BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Bakersfield College is putting on a performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for a very special audience on Thursday night.
Dr. Jen Garrett, Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Bakersfield College, announced that the company will put on a special show for children with disabilities that would not normally be able to attend the performance.
"The kids have a variety of disabilities and normally could not attend a show. We are accommodating them by changing our lights to take out things such as strobe lights and lowering (as much as we can) the sound of the orchestra," she explained. "This will be a good experience for our students as they perform for an audience that could make noises at times when other audience members wouldn’t."
The show will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday night and is free for all the kids and their parents.
"This will be a good experience for our students as they perform for an audience that could make noises at times when other audience members wouldn’t. The kids might need to get up and move or walk around. They might not respond with cheers and laughter as the students are used to. So I believe it will be a great experience for all," added Garrett.
Regular performances will also be held on Friday at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday at 2 p.m., and 7:20 p.m. Tickets are available at EventBrite and are $10 and $15.
Garrett points out that "Our shows are also fundraisers because of the way the fiscal year falls we do not receive a budget for the musicals. So they are self-funded and we need to fill."