Go, go, go! CTH brings colorful “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” to the stage

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One of the most colorful, popular and flat-out fun musicals of all time takes the stage in Howell this fall, as the Community Theatre of Howell presents “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

Performances take place Nov. 3-5 and 10-12 at the Howell High School Freshman Campus, 1400 W. Grand River Ave. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday each weekend.

Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, available at Finding Roots in Howell, Kahuna Coffee in Hartland, Maria’s School of Dance in Fowlerville, Big Acre in Brighton, and Ed Bock Feed and Seed in Pinckney. Tickets are also available by calling 517-545-1290, or online at cththeatre.org. You can click here for tickets.

With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is based on the Biblical tale of Joseph, found in the book of Genesis.

Joseph is the favored son of Jacob – and Jacob makes no bones about it. Jacob gives Joseph a colorful coat to show him that he’s the favored son, and that doesn’t sit well with his 11 brothers, who sell him off into slavery.

The story then veers off into Egypt and more, and rest assured – it has a very happy ending. Along the way, you’ll witness some of the most enjoyable musical numbers ever to hit the stage. The music in “Joseph” hits on virtually every genre – from country to reggae – and the songs will have you singing to yourself when you leave the theater.

This is the third time that CTH has performed “Joseph,” but the first time since 2002. It still ranks as one of the most popular musicals the group has ever done.

This production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is directed by Sherry Randall, who says she first fell in love with the show back in 2000, when CTH performed it for the first time.

“This a tear-jerking Biblical story that has been transformed to an entertaining, often comedic version of the events depicted in the Bible,” Randall said. “While there are some poignant moments, we hope that audience members will laugh a lot and maybe shed a few tears. Ultimately, Joseph is a dreamer who overcomes many obstacles, ends up forgiving his brothers and is reunited with his family.”

The production is choreographed by Maria Usher, while Susan Harvey is the vocal director. Co-producers are Heather Lucas and Karla Tobey, and Lynda Bednarczyk is the stage manager. Katie Johnson is assistant producer, Mike Dunigan is the technical director, Rich Schue and Kirk Laughner are co-set build leads, and Dawn and Caitlin Eldred are handling costumes.

The cast includes Stefan Potter as Joseph, Kelly Hayner and Sarah Brown as the Narrator, Brent Bishop as Pharaoh, Brian Doefer as Jacob, Bethany Bean as Mrs. Potiphar, Bill Harvey as Potiphar, John Hess as Brother Simeon, Jack Shepherd as Brother Isaachar, Mark Wilson as Brother Asher, Tyler Dixon as Brother Judah and Rebecca Chan as Brother Benjamin.

Featured dancers are Brooklyn Harvey, Karalynn Johnson, Sara Johnson, Chelsea Martindale, Lottie Moorehouse, Allyson Swims, Lucy Thomas and Makenna Usher.

Others in the cast include as the brothers, Ben Breneman, Dane Douglas, Jackson Manning, Joe Morris and Ethan O’Dell; as the wives, Aimee Bean, Dawn Dunigan, Becky Hess, Casey Irey, Madison LeMieux, Marie Mayo, Loni Pryor, Samantha Purdom, Laurie Russell and Amelia Slemp.

The chorus includes Abby Brown, Mason Burley, Maggie Carstensen, Piper Curtin, Eden Donnelley, Devin Douglas, Tyler Martin, Aundrea Miles, Claire Morris, James Potter, Elysia Reising, Andi Repyak, Nora Rioux, Emma Schue and Lena Zielkowski.

Photo by Richard Lim Photography. Click here for information.

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Longtime Livingston County journalist Buddy Moorehouse is director of communications at the Michigan Association of Public School Academies.

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