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REVIEW: "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" - Redcliffe Musical Theatre + Roar Academy 

The collaborative effort between Redcliffe Musical Theatre and Roar Academy in presenting "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" resulted in a vibrant and captivating theatrical experience that left audiences thoroughly entertained.

In the performance I saw, Tylah-Jay Foster and Mia Hunt as the narrators set the tone with their powerful voices that immediately captured attention, guiding us through the biblical tale of Joseph. One of the undeniable highlights of the production was the portrayal of Joseph’s brothers, with standout performances in musical numbers like 'One More Angel in Heaven', 'Those Canaan Days', and 'Benjamin Calypso'. Anthony Van Stam, Erickson Ilustre, and Tyler Mackay shone in their respective solos, infusing each performance with exceptional infectious energy and vocal prowess. The brothers’ commitment to exaggerated performances and comedic flair contributed significantly to my enjoyment and to the overall success of the production.

Benjamin Oxley's portrayal of Joseph was applaudable, embodying the character's dreamy demeanour and inner strength beautifully. While a robe and wig would have further solidified Joseph's Egyptian persona, Oxley's performance resonated well with me. Paul Cant's portrayal of Jacob was wonderful, infusing the character with warmth and gravitas in his limited scenes. Vocal performances throughout the show were of a consistently high standard, with 'Close Every Door' leaving a particularly powerful impression, enhanced by the charming children ensemble. While the music direction was commendable, clearer enunciation of lyrics could have enhanced the audience's understanding and appreciation of the fully sung-through show. 

Costuming played a significant role in enhancing the visual spectacle of the production, with Joseph's iconic coat stealing the spotlight. The children ensemble, adorned in a kaleidoscope of colours, created a visually stunning backdrop for the performance of ‘Joseph’s Coat.’

The set design effectively transported the audience to the a regal Egyptian era, with the towering staircase lending a sense of grandeur to the stage. Due to its simplicity, the set provided ample space for the large cast to manoeuvre, allowing for complex dance numbers. 

Choreography, particularly in the lively hoedown of 'One More Angel in Heaven', showcased precision and energy under the skilful direction of Jada Parsons. I have to mention Sienna Randall's standout performance. She infused each dance movement with constant energy and had a terrific ability to embody her characters through facial expressions; drawing the audience's attention towards her in each group number. While the dancers displayed impressive technical skill, there was a noticeable lack of expressive facial performances today. Despite this, the overall choreography contributed to the dynamic energy of the production.

The incorporation of small comedic moments, (the corn, the bedroom scene, the fly buzzing around, the plush lamb), added depth and more humour to the production, showcasing the director’s attention to detail and the cast’s comedic talent. The addition of Pharaoh dressed as Elvis added a whimsical touch. Although technical issues with the microphone briefly detracted from some of their comedic moments, the cast's quick thinking ensured that the show went on without missing a beat.

Despite facing some other technical challenges, including soundtrack issues and awkward blocking, the cast displayed resilience and professionalism. Navigating the challenges of bringing an Andrew Lloyd Webber production to the amateur stage is no easy feat, yet the cast rose to the occasion and embraced the campy comedy and iconic music of the show, delivering wonderful vocal performances. 

The Megamix finale had the audience grooving in their seats, showcasing the cast's high energy with song-after-song-after-song; it honestly looked exhausting! 'Go Go Joseph' was a standout moment that left a lasting impression, with its infectious melody and lively choreography energising the audience and leaving me humming the tune long after the show ended. Overall, the production succeeded in delivering a lively and enjoyable performance, leaving the audience thoroughly entertained.


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