices in the play.
The 2009 Christmas dinner theatre includes cast and crew members from Ponoka Red Deer, Millet, Bashaw and beyond. Christina Church, a movie make-up artist, is doing make-up for the play and Kirchner couldn’t be more excited.
“We are really fortunate that she’s coming here for us,” Kirchner said. “We have fantastic talent — original costumes done by local costume designers, a fantastic make-up artist, and unreal on-stage and behind the scenes talent.”
Fred Heibert, producer and part of Klaglahachie Fine Arts — the group sponsoring the show — said it’s a very musical production with music ranging from country western to an almost hip-hop sound.
“It’s colorful, large production numbers, beautiful colorful costumes ¬— I think people will really have fun,” Heibert said.
The musical was originally written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice and was preformed in London England before it spread to the world. It is based on the biblical story of Joseph from the Hebrew Bible, where Joseph can interpret dreams and is the bearer of an amazing coat.
After a series of events, Joseph winds up working for the Egyptian Pharaoh and brings together a story of love and family.
Show times are 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27 and 28 and Dec. 4 and 5; matinees are at 2 p.m. Nov. 29 and Dec. 6, dinner will not be provided for the matinees. Call the Ponoka United Church at (403) 783-4087 for tickets.