A technicolored performance at Solihull School

Drama lovers drew back the curtains on the annual senior school musical production

More than 150 pupils from Years 7 to 13 at Solihull School performed in the renowned musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. 

The performances took place over five days in the school’s Bushell Hall to an audience of more than 1,600 people in total, including a matinee performance to over 300 local junior school children. 

The musical follows the life of biblical character, Joseph, the favourite of 12 sons to his father, Jacob. Jealousy and envy take over the brothers, who sell their beloved brother into slavery, but Joseph discovers he can interpret dreams and escapes the cruel labour of Egypt with the help of his technicolor dreamcoat. 

Pupils auditioned for all the roles, including Joseph, Jacob, the narrators and the Elvis-inspired Pharaoh, while the best instrumental pupils were selected for the band, comprised of pupils and staff in the senior school. 

Director of the school’s production Lisa Fair said the commitment made by the pupils to put on a memorable show was inspiring. 

“It’s been an honour to work with a talented group of young people, whose energy and passion excelled in every performance. A huge effort was made by all pupils in the cast, band, make-up, theatre design and production team, so thank you all for your hard work and dedication,” said Lisa. 

While practising for the musical, many pupils continued to juggle other commitments such as sport, music and mock exams. 

David EJJ Lloyd, Headmaster at Solihull School, said, “It was an outstanding performance from all cast members and an incredible effort from the crew and band members for putting on an excellent show. The production demonstrates a diverse range of talents at our school and I am immensely proud of all pupils involved.” 

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