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Joseph's 'Dreamcoat' comes to Pinckney stage
Posted by Leanne Smith | The Livingston Community News April 10, 2009 | Categories: Features
The Livingston Community News
He spends his days as a Brighton dentist, but Brad Rondeau longs to be a Biblical interpreter of dreams.
He gets his chance this Easter season in the title role of the Pinckney Players' rendition of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."
"I love this story," said Rondeau, of Marion Township. "Joseph is a generally good guy who knows he's destined to be more. He's a dreamer."
The family-oriented musical opens at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18 in the Jane Tasch Performing Arts Theatre in Hamburg Township. It's based on the Biblical story of Joseph and his coat of many colors.
"It's one simple story from the Bible that is creatively built into a huge musical phenomenon," said producer Lynn Wilde Concannon.
Wilde Concannon directed the Players' first performance of "Joseph" 10 years ago, and said the time is right to bring it back again. "We have a brand new set design, we've added more harmony to the music and some unique dancing," she said. "We have a lot of new people in the group now and this show fit this group."
Directing this time around is Stephanie Heslip, a veteran director of Junior Pinckney Players productions who's taking her first time at the helm of an adult musical.
"This show has so many different genres of music," she said. "There's rock 'n' roll, calypso, country. Everything is catchy and fun."
The story is told through a narrator, which is being portrayed by Hamburg Township's Sonja Marquis. Joseph is the favorite of the 12 sons of Jacob. As a symbol of his preference, Jacob gives Joseph a coat of many colors, which makes his brothers very jealous.
The brothers sell Joseph into slavery in Egypt and tell their father he is dead. Joseph eventually ends up in prison where he interprets the dreams of other prisoners, one of whom is a servant of the Pharaoh and tells his boss of Joseph's ability.
"The Pharaoh has a lot of pride in himself and has this king-like swagger about him, but he's having these recurring nightmares and is very troubled about what they mean," said Hamburg Township's Jeff Jackowski, who plays Pharaoh.
Pharaoh calls for Joseph and is so relieved by his interpretations of the dreams and so impressed with him that he makes Joseph his No. 2 man.
Faced with famine, Joseph's brothers come to Egypt to beg for mercy and food and don't recognize they are talking to Joseph. He sets one brother up to be captured for theft, but recants after other brothers beg they be taken instead.
Throughout the story, there are many lessons of hope, faith and forgiveness, Heslip said.
"It's a good story told in a fun way," Heslip said. "I hope people come away with a sense of family. Even though you may not get along, it's still family and you have to do everything in your power keep family together."
Leanne Smith can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 810-844-2011.