Riverview Prep entertains with evergreen musical

Jacob with Joseph and his brothers.

MALALANE – The familiar Bible story of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat was brought to life by Riverview Prep School’s pupils.

The stage was transformed into an Egyptian desert, costumes were colourful and fun, and these young ones proved to be excellent singers, dancers and actors. Despite nerves and a few technical hiccups, the actors kept smiling and enthusiastically performed their roles, earning them a standing ovation at the end of the event.

Reneé Sutherland was the narrator, guiding the audience through the story and even joining in several of the cast’s dances and songs – showcasing her acting talent and beautiful voice.

Reneé Sutherland was excellent as the narrator.

The story starts with Jacob (Daniel Storey), a man with many wives and twelve sons. He favoured Joseph (Njongo Ngomane) and gifted him a beautiful multicoloured coat. Joseph’s eleven brothers were jealous of this preferential treatment and his boastful attitude and conspired to sell him into slavery. He’s then taken to Egypt by a group of passing Ishmaelites (excellently played by a group of teachers dressed as hippies) and starts working for Egyptian “millionaire” Potiphar.

Joseph (Njongo Ngomane) is inspected by the Ishmaelites.

Meanwhile, Joseph’s brothers bloodied his coat and told their father he was dead, celebrating with an entertaining dance number once Jacob turns his back.

His eager and hardworking attitude earns Joseph a promotion and he catches Potiphar’s wife’s eye. She was played by teacher Megan Swart, whose joking sensuality drew a few laughs from the crowd.

Potiphar (Lihle Lukuleni) surrounded by servants Karthik Krishnadas (left) and Gregory Wood and Kenan Cloete.

The lady of the house continues to pester Joseph and Potiphar eventually finds out, throwing Joseph in jail. Kneeling on the stage in chains, Joseph sings a haunting song, later being encouraged by a choir that “children of Israel are never alone”.

Njongo Ngomane as Joseph, singing about his loneliness in jail.

Joseph meets a butler and cook who were jailed and had strange dreams. He helps the duo interpret these and is later asked to do the same for the great and powerful Pharaoh (Zothando Mkhatshwa). The Pharaoh is impressed with an accurate and passionate Elvis impersonation, complete with signature dance moves, which gets the audience to cheer and applaud.

Zothando Mkhatshwa was very entertaining as the Pharaoh.

Joseph explains what the Pharaoh’s dream means and becomes his right-hand man.

After seven years of plenty, the Israelites start to struggle and go to Egypt to find food. After some trials to prove their worth, Joseph reveals himself to them and they rejoice. Jacob makes his son a new multicoloured coat, one with golden thread.

The whole cast gathered on stage as the coat was spread wide open and turned into a flowing rainbow of colours. To conclude the story, the narrator joined Joseph in a beautiful reprisal of the famous opening song “Any Dream Will Do”.

Check out more photos here.

Retha Nel

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