Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatOct. 3, 2012
"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," performed August 10-12 at LCU in the McDonald Moody Auditorium, is the story of the biblical Joseph. Though it takes some liberties with the story, such as making the king of Egypt into an Elvis parody, its message is still the same: family matters, but creating an encouraging family matters even more.
"They're the most positive and supportive group of people I've ever worked with," Dr. Laurie Doyle, director of "Joseph" and Chair of the LCU Fine Arts Department, said about the cast. From my experience with the cast, this is true. Members of different churches came together to work on the production, and despite varied ages and backgrounds, the actors, actresses, and crew were encouraging to one another, sparking new friendships as well as reviving old ones.
As Shawn Hughes, set designer for the play and Communications Professor at LCU said, "As with any family, we've gone through some adversity, such as memorizing parts and coming to rehearsals each night. Through that adversity, we have all bonded."
I played Benjamin, the youngest brother, and throughout the rehearsals, it was noticed that the cast grew very close, joking and singing with one another, making new fun experiences to remember years later. One of my favorite experiences was when David Langford, in penance for his character's (Jacob) favoritism towards Joseph, gave each of the actors portraying Joseph's brothers a small trophy.
"My favorite experience," Dr. Doyle said, "… has been watching people from all different walks of life performing onstage and letting their talent shine."
The LCU alumni and staff, as well as those who did not previously have ties to the university, excellently represented LCU as a safe place where people are kind and do not tear each other down. From my perspective, as a high school senior graduating in 2013, LCU has never looked more like a favorable college to attend as it does now.
"It's really fun to see people who graduated from LCU many years ago, people who have graduated recently, and people who will someday go to LCU working together. It really shows you the broad spectrum," said Joshua Dansby, a Lubbock Christian High School senior involved with the play.
But, something more important than representing LCU happened backstage: the cast became a family. Though we did play family members, we now share a bond created by singing, dancing, and laughing together while learning new things about each other. Though the show may have only lasted about an hour onstage, the time and devotion put into it made it an unforgettable experience and created lasting relationships.