Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

November 2006

Joseph PosterJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat tells the story of Joseph, the eleventh son, out of twelve, of Jacob.

Joseph was his father’s favorite son. This leads Joseph’s eleven brothers to become insatiably jealous so they sell Joseph into slavery and tell their father that wild animals killed him. Meanwhile, Joseph finds his way to Egypt, where – to make a long story short – he comes into the favour of the Pharaoh and becomes the second-in-charge of the land. During seven years of famine, Joseph’s now starving brothers arrive in Egypt and ask Joseph, who they don’t recognize, for assistance. Joseph, in turn, gives his brothers a scare, but eventually grants them all they desire, reveals his identity, and reunites the family.

(Of course that sets in motion 400 years of Hebrew slavery at the hands of the Egyptians, until they are led out of Egypt by Charlton Heston – err, Moses – but that’s a different story!)


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat began its life in 1967 when it was written as a 15-minute commissioned piece for a school in London by 20-year-old Andrew Lloyd Webber, with lyrics written by 23-year-old Tim Rice. Expanded several times, it reached its current format in 1973 and was first performed on Broadway in 1982. It ran for 747 performances. Big names to have played the title character (Joseph, not the coat) include Philip Schofield, Donny Osmond, Darren Day, Andrew Darbyshire, H from Steps and, most famously, Jason Donovan.

Joseph” is a real tune-fest, and the lyrics are some of Tim Rice’s wittiest and urbane. Everybody loves a family saga that ends happily for all concerned (apart from the goat of course), so thanks to all who came with us to PUKKA dreamland, complete with camels, calypsos and technicolor coats!

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was performed at the Memorial Hall, Barry, on 17th and 18th November 2006, with the agreement of The Really Useful Company, and supporting the Jamie Adamson Fund. The Friday matinee was restricted to pupils from local schools, and was very..interesting! The performance got off to a good start when the audience started screaming as soon as the music started. Fortunately it was more a “Freddie Mercury” reaction than a “Freddie Kruger” one. With an audience that was word perfect, and singing enthusiastically along with most of the songs, the performance was a great success, and a great start to the run. This time the souvenir programme was a full-colour production in its own right, with puzzles, quizzes, masses of information about PUKKA and Joseph, and a page where children of all ages could get the cast autographs in the foyer after the performance. Judging by the crowds, this last part was very popular. There was also a wishing well, and sales of PUKKA memorabilia (pens, christmas cards and novelties), all of which contributed to the Jamie Adamson Fund.

Each show played to near-capacity audiences, and the production was really high quality. The cast was superb, and the PUKKA Petites deserve a special mention – their least active role was sitting on the stage (which was tricky for some!) but they were also active in the chorus and dance numbers. They were on stage for nearly 90 minutes and were a real credit to their parents, PUKKA, and the town (at a time when some other people’s children were smashing the christmas tree on King Square!).

BIG thanks to all cast and crew, all the people who supported the production back and front of stage, those who provided sponsorship, and everyone who came to see the show and support us.

And a special thanks to Paul, Nicola and Sam Adamson for their support and courage before, during and after the production.


Production Photographs

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Production Photographs
(Dress Rehearsal)

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Promotion Photographs

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Credits

our Amazin’ Cast

Narrator – Suzannah Delaney
Joseph – Neil Craven
Jacob – Eric Coleman
Potiphar – David Alexander
Mrs Potiphar – Jodie Gould
Baker – Calum Small
Butler – Iain Scott
Pharoah – David Parker

Brothers

Naphtali – Calum Small
Asher – Ceris Jones
Issachar – Alun Brown
Simeon – Vic Atkins
Judah – Iain Scott
Zebulun – Dean Matthews
Gad – Christian Bullen
Levi – David Parker
Reuben – Peter Dymond
Dan – Shaun Lewis
Benjamin – Jo Mees

Wives

Paige O’Sullivan
Rose Bird
Alison Heard
Charlotte Groves
Alice Morgan
Laura Owens
Jodie Gould
Jamie-Lee Brennan

Dancers

Nicola Boyd-Anderson
Charlotte Hodgkinson
Amy Bruno
Jenny Hunt
Louise Ball
Sarah Axcell
Naomi Everson
Rachel Shankland
Jenna Sherrin
Jamie-Lee Brennan
Laura Davies

and the PUKKA Petites

Charlotte Andrews, Hannah Andrews, Jessica Kerslake, Sophie Owens, Lucy Dimond, Lydia Bennett, Joe Bennett, Harriet Knowles, Rebecca Arcos, Rhia Dutton, Georgia Graham, Sasha Atkinson, Jade Bates, Nikki Bates, Kia Bates, Megan Thickpenny, Megan John, Alice Lloyd-Selby, Emily Crow, Charlotte Gronow, Zoe Kelland, Leanne Kelland, Jack Benlican, Rowan Connell, Callum Connell, Jemima Scott, Ophelia Scott, Sophie Williams, Bethan Thorngate, Mitchel Thorngate, Katie Mills, Anna Browning, Chloe Sargent, Cerys Underdown, Megan Gray, Leah Thomas, Megan Howard, Lamara Dennis, Megan Woolmer, Molly Rodgers, Lucy Rodgers, Rowan Jones, Ossian Jones, and Charlotte Milne.

Special Guest appearances by
TV Personality ‘Wooly‘ the sheep
and ‘Bitza‘ the goat

our Blazin’ Band

Dave Short – Musical Director
Drew Cyster – Reed 1
Joe O’Connell – Reed 2
Robert Kay – Horn
Max Joseph – Trumpet
Ben Davies – Keyboard 1
Dorothy Connell – Keyboard 2
Ashley Rees – Lead Guitar
James Watkins – Bass Guitar
David Newington – Kit
Mike Rose – Tuned

Production Team

Sarah Benlican
Director

Dot Connell
Musical Director/Rehearsals

Suzannah Delaney

Sue Williams
Costume Design
CostumeWOW

Kath Williams
Graphic Design/Photography

Nicola Boyd Anderson
Choreography

Richard Lashley
Production Manager

Leighton Thomas-Burnett
Technical Production Manager
& Lighting Design

Huw Semmens
Sound Manager

Lee
Video Projection

Karen Standen
Nathan
Gary
Steve

Amy Bruno
Assistant Choreographer

Dave Short
Musical Director/ Performance

Angela Durrant
Vocal Coach

Hannah
Make-up

Amy Jones
Costume Assistant

Loraine Gittins
Accounts

Barry Methodist Circuit
The Memo staff
Mike Bendell & Lynise (the Vibe)
Richard Lewis at Positive Images
Amelia Trust Farm
Steve at Park I.T. for our FAB new website
Dave’s Dawn (picture boards)
Debbie Crow
Ellie Todd

Paul, Nicola and Sam Adamson for their support and courage.

To all the parents of our ‘Petites’….big thanks for your continued support,
and sorry if we have missed anyone!

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