Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Date 16th March 2019
Society Airdrie & Coatbridge Amateur Operatic Society
Venue Sir John Wilson Town Hall, Airdrie
Type of Production Musical
Director Eleanor McKay
Musical Director Ross Angus
Choreographer Lisa Kennedy

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Author: David Black

This Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice collaboration is one of the most popular family musicals which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year telling the story of Jacob’s favourite son Joseph and his eleven brothers entirely through song. From the opening sequence of this production we knew we were in for a treat and we were certainly not disappointed.  In the title role, Steven Struthers was just amazing in his portrayal as the dreamer Joseph holding the audience in the palm of his hand throughout the show. Usually only with one narrator, this production had three, with Caley Cheney, Katie Angus and Laura Shepherd each bringing their own outstanding individuality to the narration. All portraying the brothers brought great energy and excitement to their roles, joined by Mark Andrews ably cast as Jacob, their father. Playing the part of Pharaoh, Ian Campbell put his own stamp on the ‘Song of The King’! Other featured roles included Andrew Rae and Lisa Cassidy who were brilliantly cast as Mr and Mrs Potiphar and similarly were Amy McDonald and Susan Campbell as the Butler and the Baker.  This was a dynamically colourful, slick and polished production.  The singing, choreography and drama provided by the entire company was of the highest standard and the creatively designed staging added to the spectacle.  A huge well done to all the principals, featured ensembles, dancers, production team including the unseen band. The standing ovation was well deserved and was indeed testimony to the quality of the production. Truly amazing!