Meet the “Joseph” cast: Howell’s Bethany Bean thrilled to be back on stage playing the evil Mrs. Potiphar

Bethany Bean plays Mrs. Potiphar in the Community Theatre of Howell's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." Photo by Richard Lim Photography.
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From now until opening night on Nov. 3, the Livingston Post will be profiling cast members of the Community Theatre of Howell’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

There are few roles in musical theater that are as juicy as Mrs. Potiphar, the scheming villain in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

And Bethany Bean is enjoying every second of it.

She’s playing Mrs. Potiphar in CTH’s production, and she’s had a blast bringing the character to life.

“I am enjoying the role of Mrs. Potiphar, because it pushes me outside my comfort zone,” Bean said. “It’s rather fun to play beautiful and evil.”

Bean, who lives in Howell and also plays one of the wives in this show, has been involved with CTH for years, serving primarily as the vocal director for several productions.

“My family became involved at CTH in 2010 when my older daughter was in ‘Annie,’” Bean said. “CTH quickly became a home away from home for my family, and we’ve been involved with multiple shows and camps each season since. I stepped up my personal involvement when vocal directing my first CTH show ‘Into the Woods Jr.’ Other shows I’ve served on staff for include ‘Honk Jr.’ ‘Shrek,’ ‘Phantom Tollbooth Jr.,’ ‘Mary Poppins’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ ”

Bean is the music teacher at Commerce Elementary School in the Walled Lake school district, and also teaches vocal arts classes at Maria’s School of Dance in Fowlerville. Both of her children – 18-year-old Abbey and 14-year-old Aimee – are CTH veterans, as well. Aimee is in “Joseph” with her.

“I’ve enjoyed sharing the stage with my daughter Aimee, bonding with the entire cast, making new friends, and getting to know the staff and crew better, too,” Bean said. “Making music together and dancing our way through the scenes is a bonus!”

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. The entire show is sung with the exception of one spoken word – and Mrs. Potiphar gets to say it: “Pity.”

Bean said this experience has been a wonderful one.

“I’m enjoying the opportunity to be in the show this time, rather than on staff,” she said. “I haven’t been in a formal show since college, and performing was a huge passion and pastime through my high school and college careers. One of my favorite shows in college was ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.’ What a thrill to be able to perform in it again 20 years later.

“The music is my favorite part of this show,” she added. “Andrew Lloyd Webber is one of my favorite composers. He includes a wide variety of musical styles in his works. ‘Joseph’ includes a good old-fashioned hoedown. I even get to play my spoons when in character as one of Jacob’s wives! The harmonies are beautiful throughout, too.”

Bean is also happy to be sharing the experience with her CTH family.

“CTH embraces the true embodiment of ‘community’ in the community theater,” she said. “There are opportunities for members of all ages to get involved. There is a sense of family that evolves as relationships are built during a performance. These ties last far beyond the performance, which keeps volunteers coming back.

“Several of the shows I have vocal directed were youth productions. One of my greatest joys in the theater is watching the youth grow up, and develop their talents. I count it a great privilege to share the stage with some of them in this show.”

Bethany Bean

The Community Theatre of Howell’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” takes the stage 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 buy tickets by clicking here.

Photo by Richard Lim Photography. Click here for more 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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