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Young thespians reach back to ’70s in staging ‘Joseph’

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PLAY Conservatory will present Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s popular musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” as its fall spectacular.

It tells the biblical saga of Joseph of Canaan and his coat of many colors. Beginning its life in 1967 as a 20-minute “pop cantata” for a grade school concert, “Joseph” was revived and expanded in the mid-1970s and eventually made its way to Broadway in 1982. This song-and-dance spectacular has gone on to charm audiences around the world with its cornucopia of musical styles.

With a cast of 42 students ages 6 to 18, this rendition of “Joseph” celebrates the TV variety shows of the 1970s. Complete with a children’s choir and Dream Dancers, this groovy “retrospectacular” is appropriate for all ages.

If you go
WHAT: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, and Saturday, Nov. 17, and 2 p.m. Nov. 18
WHERE: Simms Center for the Performing Arts, Albuquerque Academy, 6400 Wyoming NE
HOW MUCH: Reserved seating $20, $16 and $12 at holdmyticket.com or at the theater one hour before curtain time. For more information go to www.playconservatory.org

The musical is directed by Jonathan Dunski, with vocal direction by Kristen Hutchinson and choreography by Jonathan Ragsdale.

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