Nelson Leader : September 19th 2013
6 THE NELSON LEADER, SEPTEMBER 19, 2013 ARTS PST0314B Eeenie, meenie, minie, sent. Our parcel sending range and service upgrade options have been streamlined, making it easier for you to choose. Better yet, you'll now find these changes in your local New Zealand Post retail outlet. For all you need to know, go to nzpost.co.nz/sending Amazing musicals for the family Colourful scene: Nelson Youth Theatre members Myer van Gosliga, 15, left, and Ben Watts, 13 rehearse a scene in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. Photo: ALDEN WILLIAMS The Nelson Youth Theatre will bring to life two classic musicals this month for their 149th and 150th shows. The theatre company s pro- duction of Joseph and the Amaz- ing Technicolor Dreamcoat will run at the Theatre Royal on Saturday until September 28. Jesus Christ Superstar runs from Saturday October 5 until October 12.Director Richard Carruthers said it was co-incidental that both shows had a religious theme, the company was on an Andrew Lloyd Webber roll having put on the show CATS earlier in the year. Richard said the two shows involved a cast of 90 actors in more than 200 hours of rehearsal and thousands of hours of prep- aration work by the production crew. The age of the cast members ranged from six to 18. A small number of adults played small roles. About a dozen actors had been working incredibly hard and had roles in both productions. Richard said those attending the shows should expect an abso- lutely fantastic experience and would leave the theatre grinning and tapping their feet with the powerful songs from the musicals circling in their heads. He said the shows were both favourites for many people. Joseph was more of a family friendly show, and Jesus Christ Superstar with its ending which included a scene around the cruci- fixion of Christ was probably less suitable for younger audience members. The theatre company is based at Nelson Intermediate and has put on 100 shows since 2007 -- this includes smaller productions to massive musical numbers. Richard said he had wanted to put on Jesus Christ Superstar for 10 years but it required singers with a vocal range that was not always around. That show has some extraord- inary high and extraordinary low singing notes way out of the aver- age human s ability. We ve had to wait until we had the right people to do it . This time we have them in spades. Richard said people attending Jesus Christ Superstar could expect tingles down the spine from the singing on display. Joseph was Andrew Lloyd Web- ber and Tim Rice s first musical and was a wonderful blend of fan- tasy and drama. It is fully sung through interpretation of the Old Testa- ment story of Joseph who was sold into slavery by his brothers, yet rose to be an Egyptian Pharoah s right hand man, and ultimately saved the lives of millions by cor- rectly interpreting Pharoah s dreams of a coming 7 year famine, ensuring that food supplies were stockpiled to ensure their sur- vival. He said Jesus Christ Superstar was Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice s second big musical, controversially depicting the last 7 days of Jesus life by setting it to a rock music score. With songs like I Don t Know How to Love Him , Gethsemane , Herod s Song and Hosanna , this is one show you will not want the family to miss! Tickets to the shows are on sale at Ticket Direct or at the Theatre Royal ph 548 3840.
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