Dreamcoat production ready for Ponoka stage

The members of the cast have thrown their hearts and souls into the upcoming production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

The cast of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat includes 20 children and 35 adults

PONOKA — The members of the cast have thrown their hearts and souls into the upcoming production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Boasting a cast of 20 children and 35 adults, with a technical crew of some 30 others, this production is set to go, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and the following weekend, Dec. 4 to 6.

Since July, the cast and crew have been learning their parts and piecing together the sets, costumes, choreography and performances.

“I’m not sure if I’m sane anymore,” says Fred Hiebert, producer for Klaglahachie — the Ponoka United Church’s Community Theatre Arts project.

Director Lori Kirchner has transformed the United Church into a stage, drawing a children’s choir and a quartet of musicians into the production.

Klaglahachie Fine Arts is working to fulfil the church’s mission statement: “To enrich the lives of those we touch.”

“We have many artistic people in Ponoka and area, but they don’t have an outlet,” says a spokesperson. “Creative expression is an expression of the soul; it draws people together for an evening of good, clean fun and they come to church for a different kind of fellowship than conventional prayer. But isn’t that human interaction what it’s all about, ultimately? That’s why we started Klaglahachie.”

Some on stage are adults who have never sung or danced before — but have longed to.

The show also features a number of very clever, original effects.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Dec. 4 and 5; matinees are at 2 p.m. this Sunday and Dec. 6, dinner will not be provided for the matinees.

Call the Ponoka United Church at 403-783-4087 for tickets.

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