The memorable Bible story about Joseph and his coat of many colors, came to life at Everett’s Village Theatre during the KIDSTAGE performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat last week.
Over 50 youth, ages 8 to 18
performed their own rendition of the Broadway hit which was written by composer
Andrew Lloyd Weber and lyricist Tim Rice.
Lake Stevens own Coleman Cummings portrayed Benjamin, one Joseph’s eleven brothers, who sold him to thieves because of their jealousy of Joseph’s relationship with their father.
The kids in this creative and clever production played their roles with complete professionalism and the energy that only the young can bring to the stage.
In the KIDSTAGE version of Joseph five narrators, each with astonishing voices, replaced the normally single narrator.
The Director, Christian Duhamel, enjoyed working with the cast and appreciated their eagerness to learn.
“They learned all the music in just one week. I was amazed by how quickly they learned the material; they dove right in!" Duhamel went on to introduce the Viewpoints technique to build ensemble and trust within the cast, and to create a common language so the actors could be creators as well. “For example, the cast developed their own gestures for the famous ‘Coat of Many Colors’ song,” said Duhamel. “We don’t just tell them what to do and where to stand. They are fully engaged in the creative process. The result is an unified cast telling a compelling story.”
His production of Joseph was entertaining and well worth the two hours. It is a great production to take kids of all ages.