The catchy, song-filled production “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” will premiere at the Geyer Performing Arts Center this week.
The musical with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber is based on the character of Joseph from the Bible’s Book of Genesis. The musical reimagines the story of Joseph, his father Jacob, 11 brothers and his dazzling coat of many colors.
Tina Lepidi-Stewart gladly accepted the role of director for this weekend’s production, saying the musical was one of her all-time favorites.
“It’s on my list of directors,” she said.
Stewart said she loves the story behind “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” because it’s a feel-good story from the Bible that turned into something really fun to watch. play and achieve.
“It doesn’t have to be serious,” she said. “He can burst out and have fun while telling the story that needs to be told.”
Stewart said the auditions took place four weeks ago and the 30-person cast has been in rehearsal ever since. Luckily, she said, because it’s such a familiar show, the cast didn’t need to get used to it.
“It’s a unique situation at Geyer,” she said. “A lot of people were in the show before.”
But this familiarity with the show held by the cast and audience members also brought some challenges. Stewart said the show’s integrity was maintained while allowing the cast to have fun with it.
“Another challenge is trying to tell a show that’s been viewed 3,000 times in a new light, trying to present it in a new way,” Stewart said.
She and co-director Brandon Kerr found ways to do it all winter long.
“We try to make sure we have a good concept and stay true to the story,” she said.
Choreographer Leyna Wright and Music Director Beth Minda are also on board, as a live band will perform along with the show which includes songs like “Close Every Door to Me”, “Go Go Go Joseph” and “Any Dream Will Do “.
Stewart said audiences will enjoy the spectacle of the show, from the lighting and costumes to the acting and singing.
“It’s going to be great,” she said. “It’s a full theatrical spectacle, at least that’s what I’m aiming for.”
“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” will be presented at the Geyer Performing Arts Center in Scottdale at 7:30 p.m. this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and at 2:30 p.m. this Sunday.
Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased online at geyerpac.com
For more information, call 724-887-0887.