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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” – A Massive Blast of Joy!

Aug 09, 2019
Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre’s recent production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” performing at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore, CA., was an irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. The story is based on the "coat of many colours" story of Joseph from the Bible's Book of Genesis. This family-friendly story is told entirely through song with the help of a main character Narrator (Kirsten Torkildson) with the musical following preferred son Joseph (Romar De Claro).

The play opens with the Narrator finding an old book, picking it up, blowing off the dust, and starting to read. The story she relates is of a young dreamer, a man named Joseph

Joseph, as you may remember, was born into a family of twelve boys, all the sons of Jacob. Joseph is Jacob’s favorite son, and, to show everyone that he is pleased with him, Jacob gives Joseph a splendid multi-colored coat. However, this coat, along with Joseph’s talk of dreams he has had showing he will be the ruler of his brothers, arouse the jealousy of the other eleven. They decide to kill him, but before they get the chance, they meet up with the group of Ishmaelites traveling to Egypt. A plan is hatched, and they sell their brother as a slave instead.

So Joseph is taken off to Egypt, and his brothers return to tell their father that his favorite son is dead, producing his wonderful coat—which they have stained with the blood of a goat—as proof.

Meanwhile, after being sold into slavery by his brothers, he ingratiates himself with Egyptian noble Potiphar (Douglas Drake), but ends up in jail after refusing the amorous 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, Elvis-inspired, Pharaoh (Robert Lopez, who was outstanding, perhaps only to upstaged by fellow actor – his 3-year old daughter Kaylee, who was part of the Kids Chorus). Pharaoh, the most powerful man in Egypt, has also been having unusual dreams. No one can interpret these dreams, so Pharaoh is intrigued when he hears of the young slave’s ability. He immediately has Joseph brought before him to interpret his dreams.

Joseph offers his interpretation, that seven years of bounty will be followed by seven years of famine, and Pharaoh is so impressed that he appoints Joseph to a post in the government. He will be in charge of storing food for the upcoming hard times. Ultimately, Joseph’s solution to Egypt’s famine elevates him to Pharaoh’s right-hand man and reunites him with his family.

This was a two-hour spectacular production that boasted a starry cast. What kept the show alive was its delight in simple storytelling, the bounce of musical lyrics and the merry eclecticism of the musical score, which embraced country and western, calypso, and especially Elvis-style rock. In fact, it’s a massive blast of joy!

Stay tuned for other upcoming Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre productions, including “The Fantasticks”, coming November 2-17, 2019, and “Mamma Mia!”, coming in early 2020. For tickets or more information please phone (925) 373-6800 or visit www.trivalleyrep.org.

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Photo caption: Romar De Claro is superb in his role of Joseph.


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