Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat – have you seen it?
Yes, twice now. Once in the early 90’s at the Sony Centre in Toronto with Donny Osmond as Joseph and then again this past Friday at the Dunfield Theatre in Cambridge.
Were they the same? Of course not!
As the performance at Dunfield Theatre began I felt a tinge of disappointment. The choral performance was weaker. The voices were not as strong. The music seemed to be stretching the limit of the performers. Did they fail? Of course not! They are professionals after all.
As soon as I came to grips with the fact that we were not going to hear Donny Osmond and cast I put my dreams and expectations into perspective. I realized the stage was much smaller and and stage dressings and props were limited by both the size and the budget.
With that settled I was able to focus on the positives and enjoy the rest of the show.
- As a photographer I watch the choreography and particularly the way groups are put together. The choreography in this performance is EXCELLENT!
- As a photographer I love lighting. It can set a mood for the scene and focus your eye and your attention on a particular point on the stage while down playing what is happening somewhere else. If you ever watched me during a performance you would often see me looking into the rafters observing where the light is coming from and the type of light being used. Going to the theatre for me is an educational opportunity that shouldn’t be wasted.
- The Kids! What can you say about the kids? There are two teams of young people and I am sure they must alternate performances, and at this point they have each done a number of shows. But! As I watched the kids, particularly in the scenes where they are right on stage with the adult performers their performance never wavered. They looked at their adult counterparts with a look of envy and respect that is the innocence of childhood. And the adults? Well they reached out. They took their hands. They looked down, not at them, but upon them. After all “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat” is a story being told. It’s a story of dreams and achieving them.
And aren’t we all children in that regard?
“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat” – have you seen it? You really should. Tickets at Dunfield are pretty much sold out. But lucky you – there are still upcoming performances at the other Drayton Entertainment sites. You can click here for details. Go ahead. Get tickets. You’ll thank me for it.
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John Mitchell is a master photographer in Cambridge Ontario that specializes in telling stories through the art of photography. What’s your story? We all have stories? Our stories just need good storytellers. I would love to tell your story. 519-624-8460