Anchored by a 38-voice children’s chorus, the Gardner Community Theatre is preparing to present the popular Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” in late June.
The musical is based on the Biblical story of Joseph, a favored Hebrew son who is sold into slavery in Egypt by his jealous brothers, only to rise to national prominence and eventually save his family from starvation.
Actors from five to 60- years old star in the show, which runs Thursday through Sunday, June 27-30 at the Gardner Edgerton High School auditorium. Show times are 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings with matinee performances at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The high school is located at 425 N. Waverly Road in Gardner.
“The show unites young and old alike,” says director Matt Jordan, “It’s a true community demographic, and I look for our audience to be much of the same.”
Given the family theme of the story line, it’s fitting that entire families are acting and singing together in this GCT production.
“I’ve wanted to perform Joseph for many years because of the subject matter, the challenging vocal score, the variety of musical styles and the over-the-top humor,” musical director Paul Fibelkorn said. “This is a family affair for me as not only will my wife and two sons be in the production, but several friends, students and co-workers of mine.”
Tickets may be purchased in advance at
www.gardnercommunitytheatre.org, at the door, or at the Gardner UPS store with cash or check.
In addition to providing family friendly entertainment, the Gardner Community Theatre has a scholarship fund for students who have been involved with the group’s shows. GCT raises money for this fund through a “marketplace” held in conjunction with its annual summer musical.
This year, the Marketplace will feature Joseph souvenirs (including a collector’s Christmas ornament designed specifically for the Gardner show), concessions, and a raffle for baskets full of gift cards, merchandise and show-themed items. T
he Marketplace begins an hour before each performance. It also will be open during intermission and after each show.
For more information about “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” visit the theater company website.