“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" is hitting Melbourne stages once again, this time with James Terry taking on the title role. Windmill Theatre Company will set the stage alight with Andrew Lloyd-Webbers musical sensation.
Retelling of the Biblical story, Joseph is a handsome young man who is his father's favourite child, able to interpret dreams, and the bearer of an amazing coat. These facts lead Joseph's eleven brothers to become insatiably jealous, before he ultimately becoming the second most powerful man in the land.
James is absolutely no stranger to the stage previously playing favourite roles such as Seymour in ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ and Willard in ‘Footloose’. A fan of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat since starting on the stage, he was keen to audition. When asked what it was that drew him most to the role James replied: “It’s a colourful role with plenty of light and shade that gives the role some depth to explore. It’s also been a goal to tackle the ‘title’ role of a production.” There’s no doubt he’s is going to bring something new to Joseph. Adding something original, James intends to bring his own colour and tone into the role. Something refreshing for audiences that come to the Drum Theatre.
James is not just talented on the stage but off it. Working as a photographer and videographer. He’s also head of digital media at theatrepeople.com.au and with that he’s been given opportunities to work with some of Australia’s leading professional productions. Between shoots, he produces a singing competition called ‘Take the Mic’ which was launched in 2013.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat is a vibrant production and it has an array of just as colourful characters. I asked James if there were any characters he’d love to play. “Pharaoh looks like such a fun character to play, very much inspired by Elvis.” said James. “When I was growing up I was brought up on his music, and I think that my parents would appreciate and adore the role (who are my #1 fans)! But Aidan Niarros who plays the Pharaoh in our production handles the character with confident and ease, his pelvic thrusts are sure to be an audience favourite.” James wouldn’t mind taking of the role of The narrator either, but sadly is lacking soprano ability! He assures me that audiences will love Carla White, who plays the character with incredible dedication and consistency "who has been an incredible inspiration to work along side".
Not only do we have the actors to look forward to in this show but the theatre itself. The Drum Theatre have got a revolve in the centre of the set, combine this with a costume reveal and some entrance music, it’s a thespians dream! Combining costumes, the supporting actors and actresses, the staging and the wonderful music of Andrew Lloyd-Webber, James Terry is sure to be a star when Joseph hits the stage. Following last years successful and award winning production of another Andrew Lloyd-Webber show, The Phantom of the Opera, The Windmill Theatre Company is in for another stand out season.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will play at the Drum Theatre in Dandenong for 8 performances starting Friday, June 20. Further information on the show and tickets can be purchased on the Drum Theatre’s website.
–Written by Ebony Tucker–