Young actors of the musical take a group photo while in costume. Photo by Darren Boon
SINGAPORE – Primary Three and Four pupils of De La Salle School lived out their dreams in ‘Technicolor’ as they delivered an energetic performance of song, dance, acrobatic stunts and cartwheels at an abridged version of the Broadway musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at The Republic Cultural Centre on Sep 9.
The school produces an annual musical as a platform and opportunity for Lasallians to showcase their performing talents. This exposes the Lasallians to a holistic education. Open auditions are held for the Primary Three and Four students in addition to the involvement of the school’s choir and dance groups.
Koh Ting Ting, a teacher who performed alongside the pupils at Republic Polytechnic said it is “heartwarming to see the children performing every year” and coming forward actively for the auditions.
“They are able to showcase their musical and aesthetic talents. It’s a wonderful experience for the children,” Madam Koh said. She also noted that there are Lasallians who may not excel academically but do well in other areas such as performance in the musical.
The school tries to incorporate Biblical-themed musicals into its productions. “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is based on the biblical story of Joseph and his coat of many colours.
The young cast were a picture of vivacity as they told CatholicNews that they learned about a father’s love, not hurting one’s brother and being truthful.
Primary Four Lasallian, Gabriel Kho, a Catholic who played one of Joseph’s brothers, agreed that God became more real for him while starring in the production and helped him to understand the Biblical story better. “Some Catholics don’t really read the Bible, for those who don’t, the musical can help them understand the Bible more,” he said.
By Darren Boon