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Bishop Ireton High School Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

By • Apr 3rd, 2011 • Category: Cappies

The coat was “red and yellow and green and brown and scarlet and black and ochre and peach” and well, you get the picture; Joseph’s coat was the finest sight in all of Canaan. Such a beautiful coat brought his eleven brothers to envious treachery as they faked his death and sold him into slavery. All ends well, however, in Bishop Ireton’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as Joseph’s dreams really do come true.

What started out as a 15 minute cantata at an all boy school in London in 1968 has now become one the most performed musicals to date. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s biblically-based musical tells the story of jealousy, forgiveness, and dreams leaving the audience with the message “any dream will do.”

The cast of Joseph at Bishop Ireton showed great versatility as they gracefully leaped from genre to genre in their consecutive musical numbers. From country, to calypso; from Elvis, to Broadway, the ensemble covered it all with enthusiasm. The overall energy, while high at points, and abundantly apparent in some individuals, was not completely there at times, however.

Performing in the title role was Ricky Drummond, as Joseph, who put this show on his shoulders. Drummond’s performance of “Close Every Door” was easily the most intimate moment of the production as he made the audience swoon with his excellent vocals. He managed to be consistent throughout a performance that demanded a lot from an individual, and still was able to wow the audience with his final note.

Bruno del Alamo also took his role to heart as the King himself, the Pharaoh. Alamo not only played the King of Egypt, but brought back the King of Rock-and-Roll with his hypnotic hip shaking and crazy embodiment of cool. Without a doubt, the audience lamented when Alamo left the building.

In a show that requires the absolute devotion of everyone on stage, when not everyone seems completely invested, certain individuals shine. Jack Ladd, who played Joseph’s brother Benjamin, stood out from his peers as both energetic and talented. One could always depend on Ladd to have the biggest smile or the most dramatic frown when fitting in this musical.

The story of Joseph was kept moving by the three melodious narrators Danielle Comer, Julianne Kuhn, and Elizabeth Foster. The three narrators were also consistent throughout the story and managed to sing with incredible strength from prologue to finale.

In the spirit of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s love for modernization, which is incredibly clear in this particular piece, Bishop Ireton added to the already eclectic performance with fun references to Burger King and the TSA just to mention a few. The costume crew also took the zaniness of this show to heart with their creation of 190 costume pieces. While some of the pieces were at times almost over the top, they always had the right intention of representing the genre of the specific scene. Mary Grant, who designed the lighting, is also worth mentioning as she created and executed a light plot that supplemented the performance perfectly.

Bishop Ireton put on a fun, family-friendly show that put a smile everyone’s face.

by Becca Allen of Langley High School

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