“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” hits the IHS stage!
By EMMA SHEERAN
The Indiana Area Senior High School is putting on its annual musical this weekend, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, from Thursday, March 16 through Saturday, March 18.
The production is one of IHS’s most extravagant. From outlandish costuming to wild set design to participants ranging from committed thespians to elementary school helpers, it’s bound to be a success.
Show times this weekend are Thursday at 7:00 pm, Friday at 7:00 pm, and Saturday at 1:00 pm, and 7:00 pm. Ticket prices are $10 for Adults, 8$ for Students and Seniors, and $12 for VIP tickets all of which can be purchased at https://ihs.booktix.com.
This year’s musical features a choir of fourth and fifth graders – an amazing opportunity to show the next generation what theater is all about.
“We will have students experiencing their very last high school show, and elementary students that are experiencing their first show,” says Indiana Drama teacher and the show’s director, Leah Lyons.“The fact that they will get to have that moment together is very special.”
She’s right; not many young students will get this opportunity. It must be a bittersweet sight to see the old generation and the new generation standing side-by-side on the stage.
“We have a scene where a really tall person is getting pushed around by all the little kids,” says junior Sean Kelly, who plays Joseph. “It’s a lot of fun to work with them.” The production is an intense one to put on; as Lyons comments, “There’s not enough of [her] to go around.” Of course, she does have as much help as can be given. During our interview, students wandered in and out of her classroom, eagerly awaiting directions as to what to help with.
Unfortunately, not everything can be taken care of in one 40-minute period. However, it’s beautiful to see an atmosphere so welcoming and communal, where students are eager to work with each other to help their hard work pay off.
“We have a catwalk for this show, which is going to be fun because I’ve never really been able to interact with the audience on that level before,” adds Kelly.
Seeing how many new things the drama department is willing to try – from including fourth graders to having a catwalk – is all the more proof of Ms. Lyons’s attention to detail and eagerness to elevate the production.
The show is sure to be extravagant, engaging, and extremely unique. Anyone who attends is in for two flamboyant hours of fun.
Emma is a senior and a first-year reporter for the High Arrow. She has been intensely involved with the IHS music department for all four years of high school, including attending state-level competitions and playing with the PSO. She is looking forward to working in a journalistic setting and putting the education she receives here towards a career in journalism.
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