LEADING ROLE: Award-winning actor Brian Pamphilon as Joseph.
LEADING ROLE: Award-winning actor Brian Pamphilon as Joseph.

Joseph's biblical return to Ballina

WITH "a crash of drums, a flash of light" the operatic musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will hit the Ballina Players stage in June, directed by Paul Belsham.

Its storyline, universal themes and catchy songs have made it a hit world-wide since first being produced in 1972.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a musical or operetta with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber which premiered in 1970.

The story is based on the "coat of many colours" story of Joseph from the Bible's Book of Genesis.

The show has little spoken dialogue; it is completely sung-through and features 22 musical numbers.

The musical offers a new version of the Biblical story of Joseph, his devoted father Jacob, jealous brothers and his amazing adventures.

The favourite son, Joseph, has been given the gift of a coat of many colours by his father Jacob, which causes him to be the victim of an abduction plot by his brothers.

He survives to triumph at the Pharaoh's court and has the upper hand when next he meets his brothers.

Joseph is played by Brian Pamphilon, who also played the part of Joseph for Ballina Players production in 2010.

More recently, he appeared as Captain Tempest in Return to the Forbidden Planet (June 2016), and as Huck Finn in Big River (December 2015), for which he won Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical with the Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards.

An on-stage choir of adults and children is part of one of the largest casts ever assembled by Ballina Players.

With its humour, memorable songs, spectacular costumes and high energy dance numbers, this production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will appeal to a broad audience.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be staged at the Players Theatre, Swift St, from June 16 to July 9.

Opening night on Friday, June 16, will be a premium, black tie event, starting at 7.15pm in the Ballina Players foyer offering a chance to meet the cast after the show.

Tickets are available on line at ballinaplayers.com.au and at Windrose Travel, Riverwalk Arcade, Ballina (phone: 6686 6566).


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