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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
a Musical
CATEGORY : COMEDY MUSICAL
by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber

COMPANY : ACT1 [WEBSITE]
VENUE : ACT1 Theater [WEBSITE]
ID# 4602

SHOWING : July 18, 2014 - August 10, 2014

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Joseph, his fathers favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged. He is purchased by Potiphar where thwarting advances from Potiphars wife lands him in jail. When news of Josephs gift to interpret dreams reaches the Pharaoh (wryly and riotously depicted as Elvis), Joseph is well on his way to becoming second in command. Eventually his brothers, having suffered greatly, unknowingly find themselves groveling at the feet of the brother they betrayed but no longer recognize. After testing their integrity, Joseph reveals himself leading to a heartfelt reconciliation of the sons of Israel. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock-n-roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Melody Cookson
Dance Captain Ty Autry
Makeup Assistant Amanda Clark
Assistant Set Designer Chris Cookson
Puppet Designer Bob Cookson
Associate Light/Sound Designer Dan Hamilton
Stage Manager Jennifer Hartshorn
Costume Designer Suzanne Heiser
Dance Captain Ariel Kasten
Sound/Light Designer Murray Mann
Set Artist Bob Marinich
Makeup Manager Elena Matchen
Set Designer Rich Vandever
Assistant Stage Manager Emily Voller
Costume Designer Anne Voller
Choreographer Megan Wartell
Violinist Savannah Cookson
Music Director Holly Quigley
Accompanist Taylot Rowley
Percussionist Brian Schmidt
Gad, Baker Ty Autry
Judah, u/s Joseph Eric Baylot
Leah Stacy Bowers
Dan Kiuleia Brandon
Naphtali Amanda Clark
Joseph Bobby Cookson
Dinah, u/s Narrator Savannah Cookson
Pharoah, Levi John Coombs
Benjamin Brianna Del Negro
Issachar Tierra Ferra
Simeon Michael Glatzer
Asher Jennifer Hartshorn
Mrs. Potiphar, Zilpah Ariel Kasten
Elyoram Caroline Kuzel
Potiphar, Ishmaelite, Egyptian Guard Bob Marinich
Minime, Ishmaelite, Egyptian Guard Will Marinich
Bilhah Erin McCulley
Reuben Mike Quigley
Serah Sofia Seybold
Jacob Chris Voss
Narrator Kim Wacker
Zebulon, u/s Pharoah Alex Wiggs
Social Media Manager Bob Cookson
Photographer Michael Glatzer
Box Office Lisa Matchen
Publicity Manager Barbara McFann
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REVIEWS

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Putting the Color in Technicolor
by playgoer
Saturday, August 2, 2014
4.5
"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" is a perky, tuneful music taking as its inspiration the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, and his eleven brothers (from three other mothers besides his own). It calls for a largely youth/young adult cast, and that’s exactly what ACT1 has given it. The energy of youth also infects the adults in the cast, giving the show an overall sparkle and glow.

As almost always at ACT1, the costumes are excellent. Designers Suzanne Thornett and Anne Voller have given the 22-member cast multiple costumes each, often themed to the various musical styles of the songs. Joseph is not the only colorfully garbed individual in the cast; in fact, were it not for his coats and accessories, he’d be the drabbest person onstage in a Christ-like white linen shift.

Set design (Rich Vandever with assistant Chris Cookson), set painting (Bob Marinich), prop/puppet design (Savannah Cookson, Tierra Ferra, Debby Wachsman, Bob Cookson), and sound/light design (Murray Mann) all impress. The staging is clever, making full use of the stage, and Megan Wartell’s choreography is inventive, energetic, and perfectly suited to the talents of the cast, which boasts several fine dancers.

This is a short show, so pacing is not as essential as it would be in a longer, more serious show. Nevertheless, director Melody Cookson and music director Holly Quigley keep the show moving at all times. It’s a delight to see each new moment of this production.

The cast includes five females among the twelve "sons" of Jacob. All except Jennifer Hartshorn look passably male in their costumes, makeup, and demeanor, and don’t try to draw undue attention to themselves. The actual males in the band of brothers are as highly talented a group of young men as one might wish. All get a chance to shine. The females in the cast (especially Savannah Cookson, with her strong soprano and violin skills) add a lot of verve and variety to the show, and the female "brothers" also get their shots at performing in their own gender.

The two starring roles are Joseph (Bobby Cookson) and the narrator (Kim Wacker). Mr. Cookson is all one could wish for in his role, with a strong baritone voice and an apple-cheeked, boyish face to compliment his winning acting. He interacts very well with Ms. Wacker, who is dressed throughout in a 1960’s-style stewardess outfit with an "I Dream of Jeannie" scarf. She seems to have been the only member of the cast with a personal microphone (other than Pharaoh’s handheld mike as Elvis). The directorial emphasis on choral phantasmagoria leaves her somewhat as the odd man out, but she acquits herself well as an outsider-type character.

ACT1’s "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" is as sprightly and entertaining a show as you’re likely to see at Alpharetta Presbyterian Church. Keyboardist Taylor Rowley and percussionist Brian Schmidt join with the cast to produce a splendid-sounding show, and all visual design elements work together to make sure smiles are plastered across the faces of the audience from start to finish. This is one not to miss. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
A most enjoyable performance.
by Speaksga
Monday, July 21, 2014
5.0
I went to see this play on opening night and was really impressed. There were a LOT of people on stage and everyone seemed to keep the show alive and hopping.

Joseph was well cast. He had a great stage presence and a good strong singing voice.

I was especially entranced by Ariel Kasten who played Ms. Potiphar as a delightfully entrancing cougar and also in a nameless role doing a dance number during "Canan Days" which I thought was stunning.

All in all, I thought it was a great production and hope that everyone in Atlanta that enjoys musical theater gets a chance to catch this one. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Must see!
by dseybold
Sunday, July 20, 2014
4.5
We laughed out loud, learned, and were entertained from start to finish. The cast, costumes and music are top notch. Bravo Act1! [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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