After weeks of hard work, more than 70 Honors Drama IV and Drama IV students at West Ashley High School will perform Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat May 21-23 at the WAHS Auditorium.
The play, a hit show by Andrew Lloyd Webber, along with Tim Rice, first opened on Broadway in 1982 and was their first show to be performed publicly. It was revived in 1991 to huge success. The musical tells the story of a young dreamer named Joseph — the same Joseph whose story is told in the Book of Genesis.
A family favorite, the show offers music variety, which is notable in the style used by Andrew Lloyd Webber. He includes parodies of French ballads “Those Canaan Days”, Elvis-inspired rock ‘n’ roll “Song of the King”, western “One More Angel In Heaven”, 1920’s Charleston (“Potiphar”), and calypso (“Benjamin Calypso”). The “Prologue” and “Any Dream Will Do” at the beginning stem from the revival.
This family-fun show is directed by Ellyn Winkles and Nancy Shurlds and stars senior Elisha Black as Joseph. With lighting by PDA, backdrops by Grosh Scenic Design of Hollywood, sound by Steve Green of Island Sounds, and engineering by Michael Bentz and Jamall Rawlinson, the show presents a night full of entertainment and laughter.
In addition to the WAHS students, Mrs. Kathy Stonaker’s kindergarten class at Drayton Hall will also join with the WAHS faculty’s children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends to create the band of angels who enhance the vision and hopes of Joseph.
West Ashley High School presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, May 21-23 at 7 p.m. The auditorium will open for seating at 6:30 p.m. All tickets, including children’s, are $10. Tickets may be bought in advance from any cast member or at The Drama Studio at 573-1201, ext. 5213. Patrons of the production can receive reserved seating, and information regarding patron status may be obtained by calling 573-1201, ext. 1601.

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