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Two musicals hit the stage this weekend

The city’s theatre enthusiasts are in for a treat with two iconic Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals being staged this weekend – Cats directed by Judith Roy Bidapa and Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat by Wendy Dickson. Working with local talent, both plays completely star children and young adults, from various schools and colleges.

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Starring kids from over 25 local institutions, like Mallya Aditi, Legacy School, Stone Hill International, Clarence High School and Bethany High, the play is choreographed by Brinda Jacob-Janvrin, with the music being directed by Maya Mascarenhas. “Unlike, a production that is being done by one school or one theatre group, where you need to work with what you have, ours boasts a talent pool of various schools. So we have the best actors and singers in the cast,” shares director, Bidapa.
The play is said to be the longest running show in the history of musical theatre. The poems are set to music, composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and the plot revolves around a bunch of cats — the Jellicle tribe, and their shennanigans. While the play is completely sung through, dance is one of the major elements of the production to be staged at Chowdiah Memorial Hall.

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Directed and conducted by Dickson of Kiara Music Academy, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is based on the Biblical tale of Joseph and ‘his coat of many colours’. Also composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Tim Rice, the plot takes you through the life of Joseph – dreamer and interpreter of dreams. Much loved by his father, despised by his siblings and his rise to the top as the Pharoah’s second-in-command, the themes involve sibling rivalry, love, forgiveness and honesty. A hundred children make up the cast, with the dance sequences done by Frank Anthony Public School. To be staged at Good Shepherd Auditorium.

November 29 and 30. Tickets for both plays (Rs.300 upwards) on bookmyshow.com

—Rashmi Rajagopal

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