Upper Room Theatre Ministry Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatBy Laura & Mike Clark • Jul 19th, 2007 • Category: Reviews, Stand Out!
Listen to our review of Upper Room Theatre Ministry’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat [MP3 5:14 1.5MB].
Mike: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a musical written by Tim Rice; music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. It’s the retelling of the biblical story of Joseph. A young man whose brothers are jealous of his ability to tell the future. They feel threatened by it because he is predicting that for some reason he will be worshipped by the brothers. They decide to kill him, but instead of going through with it they sell him as a slave to a band of passing Ishmaelites. Joseph ends up in Egypt and through no fault of his own ends up in prison. One thing leads to another and he is released from prison and becomes an assistant to the pharaoh. A famine strikes the land and the brothers are starving so they go to Egypt to get some food and end up before Joseph.
Laura: This was a spectacular show. I would rate this as a standout. The energy was just outstanding. The dancing and singing was fabulous. It was just so much fun. The kids showed so much enthusiasm. It was just outstanding.
Mike: The Upper Room Theatre Ministry is part of the youth ministry at the All Saints’ Church in Manassas. Everyone on stage was part of the youth group from high school through college. They did a great job with this show. There were some very minor technical problems with some of the microphones and some of the lighting cues were a little late or a little early. But the energy that was coming from the performers on stage, both the performers and the musicians, the dancers, the choir. All of it was fantastic. If you can get tickets to this show, do it, but it might be kind of tricky. They added extra seats tonight because there so many people who showed up. If you can get tickets you need to go see this show so that you can see how creative Joseph can be.
Laura: The role of Joseph was played by Sean Bartnick. He did a great job. His emotions were outstanding. His expressions when he was realizing that he was about to go before pharaoh. His singing and remembering about the visions he had had and that they’re coming true was just really good. He had a good strong voice and so much energy. I just really enjoyed his performance.
Mike: There were three narrators in this story. The narrators were the wives of Jacob. At the beginning of the show they were telling a bedtime story to their children who were, of course, the sons of Jacob. The narrators were Laura Myers, Melissa Land, and Diana DiCicco. They did a pretty god job. They were on and off stage a lot. Their parts were a bit smaller than the narrator usually is because they were sharing it with two other people. However it worked really well. There were times when the two of them would gang up together. When Joseph’s mother would be telling a part of the story, they would be like,”What’s going on? What is she going on about?” It worked really well. I really liked early on when Joseph’s mother was singing about the coat of many colors. The other two mothers were looking through the Bible trying to keep up. Every time they would list one of the colors they would change the page. It just worked really well. It was a really nice touch. It was a small touch, but it added a lot to those characters.
Laura: Everybody did a great job. This is one of the largest casts we’ve seen. Over 60 performers, orchestra, choir, the brothers, everybody. It was a huge cast. They all just did great job. There was so much energy. The dance numbers in the scene of “One More Angel in Heaven” was the cowboy scene with lots of great square dancing. It was really fun. So much energy. It was great.
Mike: The choreographer for the show was Vickie Taylor. She did a great job. Partially because it was such a huge cast there was a lot to coordinate. And in this show there is no speaking. It is all sung. There is dancing throughout. She did a great job.
Laura: The set for Joseph was also very well done. So many bright colors. It was almost cartoon like. The Scenic Designer was Candace Penders and the Sound Designer was Dan Martin. They both did a really good job. Because you had a choir on each side of the stage that was nicely balanced. At various points in the show they would put up posters of various things. It just made it really alive and very colorful. Joseph’s coat of many colors was really nice. It was really sparkly and bright.
Mike: Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat lasted about an hour and forty minutes with one intermission. It’s playing Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 and Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm at the All Saints Catholic Church in Manassas, Virginia. If you can get tickets to this show you need to go see it. This was a great show. It’s a very family friendly production. There were a lot of youngsters in the audience and it seemed like most of them were paying close attention to the show and were really following what was going on.
Laura: 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.