Potiphar’s wife (Grace Szczepkowski of Marlton) plays a game of cat and mouse with Joseph (Josh Toro of Moorestown), resulting in Joseph’s imprisonment in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Mainstage Center for the Arts presents the production July 20, 21, 27, and 28 at Camden County College’s Dennis Flyer Theatre. For tickets, visitwww.mainstage.org or call (856) 227-3091.
Josh Toro, of Moorestown, plays the lead role of Joseph, a boy who can interpret dreams and receives the coat as a gift from his father, Jacob (Joshua Brooks of Williamstown). His jealous brothers sell him into slavery in Egypt, where he is purchased by Potiphar (Charles Ward of Deptford). Potiphar’s wife (Grace Szczepkowski of Marlton) has him thrown into jail after he rejects her. While imprisoned, news of Joseph’s prophetic abilities reaches the Pharaoh, comically portrayed as Elvis by JD Shaw of Stratford. Joseph soon becomes second in command. Having suffered years of hardship, Joseph’s brothers eventually find themselves begging for mercy from the brother they once betrayed.
The colorful story is told almost completely through song and dance, featuring a wide variety of memorable musical numbers including “Any Dream Will do,” “Benjamin Calypso,” “Jacob and Sons/Joseph’s Coat, “Song of the King”, and “Go, Go, Go Joseph.”
“This is a show that both actors and audiences really enjoy. It’s one of the first shows we presented when we initially branched out from our Children’s Theatre productions to include Mainstage performances geared to adult audiences. It was very well received. I felt it was time to bring it back with a new generation of talent,” said Ed Fiscella, Joseph director and Mainstage’s producing artistic director.
It’s not only the adults who will appreciate Joseph. The show’s upbeat nature and moral lessons also make it a great theatrical experience for younger audiences. And, the Mainstage production, like the Broadway productions of Joseph, features a children’s chorus.
“This is such a fun show. And, I consider it such an honor to portray Joseph because I’ve always admired Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice,” said Toro. “The cast is terrific, too. Everyone here has been so welcoming.”
Though Toro’s performed with other local theatres, Joseph marks his first Mainstage appearance.
In addition to Fiscella, Joseph’s creative team includes choreographer, Renee Chambers Liciaga of Mount Laurel; vocal director, Evan Figueras of Washington Township; set designer Tom Weaver of Cherry Hill; and costume designers, Linda Nese of Gloucester Township and Bethany Campbell of Deptford. Vince Gentless of Gloucester Township will direct a live orchestra for all performances.
Chambers Liciaga, who performed with the first US National Broadway touring company of Joseph, is impressed with this cast’s talent, “The dancers can do amazing things and the vocals are all solid. It’s a great collaborative effort. I hope to inspire these incredible people and help them present an awesome show.”
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat runs July 20, 21, 27, 28, 7:30 p.m. in the newly-renovated, fully accessible Dennis Flyer Theatre, Lincoln Hall, Camden County College, Blackwood, NJ. Ticket prices are $15/seniors & students, $18 & $21/adults. Purchase tickets on line at www.mainstage.org or call (856) 227-3091.