Please grab a ticket to one of the final performances of Horsham Arts Council’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
You will laugh, you will cry, you will clap until your hands swell – and you will thank me for my excellent advice.
Snuggled into seat Q6 during last Sunday’s matinee, I had the pleasure of sitting next to a designated driver.
He didn’t know anything about the show except that his wife was sitting down the front with a girlfriend, so he would be much better off sitting up the back on his own, away from their incessant chatter.
I’m afraid I probably chatted a little incessantly myself, poor man, with the nerves for my three girls playing a big part and bursting pride filling in all the gaps. By the interval, my fellow audience member was a little more interested in the details of the production.
So I offered insight about the orchestra in the pit and technical challenges of the show.
With me bearing lofty emotions by the final curtain, my seating neighbour had progressed too.
He now wanted to know which school the young people in the show attended.
When I explained that they came from every school in town – and as far away as Hamilton, Stawell and Warracknabeal – he wanted to know where the production would be appearing next.
Only after I had responded, “right here, for seven more shows!” did I process that this fine gentleman chauffeur considered the performance to be worthy of a national tour. And as the orchestra continued to play in the pit while the audience left the gorgeous auditorium, I really could not blame him.
I promise it’s not just because I have a crush on Joseph and Pharaoh – Pharaoh sings like Elvis, so I can’t be held accountable – it really is a great show.
Faultless lead vocals and innovative direction lift this local production to a higher plane, and the hilarity of middle-eastern men singing with French accents just tickles my fancy.
A moving candlelit scene where the children sing Close Every Door is featured alongside ridiculous melodrama, calypso music and comedy.
An emotional rollercoaster of pure gold, this musical is created by volunteers, covering their costs by selling tickets. Hope you can still get one.