Bloomfield Collegiate’s vibrant production of “Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat” was a terrific success.
Playing the incredibly challenging roles of the narrators, Eden and Rachel weaved the colourful story together with their energy and beautiful singing. Their impressive range was clearly evident throughout the production, including “Joseph’s Dreams”, “Poor, Poor Joseph”, “Potiphar” and “Stone the Crows”.
The eleven girls who played Joseph’s brothers and Potiphar’s men did a wonderful job, performing as a group but also showing their separate and distinct personalities. Abi’s portrayal of Reuben and her fantastic singing of “One More Angel in Heaven” was particularly emotional. The delivery of “Those Canaan Days” was perfectly melancholic and showed the desperation the brothers felt during the famine. Hannah was also excellent, evoking great sympathy from the audience during “Benjamin’s Calypso”. Their father, Jacob, was played by Emily and his reunion with Joseph at the end of the musical was a triumph of storytelling.
Sarah’s Elvis-esque performance of the Pharaoh’s “Song of the King” was superb and Storm’s portrayal of Potiphar’s Wife was wonderfully comedic.
Niamh played both Potiphar, who buys Joseph as a slave, and the Baker who learns some distressing news from one of Joseph’s prophesies. These were certainly very memorable supporting performances, especially “Go Go Joseph” with Jessica’s clear and sharp singing as the Butler.
Rose dazzled as the charismatic eponymous hero. The solo “Close Every Door” was haunting and had the audience enchanted. Her considerable stage presence meant everyone was singing along to “Any Dream Will Do” by the end of the night.
The production was full of colour with effective lighting, courtesy of Lauren and Kathryn, the various lavish costumes and stunning backdrop created by the Art Department.
The varied pace and musical styles were directed by Mrs Marks and performed by Hannah and Katie (percussion), Ellie and Georgia (trumpet), Thea and Amelia (flute), Robyn (saxophone), and Clara (horn). Well done!
This is a production of many colours and challenges, but they were all directed magnificently by Mrs Luke and Mr Mulholland.
Dr Barr said: “The School’s production of ‘Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat” was, in every respect, wonderful. To get that level of performance from young people is amazing. I would like to thank all staff who helped to create these very special memories.”