Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

August 15, 2001

Review by Molly Lenarduzzi

The Narrator (Melodie Taylor) and Joseph (Brad Sandy)


 

Putnam County Playhouse's production of 'Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' is a wonderful, glittering roller coaster ride beginning in modern day & taking us back to the ancient lands of Canaan & Egypt, as described in the Bible book of Genesis. We follow the story, guided by the Narrator, of the biblical Joseph from his early days as Jacob's favorite son to his rise as 2nd in command to Pharaoh.

This fast paced musical jewel is highlighted by a wide array of different styles of music. Nearly every genre is represented in 'Joseph', including Country & Western, Calypso & Psychedelic, making it an enjoyable night of theatre for all ages.

A refreshing difference in this production, as opposed to most others, is the elimination of the children's chorus. Instead, director Jack Randall Earles opts for a multi-roled adult chorus, still giving a rounded and full vocal performance without the extra distraction that the children's chorus has lended to other productions.

Playing the title role of Joseph is Brad Sandy, a familiar face at the Putnam County Playhouse. To say that Brad does a great job would be an understatement! He displays the singing/acting talent & self-confidence required to bring the character of Joseph to life.

The role of Narrator showcases the vocal talents of Melodie Taylor who does a tremendous job on songs such as the "Prologue," & "Pharaoh's Story." She is definitely the perfect choice for this demanding role.

Other shining performances include Aaron Rambo, Eric Meyer & Scott Armitage as featured brothers with solo vocal performances. Their animated performances are priceless! Kudos also for their comedic contributions go to Ernie Ford (Jacob), and Jeff & Joan Osborn as Potiphar & Mrs. Potiphar, respectively. And who could forget "The King" himself. Chris Wurster (Pharaoh) knocks the bobby socks off the audience with the "Song of the King" and "Stone the Crows."

The supporting cast of the brothers and the chorus deserve to be mentioned for their talent as well as their stamina. No one falls behind throughout this whole rip-roaring show.

The Putnam County Playhouse's production of 'Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' is an inspiring musical that encourages us to dream. It shows us that no matter what dire circumstances in which we may find ourselves, we can visualize something better on the horizon and trust that any dream will do...

THE CAST
Joseph..........Brad Sandy
The Narrator..........Melodie Taylor
Jacob..........Ernie Ford
Pharaoh..........Chris Wurster
Levi..........Aaron Rambo
Reuben..........Eric Meyer
Judah..........Scott Armitage
Benjamin..........Craig Armitage
Naphtali..........Keith Bodnarick
Gad..........Joshua Bain
Simeon..........Scot Curry
Issachar..........Bryan Halleck
Dan..........Bob Hedge
Asher..........Matt McClaine
Zebulon..........Jake Osborn
Potiphar..........Jeff Osborn
Mrs. Potiphar, Egyptian..........Joan Osborn
Rachel, Egyptian..........Lita Sandy
Bilhah, Angel, Egyptian..........Ginger Curry
Zilpah, Egyptian..........Sherry Hedge
Leah, Ishmaelite, Guard..........Jan Ford
Diane, Ishmaelite, Butler..........Celsea Wurster
Martha, Baker, Egyptian..........Kathryn Dory
Pharaoh's Interpreter..........Ian Cornell
Elul, Egyptian..........Sarah Armitage
Vashti, Egyptian..........Pam Bopp
Abigail, Egyptian..........Kristen Cash
Sheba, Egyptian..........Stacey Higgins
Bethel, Egyptian..........Kara Montgomery
Diaspora, Egyptian..........Teri Osborn

THE CREW
Director-Choreographer..........Jack Randall Earles
Assistant Director..........Michelle Osborne
Musical Director..........Robin Gerard
Vocal Director..........Kathryn Dory
Production Stage Manager..........Bryan Schroeder
Assistant Stage Managers..........Linda N. Miller-Morse & Robert K. Morse
Backdrops Designed and Painted by..........Linda Gjesvold
Set Pieces Designed and Built by..........Linda Gjesvold
Lighting Designer..........Kathy Stephan
Operator..........Mike Mitchell
Spotlight Operator..........Look Above You : )
Sound Designer and Operator..........Greg Stephan
Costume Design and Construction..........Pat Armitage
Costume Assistants..........Karen Temple, Kathy Stephan, Pam Bopp, Stacey Higgins, Maureen Wagner, Linda Gjesvold
Egyptian Costumes for Joseph and Pharaoh designed and constructed by..........Tina Oetken

THE BAND
Pianist..........Robin Gerard
Percussion..........Michael McClaine
Synthesizer..........Sam Ballou
Bass Guitar..........Drew Brattain