Without doubt, this story carries all the components of a gripping soap opera and it’s coming to Manorhamilton courtesy of the students and staff of St. Clare’s Comprehensive!
Taken from the Book of Genesis, the Biblical story of Joseph and his coat of many colours, reads like a modern day tale of trial and tribulation, fraught relationships, and seemingly endless, difficult situations. In true Biblical style, the just receive their rightful reward at the conclusion, and, in this instance, the villains of the piece are shown the road to true redemption and reconciliation.
The narrators recount a story which encourages the listeners to dream. Joseph is a favourite son, the interpreter of dreams and possessor of an ”amazing technicolour dream coat” who is dogged by the obsessive jealousy of his siblings. His beautiful, multicoloured coat is a symbol of their father’s preference of Joseph, and his dreams suggest that he is destined to rule over them. To rid themselves of this threat, the brothers sell Joseph as a slave and he is taken to Egypt to endure a life of hardship and degradation. Surviving slavery, the illicit advances of his owner’s wife, prison, and the dangerous role of advisor to the Pharaoh, Joseph’s fortunes change and he eventually becomes the most powerful man in Egypt, second only to the Pharaoh.
Audiences leave with the reassuring knowledge that good finds its just reward, while evil is recognised and exposed. However, the evil brothers are not condemned in this heart-warming story. They learn the meaning of unselfishness and mercy in Joseph’s final actions of forgiveness and reconciliation.
The show contains the perennial favourites of “Any Dream Will Do”, “Close Every Door” and “Joseph All The Time”. It is a visual extravaganza, filled with colour, energy and light while all the timegiving the audience many soul-searching questions to answer. The students of St. Clare’s are extremely proud to be presenting this wonderful show to the community next week and are currently fine tuning a wide-range of skills associated with dramatic and musical production. Dramatic and musical production is under the professional direction of Sarah Beirne and Enda Hughes, while choreography is in the capable hands of Sarah McManus, Bernie Ni Dhonnacha & Stephanie Brennan.
Final rehearsals are currently under way for the 8pm nightly performances on 7th, 8th & 9th February (Thurs, Fri & Sat). Tickets can be obtained from Bredin’s Newsagents, Manorhamilton or on (087) 6676036. Booking is highly advisable as there is currently a brisk run on availability!