Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Joseph and the Amazing Tecnicolor Dreamcoat Reviewed by Yonger Son

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

I saw Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Center for Performing arts in Governors State University.

Genre: Musical

Setting: Ancient Egypt

This is a story about a boy named Joseph. He has a father (Reuben), and eleven brothers. Joseph has a talent for telling what people’s dreams mean. Joseph himself keeps having a dream about him being a ruler and how his brothers are kneeling before him.

One day Joseph’s father comes home and gives him a coat of Joseph’s dreams. His brothers, who already think that he is weird about interpreting dreams, are mad and jealous that he gets a coat and they didn’t get anything. So one day while their father was at home and they were doing chores a few miles away, Joseph’s brothers made a plan about how are they going to get rid of him. So when all twelve of the brothers were doing their chores the eleven brothers took his coat, tied Joseph up, and sold him to a couple of Ishmaelite. The Ishmaelite took Joseph through Egypt and took him to see Pharaoh (who was an Elvis impersonator). Joseph was to be Pharaoh’s assistant.

Meanwhile with the brothers, at first they were happy that Joseph was gone, but now they miss his talks about his dreams and to top it off they lost everything. Reuben has been miserable ever since his sons told him that Joseph had died. So they all went to Egypt to talk to Pharaoh and ask him for some food. When they got there they were surprised to see Joseph there sitting on the throne. They asked him to please give them some food and he agreed. Later the brothers took there father to see the Pharaoh and thank him for the food and when they got there and Reuben saw that the Pharaoh was Joseph he was so happy. The brothers gave Joseph his coat back and they all stayed in Egypt to be with Joseph.

*****I give this Musical 5 out of 5 stars. I loved this musical because I like musicals. My favorite character was Joseph. I would like to play Joseph. I think anybody would like to go see this musical.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Reviewed by Younger Son

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

I saw The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe at The Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University on April 28, 2007.

Genre: A Kids Musical

This is a story about four kids: Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy. They were sent to a professor’s house to stay away from the war that is going on in there home country. One day while the kids were playing hide and seek, the kids found a wardrobe that led to a magical place called Narnia.

While Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are in Narnia they come across many miraculous things and do a lot of different things like: talking beavers, being chased by wolves, Edmund meets the White Witch who calls herself the queen of Narnia and tells Edmund to bring the other three kids to her, but Edmund would not give his siblings to her so she puts him in her dungeon. Later Edmund does get saved by Aslan’s people. When Peter, Susan, and Lucy get to Aslan’s camp, he gives Peter a sword and shield, Susan gets a horn so that whenever you blow it, help will come no matter were you are, and Lucy was given a bottle of a magic potion that just one drop of it will heal any wound.

After Peter, Susan, and Lucy reunite with Edmund they are so happy, but the white witch comes and claims the traitor Edmund hers, but Aslan gave up his life to save Edmund. Aslan died on the stone table. Soon after that Peter and Edmund go to war, they lost, and were taken to the witch’s castle. When the four children all meet each other there, Aslan came back to life because he gave his life for another. He had even more knowledge of the deeper magic now.

Soon after, Aslan unfroze all of the warriors that were frozen by the witch. So they went into a second battle and Aslan ate the white witch and Edmund got badly wounded, but thanks to Lucy and her gift from Aslan, Edmund didn’t die. Finally Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy were crowned kings and queens of Narnia. Many years have passed and the four kids (now adults) have ruled Narnia with many different adventures. While they were riding in the forest they come upon a familiar sight and when they were having a look around they stumbled through the old wardrobe and they saw themselves as the four little kids and were no longer kings and queens and were home again.

**** I give this musical 3 out of 5 stars. I liked this musical because I like how the performing arts center can make such a huge movie and book into a 1 hour long musical with only 6 people doing all the parts. I think that was great. My favorite character was Aslan. I would like to play Aslan. I think any kid under the age of 13 would like to see this musical.