The Penn State Thespians, a student-run theatre organization, will present "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," April 2-4 at Schwab Auditorium on the University Park campus. Showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. each day, with an additional matinee performance at 2 p.m. on April 4.
"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," or simply "Joseph," has been dazzling American audiences since its first appearance on Broadway in 1982. Joseph is one of the first major successes from writer Andrew Lloyd Webber in collaboration with lyricist Tim Rice. This colorful show is a far cry from the average musical. Being an operetta, "Joseph" is completely sung through with no spoken dialogue.
The Thespians' production stars George Heigel as Joseph and is directed by Kaitlin Boland. Tickets for the show are $8 for students and $12 for adults. Call or stop by the Eisenhower Auditorium, the HUB-Robeson Center Information Desk and the Downtown Theatre.
"Joseph" is based on the “Coat of Many Colors” story from Genesis in the Bible. It is told through the point of view of God (the Narrator) who is encouraging a small ensemble of children to dream. This theme of dreaming drives the plotline, with the main character, Joseph, having the ability to interpret dreams. Joseph’s gift turns out to be both a blessing and a curse. His father, Jacob, bequeaths onto Joseph the infamous coat of many colors. This act is the final straw, as jealousy and hate overcome his 11 motley brothers. They fake Joseph’s death, and sell him into slavery in Egypt. In his adventures in Egypt, Joseph encounters many characters, including the Elvis-impersonating Pharaoh.
How will Joseph deal with the chains of slavery? How does he come to meet the Pharaoh? What happens to his brothers?
The Penn State Thespians will answer these questions as they portray this biblical musical on Palm Sunday weekend.
For more information, contact Nicholas Mittereder at (412) 303–7519 or Marley Lynch at (908) 358–9939.
For more on the Penn State Thespians, visit http://www.clubs.psu.edu/up/thespians/.