Review of the King School Ely’s production of ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’ on Wednesday 4th December in the Hayward Theatre Ely

‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’, lyrics by Tim Rice, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, is a school production that has certainly stood the test of time since its arrival in the ‘60s. This production by King’s Company played never missing an opportunity to exploit its kaleidoscopic possibilities.  From the ups and downs of Joseph, the shenanigans of the brothers and huge cultural variety ranging from Elvis (complete with that familiar curled lip and pulsating leg), hip-swaying calypso (complete with grass skirt and sudden arrive of a palm tree), luxuriating moments of melancholic French/Jewish nostalgia and a touch of the can-can  to American country and western, this highly colourful and entertaining show had all that it takes to captivate the audience while telling the story of Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat effectively. It was packed with wonderful characterization, smooth flowing tableaux of a phenomenal number of participants and no end of hilarious episodes that revelled in ‘taking the mick’ .

The music, songs and orchestra, was first-rate. Under the Directorship of Peter North, the singing was clear, expressive and moved gracefully and effectively into wonderful part-singing. The accompaniments were particularly well orchestrated and added considerable colour and comedy. Stage movements, choreography and timing were noticeably well designed and effective.

The performers were outstanding: Joseph (played by Elric Dowell), the three narrators (Fiona Campbell, Georgia Schneider and Anna Willis), Pharaoh (Matt Ley), Potiphar (Philip Hicks), Mrs. Potiphar (Emma Jones), Jacob and the brothers, the dancers, the chorus, and the Children’s Choir. They filled the stage with sheer joyous entertainment. It was no wonder nights were ‘sold out’!

Congratulations must go to Director Nick Huntingdon for such a successful effort from a joint senior and junior joint production.

After such a marvellous evening, we look forward to the events in March next year which include two separate intriguing productions: ‘Heritage’ and ‘Honk’.

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2 Responses to “Review of the King School Ely’s production of ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’ on Wednesday 4th December in the Hayward Theatre Ely”

  1. Bruce Doswell Says:

    A super review Dr Westwell, with which I agree completely (but then I would wouldn’t I?!). May I be pedantic and correct ‘Joseph’s’ name please? It should read Elric Doswell.

    • rjwestwell Says:

      Thank you so much. I am so sorry. There is always one mistake and how could I mis-spell the fantastic lead in ‘Jospeh’! I hope it is now amended.

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