Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat packed the Aud Theatre for five performances last week, from May 6 – 9.
It is a story of wonder, arising out of the dreams of an adolescent. Joseph, a boy becoming a man, also becomes a world-changer in the days of the Pharaohs.
His story is a true one - foundational to the survival of his brothers and what was to become the nation of Israel.
The stage musical with a pit orchestra filled Virden’s Aud with a fun and colourful extravaganza.
The play’s gentle opening was low-key to what followed. The characters were always in motion flowing flawlessly through the vigorous choreography of each scene.
Joseph’s (Josh Hildebrandt) facial expression told the story. Sparkling vocal narrative of Tara Mathew and an Elvis-styled Pharaoh, played by Dean Munchinsky (who re-invented
himself slightly at each performance), were highlights. The entire cast shone in their roles.
While the theatre afforded good seating throughout, occasionally, some of the vocal narrative was diffi cult to hear clearly.
A full cast of over 90 included the singers, dancers and key players. Noted as the ‘dreamer’, Michelle Chyzyk co-directed the musical, along with Dean Munchinsky who also played Pharaoh.
Chyzyk refl ects on this rewarding work, said to be the biggest she has ever done, “The amount of people who threw their heart and soul into every aspect... sponsors, the community...it took us to
Joseph was outstanding among amateur productions; everything went smoothly. “It took an incredible amount of people working together to make that happen,” explains the director.
“Everybody was doing their passion,” she says, crediting the crew as true artisans as well.
Words cannot do justice to Joseph.