Sunday, May 19, 2013

"A Technicolor Promise", presented by children at Arlington VA church; compare to the "Dreamcoat"


Sunday, May 19, 2013 the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Arlington VA produced the 40-minute children’s musical, music  “A Technicolor Promise”, by Allen Pote, lyrics by Carole McCann. Laura Edelbrock conducted from the piano.
   
The musical tells the Biblical story of Noah and the ark, and is quite explicit that everything in the world would be wiped out from the Flood, and that the world would have to repopulated itself from a male and female of every living thing. There is a certain silliness to it.

The music is sometimes avant garde, going in to jazz, and simulating thunder with dissonant, whole-tone chords on the piano.
  
The stage props are remarkable.  With the storm, there are props showing negative and positive lightning strikes.  The animals are represented by caps.  The ark itself is showing a by wall that rises onto the stage. 

YouTube has a performance at a Presbyterian Church in Wilmington DE. 

  
Here is a site that sells the music score, link
  
I was somewhat reminded of the big musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice, which I saw that the National Theater in Washington DC in the middle 1990s (at least one cast member had been a regular at Tracks).   That’s about what happens t the end of Genesis.  The “coat of many colors” fed in to the resentment of all the tribal brothers to Joseph’s outspokenness, particularly about the significance of his dreams, of which he was proud.  Yet, in anticipation of the curious double meaning of “The Parable of the Talents” in the New Testament, Joseph’s gifts indeed save his people. 
A DVD of the musical directed by David Mamet became available in 1999. 

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