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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: A Family Affair

July 19, 2017
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By Leah Bailey

On the day of the auditions, I ran into Beth Wortley in the hall. She was so excited that I had agreed to audition because she just knew it was going to be something very special for our whole family. She was absolutely right! We had a great time.  Even though William, who is only 4, was not participating in the production, he sat at the back of rehearsals playing with his cars, dancing and singing the songs. Anytime we got in the car, whether it was to go to church, the store or a road trip, the kids wanted to listen to Joseph. They knew the lyrics better than we did. Joseph has been an everyday character in our family for months now.

The opportunity to share an experience of this magnitude with our children, Weldon and Ellen, was AMAZING! Weldon has been in musicals before. He has even shared the Joseph stage with his mom and youngest brother before. Joseph and family were nothing new to him, but it was a totally new experience for Ellen and I, since we have never been on a musical theater stage before.

We cherish our time on stage together, as well as all the behind the scene moments – eating dinner in the dressing room, going out for REALLY late night Whataburger after rehearsals, snapping shots on set, putting props away, and doing hair and makeup together.  Y’all should have seen us at the pharmacy discussing makeup for Weldon, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to discuss certain lyrics like “stone the crow” with Ellen.

We are so thankful for FirstChurch and all the opportunities it provides for our family to be together, growing personally and in our faith.  We are also grateful for the opportunity to grow new and old friendships across the generations, and for Beth, Dana and Tim who took a chance on the Baileys. It was an experience we will cherish forever, and we hope to all do it again sometime soon (including William!). It was red and yellow and green and brown…

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