Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat arrives at Richmond Gateway Theatre

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, a musical based on the biblical story of Joseph and his coat of many colours, will make its debut at the Gateway Theatre on Dec. 12.

The family-friendly play revolves around a modern Joseph and his journey from receiving his colourful coat to realizing and achieving his dreams.

Oliver Castillo, who plays Joseph, said his character is a young and charming dreamer with the “gift of understanding the meaning behind dreams.”

“He has moments of being unfiltered and a bit naïve, maybe I can relate to that sometimes, but he has good intentions and learns from his mistakes.”

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s original musical comedy of Joseph is traditionally set in Egypt; however, the Gateway team is bringing a twist to the tale.

Barbara Tomasic, director of the play, said they “decided to set (their) Joseph in the present-day dream world of a child who, through Joseph’s story, is shown that realizing your dreams takes learning, perseverance, luck and love.”

The show is almost entirely sung apart from a few lines of dialogue and according to Castillo the music “will leave you humming and singing the songs well after the show.”

Castillo said people should watch this theatre production because everyone, especially the younger generation, should “dare to dream.”

“Even if there are different forms of having dreams, whether being a performer or writing a play, I think our show hopefully will help guide that idea.”

There will be special events during the run of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at Gateway Theatre:

Thursday, December 12, pre-show – Pizza Preview
Enjoy a free slice of pizza before our Thursday Preview Show.

Tuesday, December 17, pre-show at 12pm – Tea Matinee
Enjoy complimentary tea, coffee, and cake before the show.

Wednesday, December 18, pre-show – Wine Wednesday
Join us pre-show for a complimentary wine tasting, presented by a local Richmond family winery.

Wednesday, December 18 & Friday, December 20, post-show – Afterplay
Share your thoughts and experience with fellow audience members during this facilitated, informal discussion.

Thursday, December 19, post-show – Talkback Thursday
Join us for an intimate conversation with the cast and/or creative team after the show.

Thursday, December 26 @ 2pm & Friday, December 27 @ 8pm – VocalEye Described Performances
Performances are described live and audible only to audience members who are blind or partially sighted.

The show will run from Dec. 12 to 31.

Tickets start from $29, available at the theatre, 6500 Gilbert Rd or online at


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