Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Lynnwood Stake's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: Part IV - Joseph's Coat/Joseph's Dreams

At the beginning of the next scene, Jacob explains that Joseph's mother was the only wife he ever really loved and that "Joseph was my joy because he reminded me of her." Narrators then tell how "through young Joseph, Jacob lived his youth again...but it made the rest feel second best." While Jacob is doting on Joseph and tossing him a football, the brothers sing "being told we're 'alsorans' does not make us Joseph fans." Some of the brothers try to catch the ball but are disappointed to see that it was clearly meant for Joseph, who almost knocks over Reuben.

"Jacob wanted to show the world he loved his son, to make it clear that Joseph was the special one, so Jacob bought his son a multicolored coat to wear." Joseph, Benjamin, and the ladies of the house love it! The brothers...not so much. "And now this coat has got our goat! We feel life is unfair!"
"And when Joseph graced the scene, his brothers turned a shade of green."

Then they all name off its various colors with the brothers grudgingly toiling in the fields while the ladies dance around a joyous Joseph - "It was red, and yellow and green and brown
and scarlet and black and ocher and peach and ruby and olive and violet and fawn
and lilac and gold and chocolate and mauve and cream and crimson and silver and rose
and azure and lemon and russet and gray and purple and white and pink and orange and blue!
Joseph then shares with his brothers the details of some of his recent dreams. "

I dreamed that in the fields one day the corn gave me a sign your eleven sheaves of corn all turned and bowed to mine my sheaf was quite a sight to see a golden sheaf and tall yours were green and second-rate and really rather small."
Needless to say the brothers are less than thrilled to hear this..."
Joseph and Benjamin leave the stage and the brothers sing "the dreams of our dear brother are the decades biggest yawn. His talk of stars and golden sheaves is just a load of corn."
"Not only is he tactless but he's also rather dim, for there's eleven of us and there's only one of him."
"The dreams of course will not come true, that is we think they won't come true, that is we hope they don't come true...What if he's right all along!"

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Lynnwood Stake's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: Part III - Prologue/Any Dream Will Do/Jacob and Sons

Our show started off with the narrators telling the children a story about dreaming. "Some folks dream of the wonders they'll do before their time on this planet is through...some hide their hopes and their heads in the sand...but if you're here for the night...we'll tell the tale of a dreamer like you. We all dream a lot, some are lucky, some are not. But if you think it, want it, dream it, then it's real..and all that I say can be told another way in the story of a boy whose dream came true, and it could be you!"
Narrators leave and the children point to Joseph coming through the audience

Joseph shows off his charm and winning smile throughout the audience while singing "Any Dream will Do."

"A crash of drums, a flash of light. My golden cloak flew out of sight! The colors faded into darkness. I was left alone."

"May I return to the beginning. The light is dimming and the dream is too. The world and I we are still waiting, still hesitating, any dream will do."

The lights dim and the music fades away before triumphantly returning to tell the story of Jacob and Sons. Lights hit the narrators at stage right as they sing about Jacob's farming life with his 12 songs in the land of Canaan - "a fine example of a family man!"
Canaanite wives and daughters dance to the upbeat music and escort father Jacob ("also known as Israel") to his chair. According to the Bible he'd be over 100 years old by now. Jacob had four wives, though he was basically saddled with three of them. His chosen wife Rachael had born him Joseph after decades of infertility and later passed away giving birth to her second son Benjamin.

Narrators introduce the brothers starting with Reuben the eldest, who was actually a good deal younger than our eldest brother actor. We had quite the age range among them. Our youngest brother was in middle school and our oldest has grandbabies.
The brothers each come runing through the Canaanite bridge shouting out their names in sync with the narrators.

Brothers do a team huddle while "Joseph, Jacob's favorite son" leans down for a hug.
Then the whole gang comes together for a big family selfie.
Notice the selfie stick

Part I - Auditions/Rehearsals/Backstage

Part II - Cast and Crew