Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Lynnwood Stake's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: Part IX - Those Canaan Days/Grovel, Grovel/Who's the Thief

In the next scene Joseph's brothers lament "those Canaan days we used to know. Where have they gone? Where did they go? Eh bien. Raise your beret to those Canaan days."

"Do you remember those wonderful parties? The splendour of Canaan's cuisine. Our extravagant, elegant soirees. The gayest the Bible has seen."
"It's funny but since we lost Joseph we've gone to the other extreme. No-one comes to dinner now. We'd only eat them anyhow. I even find I'm missing Joseph's dreams."
"Perhaps we all misjudged the lad. Perhaps he wasn't quite that bad. I even miss his entertaining dreams."

Jacob leaves the room weary and sad. "Eh Bien. Raise your beret to those Canaan days."
 "Where DID they go?"

"So back in Canaan the future looked rough. Jacob's family were finding it tough."

"For the famine has caught us unprepared. We are thin. We are ill. We are getting scared. It's enough to make anyone weep. We are down to our very last sheep."

Sweet Sarah played our "very last sheep" and enjoyed having Oscar carry her offstage to be slaughtered. She'd wave helplessly to the audience as she left. It cracked me up every time. 

"We shall starve if we hang around here, but in Egypt there's food going spare. They've got corn, they've got meat. They've got fruit and drink. And if we have the time we can see the Sphinx."

"So they finally decided to go off to Egypt to see brother Jo."

"So they all lay before Joseph's feet."

"Mighty prince give us something to eat."

"Joseph found it a strain not to laugh because not a brother among them knew who he was."
"I shall now take them all for a ride. After all they have tried fratricide."

"How do I know where you come from. You could be spies! Telling me that you are hungry. That could be lies! How do I know who you are? Why do you think I should help you? Would you help me? Why on earth should I believe you? I've no guarantee."

"Grovel, grovel, cringe, bow, stoop, fall. Worship, worship, beg, kneel, sponge, crawl."

The brothers plead their case and humbly beg for help.

"We are just 11 brothers, good men and true, though we know we count for nothing when up next to you."
Joseph gives in to their pleas and offers them food. "All this tugging at my heartstrings seems quite justified. I shall give you what you came for and lots more besides."
 "Joseph handed them sackfuls of food and they groveled with base gratitude."
"Then unseen Joseph nipped out around the back and planted a cup in young Benjamin's sack."

"When the brothers were ready to go Joseph turned to them all with a terrible stare and said 'NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!!!'"

Joseph angrily turns to accuse them "stop! You robbers your little number's up. One of you has stolen my precious golden cup." 

The guard inspects each brother's bags while the narrators and children ask "who's the thief? Who's the thief?" 
The guard pulls the cup out of Benjamin's sack while the brothers react with shock and disbelief, especially Judah (here comes Oscar's moment to shine...).

"Guard, seize him! Lock him in a cell. Throw the key into the Nile as well."

Part I - Auditions/Rehearsals/Backstage

Part II - Cast and Crew

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