“Any Dream Will Do” with Fauquier Community TheatreBy Laura & Mike Clark • Oct 10th, 2006 • Category: Reviews
Listen to our review of Fauquier Community Theatre’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat [MP3 6:59 2MB].
Mike: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a musical written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. It is based loosely on the coat ofmany colors story of Joseph from the Bible. The entire show is a musical. There is no spoken dialogue except at the very beginning when they added a little bit with the Narrator talking to the children in a Sunday School type class.
Laura: This was a really fun show, I enjoyed it a lot. Joseph is always done with a lot of energy, with a lot of really good costumes, a lot of good singing and dancing, and they pulled it off really well.
Mike: Joseph is probably the very first show that Laura and I saw when we were dating back in the early ’90’s. She took me to it and I didn’t know what to expect. I remember I got there late because I had a class at Virginia Tech. But, it was amazing. And when the Pharaoh came out as the King I was just enthralled. To think that almost fifteen years later people are still doing this show is just amazing. Fauquier Community Theatre did a pretty good job with it. We saw the professional Broadway touring troupe up in Baltimore last year.
Laura: The Narrator was played by Aubrey Stanton. She did a really good job. She had a nice voice, a powerful voice. You could hear her above the other singers when she had solos. She really stood out. She also had really nice expression. Her costume was also colorful and I liked her performance very much.
Mike: The title character, Joseph, was played by John Weathers. He did an ok job with the part. I felt, unfortunately, that he didn’t quite grab it by the reigns and command the role. He got the songs out, he did the motions. I watched his expressions while they were singing the Benjamin Calypso. He did Ok, but I just felt he was being tentative at some points. I don’t know if he was a little nervous being in front of a lot of people. I mean, he was only wearing shorts for most of the show. He did a good job, but I just felt like he didn’t have that little spark of playfulness. He wasn’t enjoying himself. I think that might have been it. That’s such a fun part. You see this boy through the course of the show become a man. The character has to age fifteen years and they didn’t do that.
Joseph also requires a huge cast. There was a lot of doubling of parts, but there were between forty to fifty people on stage at different points. There were about twenty children that were part of the class and then were part of the chorus. They did the dancing, they had some songs they sang. Actually right where we were sitting there was a child singing the different colors of the technicolor dreamcoat. I could actually hear his words explicitly. He actually knew all the colors. They run through about 25 different colors that were in the jacket, in the dreamcoat. And he did it. I was very impressed. I assumed the other children also knew the colors to sing.
Laura: Another character that did not get mentioned, but, I think, deserves recognition is the sheep. There were two sheep in Joseph. They were not real sheep obviously, they were children dressed up as sheep, but they did really good. When they were singing the song, “Those Caanan Days,” they made the comment that they are down to their very last sheep. The little sheep realized that she was about to be dinner and screamed and ran off the stage. It was just so funny. Everybody was howling.
Mike: With such a large cast, we can’t possibly talk about all the different characters, but one character that is pretty important is Pharaoh played by Robert Bach. Pharaoh is done up as the King. And I’m not going to give you anymore detail if you haven’t seen Joseph. You need to be surprised. He did a pretty good job. He wooed the women and had a little bit of an attitude being the king. So I like how they had some of the other extras on stage doing business and then the king would come up and they would bow down to him. That was pretty funny. That was very effective.
Laura: And Potiphar, the rather influential person in Egypt was played by Ian Heflin. He did really well. He had a nice job. He had a bright costume. He came on doing stage business that I thought was really well done. He looked the part of the prim and proper and very wealthy Potiphar. I liked that scene very much.
Mike: Since the entire show is a musical there are many different styles of music. You’ve got calypso, you’ve got disco, you’ve got country, you’ve got rock ‘n’ roll, and it’s all done with a lot of fun. The lighting adds a lot to the show. Unfortunately, the lighting was a little bland. I think the bright whites that were washing the stage kind of flooded out some of the colored lights they were using. Especially during the disco scene. You could see they were the bright greens and blues and different other bright colors shining up on the ceiling. But there were also a lot of bright whites filling in the stage. I think they just totally washed out the colored lights. The costumes were really colorful for the disco scene, but the lighting wasn’t the greatest for that part. Overall the lighting got the job done, but it missed that little extra spark.
Laura: Overall the sound was really well done. They did have some feedback problems that were a little bit distracting at times.
Mike: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is one of the most popular musicals in musical theater history. Just as an example it toured last year through the DC area with the National Broadway Tour. It’s also playing three times this year. Fauquier Community Theatre is doing it right now. Reston Community Theatre is doing it next month in October/November. Next year in the Spring, Port Tobacco Players in La Plata is doing it. We encourage you to go see the show and if you’re in the Fauquier region definitely go see it.
Laura: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is playing through October 22nd at the Fauquier Community Theatre in Warrenton, Virginia. Do call to make reservations. It was not sold out when we saw the performance, but it was pretty nearly full.
Mike: And if you haven’t heard the music before, you can hear it on our online radio station. Simply go to ShowBizRadio.net/listen/. Click the link there and pull up your MP3 player and you can listen to our Broadway Show tunes.
Laura: And the next performance that FCT will be doing is Arsenic and Old Lace in December 2006. And now, on with the show.
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Laura & Mike Clark started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.