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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat comes to the PAC

The musical version of the story of Joseph and his coat of many colors in Santa Clarita Valley

Posted: July 23, 2009 2:00 p.m.
Updated: July 24, 2009 6:04 a.m.

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Jealousy, intrigue, betrayal, crime, punishment, redemption and forgiveness - all set to tuneful styles ranging from pop to calypso - "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" has it all. The musical, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice,
and brought to you by the Santa Clarita Regional Theatre, comes to the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons this Saturday night for a limited run. See Joseph overcome all odds in this classic story, as the good guy wins in the end and song and dance carry the day.

The Santa Clarita Regional Theatre is bringing the biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors to the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons for a limited run. Suitable to all age groups, the musical brings to life the story of Joseph (Ryan Massey), a boy blessed with the ability to interpret dreams, who shares the message, "Any dream will do."
Because Joseph is his father's favorite, his jealous brothers sell him into slavery to the Ishmaelites, who take him to Egypt. Back home, his brothers tell his father Jacob (Ron Kari) that Joseph has been killed. They show his tattered coat, smeared with his blood - really goat blood - as proof that what they say is true.

In Egypt, Joseph is sold to Potiphar (Paul Strickland), a rich man in whose house Joseph rises through the ranks of slaves and servants until he is running the household. When Potiphar's wife (Musette Caing) makes advances, Joseph spurns her. However Potiphar overhears, barges in, sees the two together - and jumps to conclusions. He jails Joseph.
While incarcerated, Joseph helps interpret the dreams of two prisoners who were servants of the Pharaoh. The Pharaoh (Jarod Scott in an Elvis impersonation) hears of Joseph's gift and orders Joseph to be brought to him. By interpreting Pharaoh's dreams, Joseph becomes the most powerful man in Egypt.

Meanwhile, Joseph's brothers have suffered greatly since abandoning Joseph, and they come to Egypt to beg for food and mercy. Seeing that his brothers have truly repented, Joseph reveals himself and he and his father are reunited.
This popular and enduring musical by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber combines a cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to pop and rock ‘n' roll. Vocal director Leslie Berra said, "This is just about the most joyful music you could ever sing or listen to. Our talented cast has conquered layers and layers of complicated, beautiful harmonies that tell the story of Joseph and his coat. No matter what part you play, or what your involvement in this show is, you can't help but feel good when performing it or listening to it."

TimBen Boydston, artistic director of the Santa Clarita Regional Theatre, and director of "Joseph," said "This is a terrific musical, which is great for families. It is always wonderful to be able to produce a show that has such a positive message for people in general, and people of faith in particular. The story of Joseph's triumph over adversity and learning the importance of forgiveness is as relevant today as when it was written over 2,000 years ago. Because the show is filled with singing, dancing and laughter, and is totally rated G, the kids will love it."

Musette Caing, the show's choreographer, said, "Being a former owner of three dance studios, I've had lots of experience in teaching people of all ages to dance. Usually I get a time-frame of a year to teach students before they have to perform at a recital. ‘Joseph' posed a very big challenge because I had to teach some very inexperienced people to dance in only 10 weeks - and make them look like professionals. But they were some of the most pleasant and wonderful people to work with - from all different backgrounds; high school students to business professionals. I'm very proud of them and the end product."
The key role of narrator is handled by Jill Kocalis-Scott. Joseph's brothers are: Greg Hayes as Reuben, Sam Hyde as Asher, David Kenny as Dan, Shannon Michael as Napthali, Joey Prata as Judah, Brad Rennels as Simeon, Joe Roselund as Levi, Gabriel Eliah Sayegh, Jr. as Zebulun and Colin Robert as Benjamin.

Assistant Director of the Canyon Theatre Guild Patti Finley appeared in the chorus of "Joseph" when the CTG produced it in 2000. "It was originally scheduled to be the first show in our new theater in Old Town Newhall," Finley said. "But the construction of our building took longer than planned, so we had to find another performance venue. We ended up on the stage at Valencia High School. I'm so happy we are having the chance to present this terrific show again."

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