ON STAGE: The Pharaoh (played by Matthew Wood) and dancers in Ballina Players' upcoming production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat..
ON STAGE: The Pharaoh (played by Matthew Wood) and dancers in Ballina Players' upcoming production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat..

A musical audience with the king of Egypt

IN Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Joseph, the hero of Ballina Players forthcoming operatic musical, finds himself thrust into the limelight at the Egyptian court.

His brothers' jealousy and treachery sees Joseph (Brian Pamphilon) sold as a slave and imprisoned, but the Pharaoh (Matthew Wood) hears of his reputation for interpreting dreams.

The Pharaoh is troubled by a recurring dream which Joseph realises is a warning of famine to blight the kingdom after seven good seasons.

A grateful Pharaoh charges Joseph with carrying out the preparations needed to save Egypt from the famine, and he becomes the second most powerful man in the kingdom.

MUSICAL: Joseph (Brian Pamphilon) flaunts his coat on stage.
MUSICAL: Joseph (Brian Pamphilon) flaunts his coat on stage.

The role of Pharaoh is played by Matthew Wood in his first production with Ballina Players.

Matthew has been involved in choirs and musical theatre on and off since high school with roles in The Mikado and other Gilbert & Sullivan productions; as well as West Side Story, Chess and Joseph once previously.

Matthew says his highlights have been performing the tenor solos in Handel's Messiah and as Jesus in Godspell.

The story of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is told humorously through a frivolous mix of musical styles, with Matthew playing an Elvis-inspired rockin' Pharaoh.

The show features a family-friendly plot, universal themes, humour and catchy lyrics which stay with the audience long after they leave the theatre.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be staged at the Players Theatre, Swift St, from this Friday to July 9.

Tickets are available online at ballinaplayers.com.au and Windrose Travel, Riverwalk Arcade, Ballina.

  • This Friday, Opening Night commences at 7.15pm in the Ballina Players foyer offering a complimentary glass of champagne and canapés prior to the show and a chance to meet the cast after the show.

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