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.”
Theater is a family affair for Mark Wilson, who will be taking the stage starting next weekend in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”
“We got involved with the Community Theatre of Howell when my daughter Emily wanted to see the show ‘Annie’ because our golden retriever’s sister – her litter-mate – was in the show,” Wilson said. “As we left the show, she exclaimed, ‘I need to do that,’ referring to the actors on stage. She then pulled the whole family into CTH.”
Since then, the Wilsons have been a part of the CTH family both on the stage and behind the scenes. Mark is back on stage in CTH’s current production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” playing Brother Asher and the Baker.
Wilson – the principal of Scranton Middle School in Brighton and co-owner of the Arbor Hills Animal Clinic in Ann Arbor – lives in Brighton with his wife Kristin and their children Andrew, 14, Emily, 12, and Hannah, 10. Wilson’s main involvement with CTH has been directing the group’s youth productions.
“I’ve directed multiple youth shows at CTH, including ‘Honk Jr.,’ ‘Phantom Tollbooth Jr.,’ ‘Aristocats Kids,’ ‘101 Dalmatians Kids’ and ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ ” Wilson said. “I love directing youth productions and watching kids grow into their characters. As an actor, my favorite role was the Wolf in ‘Shrek the Musical.’ This was my favorite because my whole family was involved in the show. My two daughters joined me on stage and my wife and son worked back stage. It was an amazing family experience.”
Wilson has had a blast bringing his character to life as one of the brothers in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”
“I’m part of a 12-person ensemble,” he said. “The brothers are always together. This helps us to build friendships and trust with one another. I also enjoy that we have so much time on stage, singing and dancing through the show … and four costume changes, as well!”
With less than two weeks until opening night, Wilson can’t wait until the show takes the stage in front of an audience. 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.
“It’s amazing to be on stage as part of an Andrew Lloyd Webber show,” Wilson said. “His musical scores are so rich and exciting to perform. I also really enjoy comedic roles and, as Joseph’s brothers, our role in the show is to advance the plot through comic relief.
“Working, day after day, with such an amazing cast has been the best part,” he added. “The dedication, commitment and willingness to help one another has been inspiring.”
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.
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