Westacre Theatre will soon echo to “A crash of drums, a flash of light, my golden coat flew out of sight.”
Yes, it can only mean Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is being staged, with four performances later this month.
Everyone but everyone knows Joseph. It has toured the UK – as well as around the globe – continuously for 30 years making it the most performed musical in history.
Today it is performed literally thousands of times every year by young people and it is these youth and schools productions that have made it an international theatrical phenomenon.
Indeed, it was originally created by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber to be performed by youngsters.
Since its beginnings in the 1970s, generations of children have become parents and grandparents listening to it and performing it.
So, it is entirely appropriate that the Yo!West youth group at Westacre Theatre are adding a particular zest and enthusiasm to their own production directed by Ben Francis.
The storyline is sung-through with very catchy music, and family-friendly with universal themes but minimal spoken dialogue.
This delightful musical parable is, of course, the well-known Biblical saga from the Book of Genesis.
Joseph and his coat of many colours is his father Jacob’s favourite son and is blessed with prophetic dreams.
Sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph faces a number of hazards when his spirit and humanity are repeatedly challenged. When Pharoah learns of Joseph’s ability to interpret dreams, Joseph becomes his second in command no less.
Meanwhile, Joseph’s brothers had been suffering greatly and eventually found themselves at the feet of the brother they had previously betrayed and now no longer recognise. Joseph rightly tests their integrity before revealing his identity resulting in an emotional heartfelt reconciliation of the Sons of Israel.
Told in a most engaging mix of musical styles, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless.
There are four performances of Joseph at Westacre Theatre and the dates for your diary are Thursday 16th, Friday 17th, and Saturday 18th July.
Curtain up is at 7pm with a matinée on Saturday at 2.30pm.
Tickets can be booked online at www.westacretheatre.com or through the box office on 01760 755800.