Meet the “Joseph” cast: Kelly Hayner says it’s a dream come true to be playing Joseph’s Narrator

Kelly Hayner plays the Narrator in the Community Theatre of Howell's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."
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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.”

After wowing the audiences two years ago playing the title role in CTH’s “Mary Poppins,” Kelly Hayner is back on the Howell this fall playing one of her all-time favorite roles – the Narrator in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

“The role of Narrator is a dream come true,” Hayner said. “I can’t possibly count the number of times I have seen this show. I have always been captivated by the music, having memorized EVERY WORD long ago.

“This role is unique, in that I get to interact with the audience as well as the characters on stage, and it encompasses a huge vocal range and diversity of singing styles. In a nutshell, the role of Narrator presents a huge challenge, and it has been so much fun to tackle. Thank you to CTH for giving me this amazing opportunity!”

Hayner lives in Pinckney with her husband Jim and their three kids, Jimmy, 18, Katie, 16, and Luke, 13.

The 2015 production of “Mary Poppins” was her first time on the CTH stage, and she loved the experience. Hayner said that playing the magical nanny was one of her favorite roles of all time, along with Morticia in “The Addams Family Musical,” Velma Kelly in “Chicago,” and Lady of the Lake in “Spamalot” (all with the Pinckney Players); and Fiona MacLaren in “Brigadoon” and Maggie” in “A Chorus Line” (at Michigan State University).

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. Hayner said the musical is a blast from start to finish.

“‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ is a fanatastic, feel-good musical that is perfect for the entire family,” she said. “The music is amazing and the fast-paced story is full of humor and incredible tenderness.

“The storyline, however, is the best part,” she added. “Bringing the ancient Biblical story of Jacob and his sons to life, ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ tells a story of forgiveness that is packed with valuable lessons delivered in a masterful way that is just plain fun.”

Throughout the experience, Hayner has come to love her CTH family.

“My favorite part of the ‘Joseph’ experience has been getting to know so many great people who share my love of theater,” she said. “It’s rare anymore to find a place where people of all ages can come together to create a little magic and lasting friendships along the way.

“My experience with CTH has been incredible. I am blown away by the talent, kindness, and sense of community that defines this group. The entire process, from auditions through final curtain, is conducted with class and professional integrity. It is such a joy to be a part of this awesome theater family.”

Kelly Hayner

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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