On Friday evening, Aspect Inc opened their colourful production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
The production, directed by Rhylee Nowell, transported audiences into the biblical story of Joseph and his coat of many colours. This iconic musical explores universal themes such as jealousy and power through its score of rock- and pop-influenced numbers.
Bradley Marshall shone in the title role of Joseph. His extremely impressive vocal range and characterisation expertly helped narrate Joseph’s journey, from being sold as a slave to becoming the most powerful man in Egypt. A particularly memorable moment was Marshall’s rendition of ‘Close Every Door’. His pure tone, accompanied by the Children’s Choir, created an angelic moment. It is clear that he has a huge future ahead of him.
Carly Daley, as the Narrator, wowed the audience with her powerful voice, particularly in the opening of Act 2 with ‘Pharaoh’s Story’. No stranger to the stage, Daley was an absolute star in this role. Brava!
It also must be mentioned that the set designed by Graeme Bulluss was an absolute standout. Whilst the design was simple, it was extremely dynamic. When paired with Robyn Walker’s choreography, particularly in the number ‘Joseph’s Coat’, it was used to its full creative potential.
The band, under the baton of Malcom Huddle, achieved an incredibly full sound, something community theatre productions often lack. It was a real joy to listen to the musicians play the score with such ease. The vocal work of the ensemble was also balanced and impressive.
Whilst the technicolor coat was beautifully constructed, it seemed as though some of the other costuming lacked attention to detail. At times, the costume choices didn’t completely specify which time period this production was set in.
The choreography was simple yet effective in telling Joseph’s story. However, at times I was at a loss for where my attention was meant to be, as the large cast filled various areas of the space. I hope that as the show continues, the choreography will become sharper. A special mention must be given to Aimee John for absolutely shining in her featured dance sections. Brava!
Overall, this production was colourful, fun and heartfelt at times. It is a great, vibrant night out at the theatre that is suitable for the whole family to enjoy.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat plays through until the 30th of July.
To book tickets head to https://www.trybooking.com/192488