(Orange, Texas)

November 9, 2013

OCP’s latest production is ‘colorful’ and fun

Jeanette Boehme
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — “Colorful” is an understatement for the current offering of the Orange Community Players.

The Orange Community Players current production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” which debuted this past Thursday, is visually dazzling and great music for your ears. Director, Codie Vasquez, has another hit on her hands.

The play has no spoken words and uses only singing to tell the story. The wonderful music is composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Tim Rice.

The story is taken straight from the Book of Genesis and details the well-known life of Joseph, whose jealous brothers sell him into slavery because their father favors Joseph with a beautiful coat. Due to Joseph’s talent for interpreting dreams, he rises in kingly fashion from being a lowly slave. When his brothers fall on hard times, Joseph saves them, and all becomes well.

Playing the part of Joseph at most performances is the always amazing Nolan Thornal who uses his beautiful voice to bring Joseph to life. He looks good dashing about in an Egyptian loin cloth, too. He carries the show on his capable shoulders. His rendition of “Close Every Door” when he is in prison is absolutely lovely. Of course, the signature piece is his “Any Dream Will Do.” Kudos to Nolan!

Playing Joseph at the matinees will be Rico Vasquez. Rico played one of the brothers on the night this reviewer attended rehearsal and he displayed his tremendous acting chops as well as doing a great job as Music Director.

Doug Rogers portrays Jacob, the father of Joseph, and his booming baritone fills the theater. He always adds so much to every part he plays. Great job!

The show-stopper is Kevin Doss. He plays Pharaoh in an Elvis costume and sings in Elvis’ rock and roll style as he tells Joseph what he dreamed. His costume is inspired and he totally steals the show. Bravo, Kevin!

Enough cannot be said about the great Webber music with its catchy tunes.  Highlights are when the eleven brothers sing “One More Angel in Heaven” and “Those Canaan Days.”

One of the brothers, Judah, played by Bryan Buzbee sings a Calypso rhythm number that is a scene stealer. Good job, Bryan.

The costumes are spectacular and colorful. This show is chock full of talent, beautiful music, and fun. It is obvious that the large cast, including some adorable children and lovely ladies are enjoying themselves. This makes the audience have even more fun.

Performances of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” continue at 7:37 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9; 2:37 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 10; 7:37 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14 through Saturday, Nov. 16; and 2:37 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 17. The Playhouse is located at 708 W. Division in downtown Orange. Prices are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Call 409-882-9137 for reservations.