An age old story is told with some modern twists as the Tippecanoe High School theatre program presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The show includes as much variety as the shades of color in the acclaimed garment worn by the title character. However, everything remains in tune and is expected to delight audiences for the performances April 20-22.
In his first leading role, Evan Bourelle as Joseph has enjoyed the speed in which he’s had to work. “It’s fast paced, exciting show that’s constantly moving. It’s been a lot of fun putting it together,” he said.
A senior, Bourelle’s feelings are bittersweet about preparing for his final school performance. He cherishes the experiences he’s been treated to since getting involved in theater during his sophomore year. To bow out in a starring role is an accomplishment he’s very grateful to have achieved.
Bourelle views having to sing two solo’s as being his biggest challenge, but he’s prepared to handle them, and is anxious to be in the spotlight. The innocence of Joseph has really drawn him to the character. “He has a very sincere innocence. Joseph has many different struggles and he learns from them,” said Bourelle.
The Spring Musical has become an event that Dweire Cosip looks forward to the whole year. A senior, his feelings are also mixed about ending his time on the stage, but is thrilled to be part of this production. “It’s the first time that we’ve done a show with no dialogue, but all singing,” Cosip estimated.
The collection of music genres in the show includes country, disco, ballads and calypso. There promises to be something for everyone. The cast looks forward to entertaining the audience with a myriad of sounds.
In the role of Pharaoh, Cosip’s favorite part is when he portrays a different type of King, Elvis Presley. It’s the type of creative twists that are used in the show. “Elvis is an icon and it’s fun to play him,” he said.
Amongst the group of seniors in the cast is also some freshman such as Ellie Harrison whose part of the ensemble. The experience has been beneficial in preparing for future acting opportunities.
“I’ve learned a lot of acting techniques and how to hit notes,” she said.
Any nerves that Harrison might have are shielded by her excitement for the curtain to rise. And along with the knowledge gained, she’ll also take with her the friendships made with students from all grade levels.
According to Cosip, there’s a lesson in the show for everyone to learn from. “No matter how old you are you will always have dreams and you should pursue them,” he said.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be performed on April 20 & 21 at 7:30 p.m. and on April 22 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students (K -12). Senior Citizens are invited to attend a free preview on Thursday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m.