ARBROATH should be proud of the seemingly endless young talent which appears on its stages these days.
The LimeLight Company’s youth group production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat is a shining example of that emerging talent.
From the opening number by the narrators to the closing finale featuring the entire company ‘Joseph’ was a riot of colour and sound and a joy to behold that had the small child sitting next to me jumping up and down in her seat and dancing along.
The story, originally written by Tim Rice and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, is a simple one.
Joseph is his father Jacob’s favourite, which causes tension with his other 11 brothers.
They ambush him, sell him into slavery in Egypt and through a quirk of fate and his ability to interpret dreams Joseph catches the Pharaoh’s eye and rises through the ranks.
Following a famine Joseph predicted he encounters his starving brothers and after proving themselves honest men he reveals himself and the story ends with a happy family reunion.
The LimeLight has found in its principal leads a wealth of acting and singing talent. Gregor Milne has an excellent voice and is able to inject a great deal of pathos into his voice.
Ryan Tait does a good comedy turn as Elvis the Pharaoh, and what’s more, despite his youth is able to carry off the rich vocal depth required by the role.
The four narrators, Bella Robb, Georgia Gibson, Jenna Ritchie and Lilly McIvor, can be rightly proud of themselves for their performances. Gone are the days of boring narration, and they joyfully belted out their parts with dramatic aplomb.
Joseph’s 11 brothers, played by Elliot Glen, Ryan Tait, Chloe Hicks, Cerys Gregory, Sinead Watson, Owen Jacques, Caitlin Thain, Dylan Spink, Thomas Wyatt, Harry Napier and Brandon Boyd, were spot on as a bunch of fratricidal but ultimately decent brothers.
Brandon Boyd should receive a special mention for his part in ‘Those Canaan Days’, for a wee lad he does an excellent Edith Piaf, and his along with the comic timing of his ‘brothers’ was spot on.
There was some clever thinking with the arrangement of the Kaleidoscope Krew who doubled as both chorus and colourful scenery in their rainbow costumes.
It cannot be easy to choreograph over 100 children but producer Mike Carlin, director Chris O’Mara and musical director Richard Allen do an excellent job of keeping the action moving along fluidly.
The costumes are a sight to behold, from the cute berets of Joseph’s brothers to Pharaoh’s Elvis jumpsuit to the Technicolour Dreamcoat itself, the wardrobe department of Kirsty Wallace, Mike Carlin and Alison McDonald have done themselves proud.
The phenomenal finale, a riot of colour, sound and movement was an excellent demonstrator of the talent and enthusiasm of the company which never once dipped throughout the performance.
The LimeLight Company is a first-rate asset for the town and thanks to the hard work of all of the junior members and the many backstage volunteers and parents the future of musical theatre in Arbroath and a wider Angus is secure.