Last night the Lower Ossington Theatre opened its production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to an enthusiastic house.
The Robert Wilkinson directed production, originally written by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice was a fine way to spend an evening with friends.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat tells the Biblical tale of Joseph, his jealous brothers and his renowned dream interpretations.
How appropriate that The LOT would choose to begin this production during the Holiday season which either brings families together or tears them apart. In Joseph’s story, his father showers him with praise and devotion while seemingly ignoring his other 11 sons.
The production is full of fun routines by many of the actors which range from musical genres of rock, country, Caribbean and French styles.
Jeff Hookings as Joseph came across as vocally lacking during his first performance of “Any Dream Will Do” but his voice seemed to strengthen some in later scenes. Stand out performances were supplied by Phil Skala as Simeon (as well as the supporting cast) who illicited the most laughs and brought the most fun with “Those Canaan Days” and Adam Proulx as Pharoah with his Elvis inspired rendition of “Seven Fat Cows.”
Also stand out due to his sheer ability to move on stage with grace and fun was Jeffery Bowers as Jacob/Potiphar. It might be worth the price of admission alone to witness him perform several well landed and totally unexpected pirouettes in a row.
This production of Joseph, like its predecessors, is a song and dance filled good time with fairly strong performances by the company. Last night’s show encouraged audience participation, which was happily supplied by all in attendance during the reprise and mash up of the evening’s musical renditions.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a story of a flawed family that finds their way back to each other after treachery and years of absence. It’s a story about believing in your dreams no matter how far fetched they may seem.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is on stage now at The Lower Ossington Theatre and runs until December 30.
All photos courtesy of Seanna Kennedy Photography