Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Children on Stage, Garland, Texas
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was lots of fun to work on! To create the design I took in consideration that children from the ages of 8-18 would be performing this famous Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. I knew that this show had to look colorful, bold, and simple. This show consumed 30 gallons of paint which took over 225 hours to paint, 110 pounds of dry ice, (1) dry ice machine, (1) smoke machine, (2) 6 foot tall Nefertiti busts, a custom backdrop, a 12 foot tall Eiffel tower, 50 yards of material on the set, over 120 costumes, and one flying technicolor dreamcoat completed this amazing show.
The costuming was especially brilliant when viewed against the completely
anachronistic set (floor-mounted cutouts of Nefertiti serving as backdrops for
costumes with wide-legged pants and even wider collars), designed by Joseph
Cummings and built by Master Carpenter James Cox.
Having before seen sets designed by Mr. Cummings, I was not at all surprised by
the intricacy of his design for Joseph.
The use of color was paramount to the design of this set, and also to the
lighting, designed by Catherine Montgomery and executed by KC Jansson.
The curtain backdrop was designed and painted by Mr.
Cummings and sewn by Deborah Gerard to mirror the design of Joseph's coat, a
rather simple idea that beautifully tied the set together.
Ashlea Palladino, Associate Theatre Critic/ John Garcia's The Column
The Column Critic's Pick Winner for
Best Musical Set Design
Best Set Design of a Musical
Ashlea Palladino-The Column