Submitted by Nancy Whitney
After months of hard work, long practices and immense effort the “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” cast are finalizing their dance moves and fine tuning their voices before they hit the stage in August.
Joseph is the timeless story of the redemptive character of God, shown through the betrayal of Joseph’s brothers.
“We see Joseph come to an understanding of God’s plan in the end,” Director Wes Barnes said. “I think that is something all people need to hear and can relate to as well.”
Barnes first saw Joseph in college when a neighboring all-girls college, “Stephens College”, presented the production.
“I was amazed that they were able, with the exception of Joseph, to cast all of the roles with girls,” he said. “When you come to our show you will see we have a few extremely talented young ladies that are playing roles as brothers.”
Joseph is a complex musical for any production company to present, not only because of the vocal score but the choreography is intense as well. Barnes noted that this cast, in particular, genuinely loves and supports one another.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better cast,” he said. “Not just because they are amazingly talented, but they are also wonderful people.”
And it isn’t just the kids who poured their heart into the production. Barnes has spent much of the last three months planning for the show, directing the cast, working with the production team, building set pieces and just about anything he possibly can to make this show one of WAG’s best.
“There is a scene at the end of the show where Joseph’s brothers are begging him to show mercy on their young brother Benjamin. In that moment you can see Jaron, who plays Joseph, wrestling with the bitterness he feels towards his brothers and his desire to forgive them,” Barnes said. “It’s an inspiring moment and Jaron does an amazing job connecting with the audience.”
Barnes’ participation in theatre began when he was approximately 11 years-old, after he tried out for the lead role in his elementary school’s Christmas musical called “Christmas on Angel Street”.
“It was my first lead role and I have been hooked on theater ever since,” he said.
In his theater career Barnes has played Burt in “Mary Poppins”, Nicely Nicely Johnson in “Guys and Dolls”, Barnaby in “Hello Dolly” and Slim in “Oklahoma”.
Barnes’ wife Lindsay has also been an intricate part of the Joseph production team, as the lead choreographer. This will be their second time directing a show together at WAG. Their directorial debut was in the winter of 2015 with the musical “Oklahoma”.
Barnes said audiences who come see Joseph will be entertained by the amazing singing and choreography, but he thinks the audience will be most surprised by how moving the story really is.
“You will laugh, you will cry, you will want to see it again,” he said. “These kids have poured their hearts into every rehearsal. They are true professionals and I can’t wait for the audience to see them perform.”
Make sure you don’t miss your chance to see this amazing show which will be presented on August 5th and 12th at 7 p.m. and August 6th and 13th at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or Click Here.
We’re a week away from the 2015 North Texas Giving Day, and we’re counting down! Over the next week, we’ll be sharing fun facts about WAG and ways that your giving will support WAG throughout the the next year. We’d love to smash last year’s donation total and spread the word about our community organization!
Have you ever noticed that, in the week or so after the closing of a show, your young thespian has seemed to be a little blue or walks around in a slight funk? These little people (and the big people who work with them) have put their hearts and souls into a show and all of a sudden…it’s over.
Feeling a bit of post-show depression is a completely normal and natural response to the end of a production. Young actors may feel a little lost as they reacclimate to a new normal that doesn’t include the heightened emotion and energy of rehearsals and performances. They may suddenly panic that they’re late for rehearsal, even though rehearsals have ended. They may feel a tinge of loneliness that the friends with whom they have closely bonded during this shared experience are no longer around on a regularly scheduled basis.
If this sounds like your young actor, don’t worry- it doesn’t last. Keep in mind that the week or so following the closing of a show is a transition for your child. While you may feel immense relief that one activity is temporarily off your schedule, your child will need you to show an extra measure of love and patience as they process their feelings.
There are several ways you can help your child through the post-show blues.
With a little time, understanding, and a new production on the horizon, your child will recover from post-show depression in no time! However, at WAG, we can’t keep the production seasons coming without your support. Be sure to save the date for the annual North Texas Day of Giving on September 17th! Get up and give!
As the summer continues to heat up, Wylie Acting Group for Children is sizzling right along with it! Since there’s no chance that our excitement and energy will be cooling any time soon, be sure to check our website and social media postings frequently to stay informed. Here’s a taste of what we’re currently up to:
1) WAG is performing at a Frisco RoughRiders game! Join us as the RoughRiders take on the Corpus Christi Hooks on July 26 at 6:00 PM. Prior to the game, WAG’s cast and crew will perform a medley of songs from our current production, Annie Jr. Stay for the entire game and enjoy a dazzling fireworks show afterwards. It will be a night of family fun!
2) Tickets for Annie Jr. are on sale NOW! Purchase your tickets in advance for a discount. We are expecting that all shows will sell out, so don’t wait!
3) The latest issue of Center Stage, WAG for Children’s bi-monthly newsletter, has just been released. In this issue, we are proud to spotlight one of our corporate sponsors, Allstate agent Wes Barnes. Click to read more about Wes and his commitment to supporting WAG through Allstate’s grant program and grant matching. In case you missed it, we also recently featured a WAG volunteer, Mrs. Elsalynn Cook. WAG couldn’t exist without our volunteers and sponsors, and we are thankful for all of them. Stay tuned to see who will be featured next!
4) WAG’s summer drama camp ends soon. Please join us on July 31 at 12:30 for a FREE show featuring talented and very enthusiastic children who have been honing their craft this summer.
5) Have you seen WAG in the Wylie News? A big thank you goes out to Nancy Whitney for her recent article about Annie Jr.!
It’s a great time to be a part of Wylie Acting Group for children- don’t miss out!