Tianchai Sooktiang, the man with a vision, the man who made it all possible
in cooperation with The Really Useful Group London
“Any dream will do!” are the words of a dreamy young
man, who, like all of us, hopes that one day his dream will come true. This
is a famous classic family musical that has been performed again in Chiang
Mai by the Voice Studio Institute directed by Maroot Sarowat, a famous play
director, in the Kad Suan Kaew theatre.
“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is a
story from the bible for which the music was composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber
and the lyrics written by Tim Rice. It is the story of a young man named
Joseph living in the land of Canaan. He’s his father’s favorite son and
is the youngest of 11 brothers and perhaps because being the youngest, he is
a little spoiled. He receives a gift from his adoring father which is a
rainbow colored coat but his brothers have to wear sheepskin clothing. The
rest of Joseph’s brothers aren’t very pleased with the situation, so
they abduct him, destroy his cherished coat and sell him into Egyptian
slavery. They then tell Jacob (their father) that Joseph is dead. But
finally he works his way out of slavery and through his talents, becomes the
Minister of Agriculture of Egypt. He eventually returns to Canaan and helps
everyone in his family live happily after.
delighted that his father gave him the multi-colored coat
Act 1 opened with a melodious “Overture” played by
the orchestra. The scene is set in Egypt, with the two narrators, Suwannee
Eu-bank and Ajarn Thianchai Sooktiang, playing the parts of Egyptian
schoolteachers. While they were waiting to start the trip, the teachers told
their students the tale of the young man called Joseph, whose dream came
Suwannee Eubank and Ajarn Thianchai Sooktiang began by
singing the “Prologue” which introduced the dreamer Joseph, played by
Grant Karlsuwan, who with his dreamy face, bright eyes and powerful voice
sang the haunting lyric “Any Dream Will Do”.
More Angel in the Heaven” - one day an angel will give you a blessing and
your life will be full of happiness.
In the first act, we get to know Jacob, played by Jaew
Yuttana Lorpanpaiboon, and his twelve sons including Joseph, with the
opening song “Jacob and Sons” and “Joseph’s Coat” when he receives
the multi-colored garment from his father. Then came the song “Joseph’s
Dream” which highlighted the event that caused the rest of his 11 brothers
to resent Joseph so much, causing them to pack him off to Egypt as a slave.
After “Poor Poor Joseph” and “One More Angel in
Heaven” the scene changes to where Joseph is in slavery.
met his most favorite son, Joseph, after believing that he had been dead for
The musical then resumed with a more dramatic flair when
Joseph, whilst working for Potiphar, was imprisoned after being discovered
seducing the wife of his boss. While in jail, Joseph sings two very
emotional songs “Poor Poor Joseph” and “Close Every Door” which
brought the odd tear to the audience’s eye. These touching songs enabled
Joseph to express his feelings in that scene and when standing all alone in
the dark, with the stage backlit only by candles held by children behind
him, it gave the audience the intense feeling that they were part of the
situation. With “Go, Go, Go Joseph” and its stimulating rhythm, the
lightheaded mood was brought back and for the next 15 minutes the wide stage
was filled with additional players dancing together, bringing the
performance to the intermission.
story” was performed very well with the clear voices of all the players on
Act 2 opened with the dazzling and beautiful setting of
Elvis-Pharaoh’s palace in Egypt. Elvis-Pharaoh, who was having some
strange dreams himself, was told by his butler of a young man in prison who
could interpret his dreams and perhaps alleviate some of Pharaoh’s
worries. Joseph was brought before him to explain the dreams and being
really impressed with the smart young man, Pharaoh appointed him to be the
Minister of Agriculture of Egypt.
became the Minister of Agriculture of Egypt because of his aspirations and
In the meantime Jacob’s family is having a tough time
and decided to go to check on the food situation in Egypt, but when they
appeared in front of Joseph, they did not recognize him. Joseph kept up the
pretence, wanting to make them realize what they had done to him. He accused
Benjamin, the youngest most innocent brother of stealing and when the
brothers leapt to Benjamin’s defense, he was sure that they had changed
for the better and revealed his identity with the song “Joseph All the
Time”. Everyone is happy at being a reunited family and Joseph sang of his
dream again with “Any Dream Will Do” and “Give Me My Colored Coat”,
before bringing the performance to a close.
At the end of a great musical performance, the audience agreed that they
had enjoyed the opportunity to see such a wonderful show performed by Chiang
Mai artists. “This goes to show just what Chiang Mai people can do,”
they said. “We hope that there will be more performances like this again
in the near future.”
Eubank and Ajarn Thianchai Sooktiang with the actors and singers.
played by Grant Karlsuwan, a young man who has his heart full with dreams
singing “Any Dream Will Do” with the children.
narrators, Suwannee Eubank (middle) and Ajarn Thianchai Sooktiang (middle).
making the rest of his brothers grovel before the accused brother Benjamin.
stage filled with a cast of over 40 people, performing “Go, Go, Go
his 11 sons and their wives introduce themselves