"I have a dream! I have a dream that one day...we will be able to join hands as sisters and brothers."
Dr. Martin Luther King
Dr. Martin Luther King on that famous day in 1963, in Washington in front of the Lincoln Memorial, delivered a ground breaking speech about his dream. A dream where men, with no distinction of race or creed, can share a common dream to live toghether in peace and harmony. A dream we all share but have yet to see come true.
Just like Martin Luther King, our Joseph also had dreams.
"Some folks dream of the wonders they'll do Before their time on this planet is through. Some just don't have anything planned They hide their hopes and their heads in the sand But if you think it, want it, dream it, then it's real You are what you feel: In the story of a boy whose dream came true And he might be you, Any dream will do"
Tim Rice (from Joseph)
Joseph just like any young man, had dreams and aspirations. In this story he overcomes adversity, rejection, false accusations, even a jail sentence to see his dream fulfilled. Just like Joseph every single one of our young people has their own dreams and aspirations, no matter what that dream might be, every dream is valid and worth having; the important thing is that they should have their own special dream and not-as the song says: hide their hopes and their heads in the sand. A dream that they feel is really worth all the sacrifice and hard work. I feel that our responsibility as adults is to help and guide them to fulfilling their dream, no matter what it might be. Maybe in our eyes it's trivial or unimportant, but we should not be judgemental but be supportive of their dreams. I personally fell in love with "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" when I first staged it, way back in 1982, I found the message for our young people so strong, and the show so vibrant and dynamic that I staged it again in 1993. Now we are 27 years later fulfilling my dream of staging a new, modernized version of one of my favourite musicals: It gives me great pleasure to have had in this show children of some of the original cast members from 1982! How's that for closing the cycle?
This show was fondly dedicated to the memory of Natalie Weijsenfeld (1975 - 1994). Head girl and cast member of Joseph in 1993.