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Colours of destiny

JOSEPH: And his coat that caused envy. Photo: R. Ravindran  

How would you feel if your siblings did not like you? How would you feel when you are always wronged? And no one is on your side? This is Joseph's story.

Set in the deserts of Egypt, the story is about Joseph, his father's favourite. His siblings are jealous and this only increases when he gets the coat of many colours from his father. His brothers decide to stage his death. They sell him to an Ishmalite, who in turn sells him to a rich man in Egypt called Potiphar. Here too luck is not on his side and certain events occur that land him in prison.

However, the tide turns and he is soon in favour once again. His interpretation of dreams helps him win the Pharaoh's heart. He becomes an important man in Egypt. His power of foretelling the future has helped keep Egypt from starvation. This is when he meets his long lost brothers who come there to buy food, as Egypt is the only place where there is food aplenty. He forgives them and they become one big happy family once again.

Staged at Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert hall, this light family entertainer titled “Joseph and his coat of many colours” was enriched with music by Timothy Madhukar. Earlier directed by the late Mithran Devanesen, the dances were choreographed and produced by Jeffrey Vardon, and staged by The Hot Shoe Dance Company.

Bright colours, exquisite sets, beautifully choreographed dances were some the best features of this musical. Adapted from the Bible the story was very well narrated by Mili.

Arjun Thomas as Joseph was perfect for the role. His singing as usual did not disappoint. The music and costumes set the stage on fire. The performances and strong plot helped the musical convey the story and keep the audience engaged.

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