Video: Willem Botha excited about dream role as Joseph


Between his acting and television work, singing, make-up and photography, there actually lies a deep-rooted love for theater and that is why Willem Botha is excited about his role as Joseph in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

“I have always had this dream that if one day I could give myself a role, it would be that of Joseph,” Willem told RNews during one of the rehearsals.

He had just returned from Spain where he had been working, and as a result the company continued rehearsals without him. Willem joined them last week, and he says it is remarkable how the team welcomed him.

“One of the most wonderful aspects of being part of a musical is that I get to work with some of the most talented singers and dancers. This team has gone out of their way to help me with the choreography and other movements since I came back.”

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is staged by Fullhouse Productions, led by Deirdre van Schalkwyk.

Other artists who form part of the company are Marina Botha-Spies, Klaus-Louis Jansen van Vuuren, Thabang Senekal, Tinus Spies, Christopher Vale, and a group of upcoming theater graduates from Gauteng.

The production is presented from 15 to 23 July at the AfriForum Theater in Pretoria and contains a good dose of family entertainment.

“It is very special for me to know that this is a musical that the whole family can come and enjoy together. There is a variety of music, a wonderful storyline and I have an excellent team with me on stage,” says Willem.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a musical production that depicts the biblical story of Joseph, his multicolored coat and Joseph’s brothers to the tune of Webber’s music and Tim Rice’s lyrics. Audiences can look forward to hits such as “Any Dream Will Do”, “Song of the King”, “Close Every Door” and “Go, Go, Go Joseph”.

RNews went behind the scenes at one of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat going to visit rehearsals. In this video, Willem Botha talks about his role as Joseph, and tells what audiences can expect from the production.