Meet the “Joseph” cast: Both backstage and onstage, CTH’s big musical is a family affair 

The Dunigan family - Dawn plays a Wife, Mike is Tech Director and son Ben Anderson is on the Tech Crew. Photos by Richard Lim Photography.
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From now until opening night on Friday, the Livingston Post will be profiling cast members of the Community Theatre of Howell’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

One of the hallmarks of the Community Theatre of Howell’s musical productions is that they’re family affairs.

Moms and dads are joined onstage and backstage by sons and daughters. The entire family is able to spend their evenings together over the course of several months as they bring the next musical to the stage.

This fall’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is no different. The cast and crew are filled with families.

Sarah Brown, one of two actresses who plays the Narrator, expressed what it meant to have her daughter, Abby, in the show with her.

“Everything about this experience has been truly wonderful, but I must say, the most amazing part of this journey has been sharing it with my 6-year-old daughter, Abby,” Brown said. “This is the first show we’ve done together. All of the experiences we’ve shared along this journey will stay with me forever. Everything – from driving to rehearsals while singing ‘Joseph’ songs at the top of our lungs, to going over our dances at home, to sharing bedtime stories about our favorite part of rehearsal, to sharing a dressing room – they are all moments that I will treasure for the rest of my life.”

Here’s a look at all the families that are involved in this production:

The Harvey family (Susan – Vocal Director, Bill – Potiphar & Brother Levi, Brooklyn – Featured Dancer)

The Usher family (Maria – Choreographer, Makenna – Featured Dancer)

The Douglas family (Dane – Brother Reuben, Devin – Youth Ensemble, Camel)

The Morris family (Joe – Baker & Brother Naphthali, Claire – Youth Ensemble)

The Schue family (Emma – Youth Ensemble, Rich – Co-Set Build lead)

The Bean family (Bethany – Mrs. Potiphar & Wife, Aimee – Wife)

The Dunigan family (Dawn – Wife, Mike – Tech Director, son Ben Anderson – Tech Crew)

The Hess family (John – Brother Simeon & Butler, Becky – Wife)

The Johnson family (KaraLynn – Featured Dancer, Sara – Featured Dancer, Erik – Stage Crew, Katie – Assistant Producer)

The Doefer family (Brian – Jacob, Josie – Tech Crew)

The Thomas family (Lucy – Featured Dancer, Jeff – Stage Crew)

The Reisling family (Elysia – Youth Ensemble, Melissa Albinger – Stage Crew)

The Eldred family (Dawn – Co-Costume, Caitlin – Co-Costume)

The Zielkowski family (Lena – Youth Ensemble & Ishmaelite, Cheryl Schott – Stage Crew)

The Brown family (Sarah – Narrator, Abby – Youth Ensemble)

The Potter family (Stefan – Joseph, James – Youth Ensemble)

The Bean family – Aimee and Bethany
The Brown family – Sarah and Abby
The Doefer family – Brian and Josie
The Hess family – Becky and John
The Potter family – James and Stefan

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 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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