Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
November 30 to December 11
- Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8:00 PM
- Sundays at 2:00 PM.
- Special matinee on Saturday, December 3.
- A talk back with the director and cast is scheduled for Sunday, December 4 following the 2:00 PM performance.
- $24 for adults $22 for students and seniors on Wednesdays and Thursdays
- $27 for adults and $25 for students and seniors on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
- Group discounts are also available.
- For tickets or more information, call the Act 1 Box Office at 610-282-3192, or visit online at www.desales.edu/act1.
Act 1 Kicks-Off the Holiday Season with Musical Sensation Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Guest director and DeSales alumnus Stephen Casey, along with guest musical director Tim Eisman, takes the reigns of family-friendly Andrew Lloyd Webber and TimRice Musical
This holiday season, Act 1 DeSales University Theatre will present the international hit musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” This family-friendly production about a boy blessed with prophetic dreams and his challenging adventures will run November 30 to December 11 on the Main Stage of the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts. The production is suitable for children six years of age and older.
The production is the first of two Main Stage Musicals produced by Act 1 this season, and its design team—featuring sets by Will Neuert, costumes by Amy Best, and lights by Elizabeth Elliott—has been pulling out all the stops to produce what promises to be creative extravaganza.
The musical is under the direction of professional director/choreographer and DeSales Alumnus, Stephen Casey. “The dream of doing this show was made possible by my mentor, Dennis Razze, who asked me to guest direct and choreograph for these talented students,” says Casey. “A colorful cast themselves, the dreams of pursuing careers in theatre abound and remind me my years on the Labuda stage, ‘way, way back many centuries ago...’”
Casey previously choreographed Act 1’s “Camelot,” “Guys and Dolls,” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie” as well as “South Pacific,” “…Forum,” and “1776” for The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. In addition, he served as artistic director and resident choreographer for theBucks County Playhouse from 1996 to 2010 and performed in the National and European touring companies of “42nd Street,” “A Chorus Line,” “Rocky Horror Show, “and “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.”
Tim Eisman is the guest musical director. Eisman previously served as music director for the Artists of Concordia Theatre and The Résonanz Ensemble at Concordia. He has also served as music director for The Community House Players’ summer theatre program in Hinsdale, IL since 2006. Selections from his thesis project, a one-act musical based on “The Nightingale and the Rose” by Oscar Wilde, were performed at the Kennedy Center’s annual Page-to-Stage Festival on September 4, 2010.
Filled with rousing musical numbers, “Joseph” encompasses a wide variety of styles from country to calypso to rock 'n' roll—in a series of energetic musical numbers included such classic songs as "Any Dream Will Do," “Close Every Door,” and "Go, Go, Go Joseph." The musical is based on the Biblical story of a young prophet’s fateful journey from slavery to imprisonment to becoming one of Egypt’s most powerful men.
The story begins as loving father Jacob bestows upon his favorite son, Joseph, a coat of many colors. Fed up with their father’s favoritism and enraged with jealousy, his 11 brothers kidnap Joseph and sell him into slavery. He becomes the slave of a rich captain but is throwninto jail after being caught in the advances of the captain’s wife. Then, after having translated a string of impressive dreams, he captures the attention of the Pharaoh, saves Egypt from famine, and ultimately becomes second in command. Tapping into the heart of all dreamers and their belief in a life of goodness, faith, and love, Joseph is a wonderful production sure to ignite the spirit of the season.
About “Joseph,” Casey explains “this blockbuster hit came to us from the same team that brought us the highly successful productions of “Evita” and “Jesus Christ Superstar”—Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. A then 19-year old Webber wrote the music and asked his friend Rice to supply the lyrics. The piece was written in 1968 as a fifteen-minute church cantata. It was originally intended to keep children's attention while telling the biblical tale of Joseph and his coat of many colors. Since then, the show has undergone numerous incarnations and revivals, and its smorgasbord of musical styles has kept our attention for decades.”
“Joseph is one of those feel good musicals that lift the spirit and remind us of the potential good to be found in us all,” adds division head John Bell. “In the journey of this optimistic dreamer lies the essence of faith and a belief in the best of human nature.”
“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” runs November 30 to December 11 on the Main Stage of the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, Center Valley, PA.Performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM. There is an added matinee on Saturday, December 3. A talk back with thedirector and cast is scheduled for Sunday, December4 following the 2:00 PM performance. Tickets are selling fast and seating is extremely limited for some performances, especially Sundays.
Ticket prices are $24 for adults and $22 for students and seniors on Wednesdays and Thursdays and $27 for adults and $25 for students and seniors on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Group discounts are also available. For tickets or more information, call the Act 1 Box Office at 610-282-3192, or visit online at www.desales.edu/act1.
The Labuda Center is fully accessible and equipped with a listening enhancement system sponsored in part by Schubert Communications, Inc. Special seating is available for our patrons using wheelchairs or requiring other assistance. Please inform the box office of your needs when ordering tickets.
Press Release: Act 1 Kicks-Off the Holiday Season with Musical Sensation Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat | Posted on: 11/18/2011
For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034
610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu