Last week the Orange Community Players were plagued with illness during the opening days of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” The show must go on, so many performed even though they may have not been feeling quite up to par. Some of them you would never have known were ill. The way ‘Rico Vásquez belted out his lines, you never would have guessed he had a sore throat.

The way Meeghan Falls did her jump, spin, lift combination move in the Tango, you wouldn’t guess that she was actually having a problem with dizziness and being light-headed. I thought I was watching Dancing With The Stars.

Director Codie Vásquez had put understudies in place, then actually split the parts when sickness started hitting the show.

It is a huge cast of over 30 and still, most played two to three characters.

Nolan Thornal seems to be stepping up as a leading man at OCP, playing the lead in both of the last two productions, “The 39 Steps” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” ‘Rico Vásquez steps into the role as Joseph on the Sunday matinee. Seymour has been alternating the role of Narrator with Jade Hollier. I’ve heard Hollier belt out tunes in previous performances.OCP Joseph. Nolan Thornal

I had never seen Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat before and had no idea  they use so many time periods in the musical numbers. You had the Roaring 20s, a 60’s go-go scene and even “The King” as Pharaoh played by the always funny Kevin Doss.

There were also several interesting gag bits with their sets. I thought the camel and sheep were inspired and quite effective. I’m always amazed how a small community theater pulls of so many themes and places with minimal props they build themselves.

You’ve still got four chances to see “Joseph.” The curtain goes back up at 7:37 p.m. this Thursday through Saturday and 2:37 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for students. Call 409-882-9137 for reservation and check it out while you have the chance.

They will also be having auditions for Yuletide III next week at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21. Yultide III will be presented Dec. 12-14.

The theater is located at 708 W. Division Ave. in Orange

About Penny LeLeux

Penny has worked at The Record Newspapers since 2006. A member of the editorial staff, she has "done everything but print it." Most frequently she writes entertainment reviews and human interest stories, with a little paranormal thrown in from time to time.She has been a lifelong member of the Orangefield community.