"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," complete with catchy pop tunes, an Elvis-wannabe Pharaoh, and an uplifting, rags-to-riches success story, comes to Buffalo Grove High School's stage April 10-12.
The curtain rises in the school's Miller Theater at 7 p.m. on Thursday, with a curtain time of 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Andrew Lloyd Webber's whimsical version of the biblical tale of Joseph is a musical parable of a spirited dreamer. Betrayed by his brothers, sold into slavery, and accused of adultery, Joseph must rely on his unusual gift of prophetic dream interpretation to survive and succeed. A talented cast of actors and ensemble of singers, dancers, and storytellers bring Joseph's epic tale to life. Told through a wide range of musical styles -- everything from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock 'n' roll -- this classic story from the book of Genesis is full of surprises, colorful costuming and imaginative sets.
It's the first time the musical has been performed at the high school. The co-directors of the show are Beth Wells and Lauren Stenzel.
Narrators (Zoey Allan, Jesse Brooks, Lia Rose Frykman and Alexa Karbin) tell the story of Joseph (Brian McCallister), the favorite son of Jacob (Mark Ellis); Joseph's 11 jealous brothers (Milan Babic, Joseph Boyd, Dylan DeWitt, Matt Goodmanson, Jake Hackl, Henry Johnson, Trent Leggs, Josh Levinson, Domingo Morales, Patrick Ray, and Carter Weiss); and the infamous, over-the-top Pharaoh (Cole Festenstein).
Additional cast members include Paige Alvarado, Jasmine Balboa, Lena Conlon, Elizabeth Clary, Jennifer Dahms, Lena Dassonville, Jessica Day, Amanda Defoe, Jeremy Hamburger, Mary Hussey, Emilia Kluz, Cassandra Marchok, Elana Musser, Olivia Portnov, Andrew Reitman, Camie Rier, and Lisa Shapin.
Others on the production staff are Debora Utley, vocal director; Elizabeth Bennett, pit orchestra director; Ed Moon, the scenic designer and technical director; Ethan Goldspiel, lighting/sound designer and assistant director; Asher Okin, assistant to the technical director; Betsy Ludemann, house manager; and Debbie Andres, costumer/make-up coordinator.
Instructions for online ticket sales, which close 24 hours prior to each performance, are at bghs.d214.org. Go to the Fine Arts tab at the top and pull down to "Seat Yourself" Online Ticketing. Center seats are $11 and side sections are $10. Tickets can be purchased at the door if not sold out.