Middle school to present 'Joseph'

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St. Croix Central Middle School's upcoming performance will be a full performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."

Preparing for the performance has been challenging, middle school music teacher Michelle Schmitt said, because the 90-minute performance contains no spoken words. The performance is entirely sung.

"It helps them remember the words, but the vocal stamina is tricky," Schmitt said. "We did incorporate some of the harmony too."

Schmitt said the students have risen to the challenge well.

"They keep surprising me all the time," Schmitt said. "It really surprises me that they're just middle school students, and they're doing fabulous."

Schmitt said although this is the first full-length musical she has done with SCC middle school students, SCCMS has put on musicals before.

"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" is based on the Biblical story of Joseph and the coat of many colors.

In the story, Joseph, his father's favorite son, is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, and taken to Egypt, where he faces many challenges. His ability to interpret dreams eventually lands him a good position, working for the Pharaoh.

The performance is set to a variety of musical styles from country-western to rock 'n roll.

Schmitt said one song she and the performers have found particularly poignant is "Close Every Door." The song takes place while Joseph is in Egypt, after he has been imprisoned for a crime he has not committed.

Performances are Thursday, March 14, and Friday, March 15, at 7 p.m. in the St. Croix Central Middle School multipurpose room. Tickets are $2 for adults, $1 for students and free for pre-school children.