Meet the “Joseph” cast: Stefan Potter having an “amazing” time as Joseph in his first CTH show

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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.”

Stefan Potter wasn’t sure about auditioning when the Community Theatre of Howell held tryouts for “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

“My son James loves theater and was involved in the CTH summer camp program this past summer,” Potter said. “He loved it so much that he wanted to be in the next show he possibly could, and that was ‘Joseph.’ My wife and I decided that I should take him to the audition and audition myself if there was time. There was, and here I am. This is my first show with CTH.”

Potter not only made the show – he was cast as the title role of Joseph. He’s thrilled to be playing the dreamer who can see into the future.

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.

“This is my wife’s favorite show of all time,” Potter said. “She has loved it since she was a little girl and saw Donny Osmond perform in Chicago, where she grew up. I love this show because I get to step into a role that my wife loved as a child, and I get to be in this show with my son. Something I have always dreamed about, but did not expect to become a reality.”

Potter, who works as a social studies teacher at Bendle Middle School in Burton, lives in Howell with his wife Kelly and their three children, James, Tristan and Henry. James is joining his dad on stage for this show.

This is Potter’s first show with CTH, but this is far from his first time on stage.

“I love Shakespeare,” Potter said. “I am traditionally a stage actor and this is my first major role in a musical. My favorite roles have been The Wolf from ‘Into the Woods,’ Macbeth from ‘Macbeth,’ and MacDuff from ‘Macbeth.’ I also liked my improvisation career in New York with the Eerie Entertainment Company.”

Potter said he’s thoroughly enjoyed playing the role of Joseph.

“Joseph has been an amazing opportunity to find my inner light,” Potter said. “The character is filled with a self-confidence I can only strive for in life, and this confidence is something that I have never really had. I think that Joseph is a great role model and the message that he gives in his first song, ‘Any Dream Will Do’ is something that we all can strive for, especially the children in the audience. Dream big!”

Potter said he’s especially loved getting to perform with his son.

“Getting to be in a show with my son has been amazing,” he said. “I also have enjoyed getting to know the people of CTH. They have made an outsider like me feel very welcome during my first show with this company.”

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 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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