Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (youth version)

Date 27th March 2019
Society React Youth Theatre
Venue Empire Theatre Consett
Type of Production Musical
Director Ian Mordue
Musical Director Donna Graham
Choreographer Laura Walley

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Author: Michelle Coulson

Thirty young people aged 7 to 18 took part in this popular musical by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber which is based on the well-loved Bible story of Joseph, his eleven brothers, his dreams and a multi coloured coat. From the start the cast made good use of the minimal set, I particularly liked the giant bible opening and becoming the background for the projections then being closed at the end of the show, a nice touch. This show is sung throughout which is a challenge for any performer and there were some nervous entries and exits of numbers but the performers had the benefit of being accompanied by an eight piece orchestra which gave a full sound.

The enthusiastic group of brothers and wives gave their all in their many numbers with their individual characters coming through, Olivia Stafford as “Rueben”, James Grainger as “Simeon”, Erin Wilde as “Judah” and Emily Donnelly as “Jacob” all leading their numbers well. There was good accompaniment from the young choir on stage and also good supporting performances from the "Egyptians",  “Mr and Mrs Potiphar”, “The Baker” and “The Butler” with lots of people playing multiple roles. The movement complemented the musical numbers well ensuring story telling as well as dance. Costumes were good and the camel costume was both clever and hilarious.

The Narrators Jess Elliot and Amy Edwards shared the story telling role with good harmonies and stage presence and confidently lead the show. Aiden Hay as “Joseph” grew in self-assurance as the show progressed and as he showed the change from slave to Pharaoh’s right hand man. Ben Muirhead as the Elvis style “Pharaoh” was a show stealer; he oozed personality and energy and definitely won the hearts of the audience.

What was clear to see throughout the performance was that the young people on stage were having the time of their lives, enjoying every minute of the applause and cheers from their capacity audience. Well done to everyone involved