Students at Our Lady Star of the Sea (OLSS) Miranda got a taste of being stars of the stage last month when they performed in their school’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.
The show, which principal Rosemary Andre planned to ensure every child got to be involved in a school musical at least once, included all of the school’s 452 students, as well as parents, teachers and the local parish priest.
Religious Education Coordinator and Music and Creative Arts Teacher Anne-Marie McAdams took on her principal’s vision and directed the production, and said the outcome was “spectacular”.
(I) could not believe these were primary school children – Pat Cafe
“(It was) such a community effort,” she said. “We were all so thrilled.”
The show told the biblical story of Joseph, who was sold into slavery in Egypt by his jealous brothers but eventually rose to become a revered public figure.
Year 5 students Jeoff Ramos and Frosia Gorsikikh took on the lead roles of Joseph and Potiphar, Learning Support Officer Maddi Simpson played the role of the narrator, and Rev Father Dan McCaughan played an Elvis-inspired Pharoah.
“Father Dan he was just unbelievable, was a great example to all of us – he showed us he is a human being like the rest of us,” said audience member Pat Cafe, who was full of praise for the rest of the production.
“(I) could not believe these were primary school children, I do not think I would see any better at a professional show.”
Students were equally effusive about bringing the “thrilling” story to life and getting to chance to dance and act in front of their loved ones.
“It was really fun to dance on stage because we got to show the audience what we’ve been working on throughout the year,” said Maria Shaw, a Year 2 student.
“The finale was awesome and it made me feel so happy!”