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Thursday, March 26, 2009

An "Amazing" Performance

The 7th and 8th grade vocal students at school have spent many weeks rehearsing for a performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  I have seen many, many junior high musical performances, and let me tell you...tonight's was the BEST I have seen.  I've been helping out at rehearsals for the past few weeks, and these kids worked hard.  And their hard work paid off.  I didn't notice any mistakes at all tonight! Their voices were just superb! 

Rachel was a "go-go" dancer for the song "Go-Go-Go Joseph".  She was GREAT :-)

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Dress rehearsal...look at her smiling while she is "go-going!"

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Today's performance...notice the "no glasses" look?  She got contacts last week!

And now...these aren't even my KIDS, but I'm so pleased with their performances...I just have to share a few photos!  If you don't know the story, be sure to read it!  It is one of my favorite stories in the Bible.  It begins in Genesis 37.

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Jacob and his family

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Joseph is given a multi-colored coat by his father...and it makes his brothers MAD.

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They didn't like hearing about Joseph's dreams, either!

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Joseph was sold to "a hairy bunch of Ishmaelites"

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they had to break the "sad" news of Joseph's "death" to Jacob.

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Joseph was a good servant to Potipher until...

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Potipher's wife caused Joseph some problems.

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Joseph spent some time in jail and interpreted dreams while he was there.  When Pharaoh had  dreams he didn't understand, he called for help and Joseph was brought before him.

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Elvis Pharaoh explained his dreams to Joseph, who interpreted them.  Pharaoh then promoted Joseph to be his assistant to lead Egypt through the famine that was predicted through his dreams.

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Meanwhile, Joseph's brothers are still back in Canaan, and things aren't going well for them.  The famine has hit the land hard, and they have no food.  They decide to go to Egypt where they hear there is food to spare.  They don't realize it, but it is their long lost brother, Joseph that they are asking for food (which is what Joseph's dreams predicted)

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Joseph is finally convinced the brothers are good men, and he gives them some food. ( the Bible Joseph sends the brothers back to Canaan and they have to return later...but the play takes some "artistic license") Joseph sneaks his golden cup into his youngest brother's sack of food, and then accuses him of stealing it.  The brothers insist that Benjamin wouldn't have done this kind of thing.

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They insist that Benjamin "is straighter than the tall palm tree"

Finally, Joseph reveals who he is, and is reunited with his brothers and father.

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Joseph falls to his knees in front of his father...(get the symbolism there? ) This scene gives me goosebumps every time I see it, and believe me I've seen it dozens and dozens of times (we own the DVD with Donny Osmond as Joseph!)

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And the family is happily reunited!

Outstanding performance of a wonderful story, SF MS Vocal students!

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Zaroga said...

It looks like it was a wonderful performance! Your pictures are great... they really tell the story.

Julie said...

Now I have the music going through my head! I love this musical! :o)