Draw back the curtain on Joseph

Sandra Neal as The Narrator and some of the Dream Chorus from NQOMT's 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat' IMAGE: Photobase NQ

With less than one week until the curtain opens on one of the most colourful musical productions of all time, we caught up with Director Alan Cooke to hear all about NQMT’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat tailored to a modern audience; complete with deep pockets of local talent; and stitched together by an expert production team.

DIRECTOR'S NOTE: Alan Cooke

Would you like to join the creative team for Joseph? is rather like asking Do bees buzz?

It’s something I’ve been keen to do for a while. This began my journey of working with upwards of 100 people to create the upcoming production by NQOMT. And, what a journey it’s been!

Many of the pre-rehearsal decisions were already in place and I found myself tracing through information, dreams, plans and work already done. It was rather like putting a jigsaw together without the picture. Balancing another production in which I was performing two weeks prior to the opening of Joseph added to the melee.

The early rehearsals I was able to attend very quickly established that the whole Joseph team was so talented, energetic and enthusiastic. With their motivation, this had to be a winner. A favourite of mine since its opening in the 1970s, I knew I would look forward to every rehearsal and already could anticipate another outstanding production for the company. This is now my goal.

No production of this kind achieves success because of a sole director. Fortunately, in all creative areas, this one has security and flair. The talent among the adult cast; the quality of the children in the Dream Chorus; the creativity in musical direction and choreography; the skill and polish of the orchestra; the excellence in costuming; the realisation of sets and props – all combine to make the show. In this instance, I feel really confident that all will combine by March 22 to present an extremely memorable theatre piece.

“Any Dream Will Do,” one of the iconic songs is an appropriate summary of the rewards in seeing this musical. Join our cast of more than 70 for the story from many centuries ago – a relaxing and rewarding family outing.

Alan Cooke

Alan Cooke is the Director of NQOMT’s Joesph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.
Show runs 22 March to 1 April 2017 at the Townsville Civic Theatre.
For performance times and tickets, click here

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