Catteral Production 2021: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Ben Harris

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is one of the world’s most beloved family musicals and the chosen production for this year’s Catteral Production. Released as a concept album in 1969, this multi award winning show has been performed hundreds of thousands of times including multiple runs in the West End and on Broadway, international tours, and productions in over 80 countries.

Told entirely through song with the help of the Narrator, the show follows the story of Jacob’s favourite son Joseph and his eleven brothers. After being sold into slavery by the brothers, he ingratiates himself with Egyptian noble Potiphar, but ends up in jail after refusing the advances of Potiphar’s wife.

While imprisoned, Joseph discovers his ability to interpret dreams, and he soon finds himself in front of the mighty but troubled showman, the Pharaoh. As Joseph strives to resolve Egypt’s famine, he becomes Pharaoh’s right-hand man and eventually reunites with his family.

Miss Cooper wrote of the Catteral Production “The house lights dimmed in the theatre and there was an air of excitement and nostalgia, as Mr Everhart brought in the band for the overture. Outstepped the narrator, Lily Truscott, with a clear presence and immediate command of both stage and story. The audience were captivated from the first few notes and the ‘hour or two’ requested by Lily in the opening song flew by in an array of stunning lighting, vibrant costumes and infectious smiles from all the cast! Miss Baskeyfield’s vision for this production of ‘Joseph’ was clear and the students involved showed nothing but full commitment throughout. Elodie Martin’s performance of the Pharoah was a particularly memorable performance, revealing her to be a standout character actress. Martha’s smooth tones created an evocative and moving performance of ‘Close Every Door’, and Adam Riaz as Judah was fantastically animated throughout his scenes with the other brothers. After too many months of darkness, this is a truly fantastic show, revelatory of the hard work which has gone into it, and one which has breathed life back into the theatre.”

Director, Miss Baskeyfield, commented “I am so proud of the cast and what they have achieved in such a short space of time. We were forced to postpone the production due to the first lockdown, then the start of rehearsals was also delayed due to the lockdown in January. This meant that this tenacious cast had just eight weeks to rehearse and learn the show, a challenge they managed to achieve in just six weeks. Every member of the cast approached each rehearsal with energy, enthusiasm, and determination, whilst working incredibly hard to create a professional and engaging performance. Joseph was a real feel-good show which had the audience in raptures. It has been a real pleasure to direct this brilliant cast in this fantastic show!”