Across four performances to audiences totalling over 500 people, the whole cast exuded total confidence, expression and sensitivity in their convincing interpretation of this much loved musical. The audiences’ expectations were exceeded by a number of polished and mature performances which enhanced the story including those by several senior members of the school with Jessica Rutherford and Courtney Chilvers as narrators, Marty Gionis as Pharaoh and Joseph Most as Joseph.

The diminutive Mr Potipher was expertly portrayed by Joshua Watson and his ebullient wife brilliantly cast in Alice Gooch. Vocal solos from younger members of the cast also shone through and of particular note were those by Noah Most, Alexander Stephenson, Lily Cossey and an exquisite rendition of 'Those Canaan Days' by Charlotte Watson in Year 7. Stunning singing, entrancing harmonies, energetic dance, beautiful scenery, lighting and costume were all a testament to the talent of the pupils at the school.

This talent, coupled with drama and humour was powerfully delivered with conviction whilst subtle orchestral accompaniment was provided by the musicians of the school under the watchful direction of Head of Music, Jonathan Williams. Director of the production and Head of Drama, Mrs Rachael Keeble commented: “It has been a pleasure to stage 'Joseph' at Stradbroke High School. The cast, crew and musicians, involving 20% of the school, have all developed a strong sense of camaraderie and worked tirelessly to make it a very special production. I have been so impressed with their level of commitment, focus and their professionalism throughout. In total we have performed 4 times; 2 matinee performances to our feeder primary schools and 2 evening performances, and after such an intense week of outstanding musical theatre the cast thoroughly deserve the standing ovations they received from the audiences on both nights.

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