Jealous brothers plot against Joseph
JOSEPH and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Weber operatic musical in rehearsal at Ballina Players, tells the Biblical story of Jacob (Rod Ramsay) and his sons.
It is a tale of jealousy and intrigue, but also of forgiveness and mercy.
Clearly favoured by his father, Joseph (Brian Pamphilon) is strongly resented by his brothers, and Jacob's gift of a many-coloured coat is the last straw.
The brothers conspire to seize Joseph, sell him into slavery and tell their father that he is dead.
In Egypt, circumstances and his extraordinary gift for interpreting dreams, are in Joseph's favour, and he becomes Pharaoh's right-hand man.
He shows compassion when his famine-stricken brothers come to the court to beg for food.
The entire story is put to music, and the songs are lively, memorable and sometimes very funny.
The clever mix of musical styles sees Pharaoh (Matthew Wood) break into an Elvis impersonation Song of the King, Joseph's brother Rueben (Mike Sheehan) tells his story as a hillbilly western , One More Angel in Heaven and brother Simeon sings the French-style ballad Those Canaan Days.
Audiences are also treated to 1920s swing, calypso and disco.
Other well-known hits are Close Every Door and Any Dream Will Do.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is directed by Paul Belsham, assisted by Sue Belsham.
Paul and Sue have been involved with Ballina Players since 2003 and this year were made life members.
Paul Belsham is also musical director and is assisted by Leanne Broadley who was musical director earlier this year for the production of Shrek Jr.
The choreography throughout this musical is the work of Jamie Sheehan.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be staged at the Players Theatre, Swift St, from June 16 to July 9.
Tickets are available online at ballinaplayers.com.au and at Windrose Travel, Riverwalk Arcade, Ballina, Phone 02 6686 6566.
Opening night on Friday, June 16, is a black tie event, commencing 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.