Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat

Cast members, including Dave Stepan, center, playing Joseph, during a rehearsal for the Stewartville Community Education Theatre's production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat" Tuesday, July 23, 2019, in Stewartville. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)

“Some folks dream of the wonders they'll do

Before their time on this planet is through

Some just don't have anything planned

They hide their hopes and their heads in the sand...”

Stewartville Community Theatre members have been dreaming of performing Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor for years, director Aaron Rocklyn says. However, the show tours so often that the rights have been unavailable… until now.

This weekend, the show opens with all the show-stopping music, choreography and – yes – color it’s known for.

“It's a well-known, classic tale told in a thoroughly modern, joyful, and humorous way,” Rocklyn says. “The show is fast-paced, lighthearted, conceptually clever, and utterly hilarious. How many biblical stories can you say that about?”

In the story, Joseph, a prophetic dreamer, is betrayed by his 11 jealous brothers and sold into slavery. However his destiny can’t be denied, and he rises back up to a position of influence in Egypt.

Die-hard fans of Andrew Lloyd Webber may be able to rattle off the whole sung-through show. (It was red and yellow and green and brown! And scarlet and black and ochre and peach!) But even occasional listeners will recognize classics like “Close Every Door to Me” and “Any Dream Will Do.”

Rocklyn’s personal favorite is “Song of the King,” in which the Egyptian Pharaoh sings and dances like Elvis Presley. (Because he’s the King… get it?)

“We were very fortunate to get such a talented cast; virtually everyone has a very strong voice and dances well,” Rocklyn said. “And our children's choir is exceptional.”

The 35-member cast, which includes that children’s chorus, rehearsed for seven weeks to get the musical down pat.

Dave Stepan plays Joseph and Alex Beerling is the hip-swinging Pharaoh. Other prominent actors and actresses include Kevin Torgerson, Katie Eberhard, Angela Fitzpatrick,and Ryan Frank.

Sponsored by Stewartville Community Theatre.

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Anne writes for Rochester Magazine and the Post Bulletin, and edits 507 Magazine. She hails from Lafayette, Indiana and enjoys reading, tea-drinking, and her cat, Newt Scameownder.