Cayman Drama Society rolls out its first major production of the year next month with the vibrantly crowd-pleasing “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.”

The latest version of the Tim Rice/Andrew Lloyd Webber musical opens for an 11-day run from Thursday, April 7, at the Prospect Playhouse Theatre.

Based on the biblical story, the show has been an enduring favorite since it first opened in 1970 and boasts a slew of standout songs including “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door to Me.”

With curtain up just days away, the Weekender caught up with Beverly Edgington, one of the show’s co-producers and creative directors, for a behind the scenes look at this local version of the smash musical.

Joseph, his brothers and his father.
Joseph, his brothers and his father.

The creative team are often the unsung heroes of a production. Who have you got in yours?

- Advertisement -

Joseph’s creative team has blended first-timers with those with more experience. Juliet Fenn is making her directorial debut and is usually seen more on stage, most recently in a “Playhouse Family Christmas” and “Duets.” She originally auditioned for the role of the narrator but we persuaded her to don the director’s mantle for the show.

Sophie Gough wears two hats as co-director and choreographer for this production. Last seen directing and starring in “Rent” last year, she’s also a member of the CDS Executive, working as part of our Theatre Management Team.

Andrew and I are coming to this as first-time co-producers and creative directors. As members of the CDS Executive team, along with playing the role of Treasurer and Bar Management/Front of House, we have been involved in shows, but usually in the background.

Arek Nicholson is our talented musical director. He’s Head of Music at John Gray High School and was last seen at CDS in “Hairspray” in addition to being involved in many shows and performances over the years.

We would also need to mention our set construction team headed by Peter Pasold and our set artistic design team led by Sue Howe.

In rehearsals: Joseph (Jardel McIntosh) greets his father Jacob (Richard De Lacey) when he returns to Egypt.
In rehearsals: Joseph (Jardel McIntosh) greets his father Jacob (Richard De Lacey) when he returns to Egypt.

How many actors are in the production?

In Joseph, we have a total of 26 cast members plus a further five dancers who have come to us from Centre Pointe Dance Studio. In addition, we have a very strong backstage crew led by Agata Kalicki, due to the set change and lighting demands.

Are you doing a traditional staging of the musical or are there a few surprises for the audience?

We drew our inspiration from the film and stage show and have combined these together to give our own unique slant on things. One secret I can let you in on is that we have two narrators, not the usual one. These are played by Wendy Moore and Jennifer La Forge. The other surprises you’ll have to wait and see!

From left, Beverly Edgington, Andrew Edgington and Juliet Fenn.
From left, Beverly Edgington, Andrew Edgington and Juliet Fenn.

The roles of Joseph and the narrator are vocally demanding parts. Who are playing those parts?

Joseph is played by Jardel McIntosh. He’s a native Australian who has lived and worked in Cayman for the last four years and is well known among those in the local music scene as he’s the front man for Zipper Envy and Monday Night Fiasco. This is his debut role at CDS, his last stage role being when he was in high school, although he recently starred in a locally-made short film.

Our narrators, Jennifer La Forge and Wendy Moore, guide the audience through the story of Joseph. They provide continuity, being on stage for the majority of the time, as well as bringing elegance, grace and sophisticated glamour to the show. Jennifer, last seen on the CDS stage bending and snapping during “Legally Blonde,” has been in musicals and shows across Canada and the U.S. as well as Cayman. Wendy will be familiar to our audiences having delivered wonderful performances in CDS productions for a number of years. Much like Joseph’s coat, her roles have been many and varied, but musicals remain her favorite.

Why did you want to stage this particular musical?

CDS hosts an annual production evening where anyone can come along and bring show ideas to us. We listen to all and then as a team decide which shows would go together to bring a balanced program throughout the year. Usually the person bringing the idea wishes to direct or produce, but in this instance we loved the idea of bringing Joseph to Cayman so ran with it and put together the creative team from sources that we knew.

From left, Jennifer La Forge (narrator), Jardel McIntosh (Joseph) and Wendy Moore (narrator).
From left, Jennifer La Forge (narrator), Jardel McIntosh (Joseph) and Wendy Moore (narrator).

What challenges have you met with its staging?

Our initial challenge was finding the 12 brothers. Joseph is a male-dominant musical and after an extensive search (that included a little begging and pleading) we are very excited to introduce some new performers and talent to our stage at CDS, together with a few familiar faces. Included in our cast of brothers are two father/son teams, Mike and Oliver Bishop and Marc and Charlie Thomas.

Our next challenge came about as a result of this being a very visual show with multiple scene and costume changes. Not easy with such a large cast but our wardrobe mistress, Charity Epp, has created costume miracles.

Finally, we all lead such busy lives and a musical takes hours and hours of practice – we’re all volunteers at CDS. A musical usually requires a minimum of 120 hours of rehearsals and we only came together as a group in late January. The time and commitment of this group of individuals, on stage and off has been phenomenal.

To what does Joseph owe its wide appeal?

I don’t think there is anyone that the musical wouldn’t appeal to. It is a toe-tapping, family affair with music from different genres and generations. Many of us know Joseph from when we were younger so we hope to bring back those happy memories, too. We specifically scheduled two matinees so that those families with younger children could also experience the fun of the show.

Putting on a production of this size is a major undertaking. Why did you sign up for it?

The Production Team at CDS approached Andrew and me and asked if we would like to be involved in the show. We both have great memories of the show from our childhood and said why not? In fact, there’s a vinyl recording of Joseph from the early ‘70s that Andrew is actually singing on. Luckily for us he isn’t singing in our version!

You and Andrew are not only in the same production but are doing the same jobs on the show. How have you found it?

We aren’t the first husband and wife director/producer team at CDS and in fact follow in the footsteps of Peter and Penny Phillips and Neil and Kelly Rooney, to name just two. We hope that we have learnt from their talent and can do justice to the husband/wife duos that have gone before us.

It does mean, though, that we discuss Joseph at breakfast, lunch and dinner. On a more serious note, working so closely together on a show has meant that we have a more cohesive synergy as we just know what the other is thinking, good and bad.

Times and tickets

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat runs at the Prospect Playhouse Thursdays through Saturdays from April 7 at 7:30 p.m. with matinees on Sunday April 17 and 24 at 4 p.m. Tickets are priced $30 for adults, $20 for children and students, and groups over 10 get a $5 discount per ticket. Tickets are available from the CDS box office, or online from

The latest version of the Tim Rice/Andrew Lloyd Webber musical opens for an 11-day run from Thursday, April 7, at the Prospect Playhouse Theatre.

- Advertisement -

Support local journalism. Subscribe to the all-access pass for the Cayman Compass.

Subscribe now