Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
|Date||8th May 2015|
|Society||Aberdeen Youth Music Theatre|
|Venue||Tivoli Theatre, Aberdeen|
|Type of Production||Musical|
|Musical Director||Jenny Cranna|
Author: Douglas J Clark
The 47 members of Junior AYMT once again proved what a wealth of talent there is among our young people when they are given encouragement and direction. Murray Hossick was excellent in the demanding title role of Joseph with not a wrong word, note or movement in his performance. I liked the use of the three girls – Ellie Yeats, Jennifer McClung and Lisa MacCallum – sharing the role of the Narrator, their voices blending well together making for some interesting harmonisation. Joshua Milne made the most of his appearance as the Pharaoh – his hip swirling movements in the Song of the King having the ladies on stage and in the audience screaming (a career as an Elvis Presley impersonator could beckon!) Strong support was given by the brothers - Beth Nicholson (Reuben), Anna Scott (Simeon), Henry Ronaldson (Levi), Oli Williamson(Judah), Rachel Henderson(Dan), Hannah Jarret (Naphtali), Christopher Dewsbury(Gad), Beth Kelly (Asher), Olivia Douglas (Issachar), Samuel Anderson (Zebulun) and Gracie Spencer (Benjamin). I particularly enjoyed their renditions of One More Angel, Those Canaan Days and Benjamin Calypso. Also strong in their roles were Angus Flett (patriarch Jacob), Drummond Stephen (a diminutive Potiphar), Larah Mudkavi (Mrs Potiphar) and Gregor Morrison (Baker). The company singing and movement were excellent throughout but particularly good in the rousing finale Any Dream Will Do and the enthusiastic closing Megamix which had the audience singing and clapping along. The 5 piece band kept up a good pace and never overwhelmed the young voices. Good use was made of the simple but effective multi-level set, designed round the theme of books. Congratulations to everyone involved for another excellent show.