Aldersgate Church Community Theater Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatBy Rodrigo Pool • Jun 26th, 2012 • Category: Reviews
Aldersgate Church Community Theater
Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Alexandria, VA
Through July 8th
1:35 with intermission
$18/$15 Youth and Senior
Reviewed June 23rd, 2012
You know that feeling and taste of a home cooked meal, that particular taste that makes you feels at home. Not to say that a luxurious meal at five-star restaurant is somehow less than that, it’s just that a home cooked meal has that personal familiar touch. And so does Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat I love the feeling of being taking by a story I know nothing about, so I went into that theater without any preconceived notions of the piece. Intentionally, I avoided reading anything about it, not even pictures. I even managed to get there at exactly at 8 o’clock, so my mind wouldn’t wonder and read something about the show. I wanted to be taken by surprise, and I was.
The show is based on a story from the Bible and it begins with the narrator (Marie Wakefield) as she makes her way across the middle aisle of the audience to the stage singing, as a choir of children wearing plain shirts of different colors joins her on stage. She then tells the story of Joseph (Hunter Bales) who enters stage right, rocking out a classic MacGruber haircut and a pair of stylish “weezer” black horn rimmed glasses, instantly making him a memorable character. He joins the narrator and with the magic of a Disney musical, boom! You’re taken into the world of Joseph’s biblical story.
The story of Joseph begins with his father Jacob (Teddy Gron) whose facial expressions had me geeking out during the whole show and his other eleven brothers each with his own noticeable personality. Jacob, who favored Joseph, buys him a technicolor coat (coolest coat EVER). But I digress, Joseph’s brothers are jealous of him for his coat, (honestly, who isn’t?!) so they strip him from the coolest coat ever and sell him to a group of Ishmaelites as a slave and they take him to Egypt. There Joseph is the slave of Egyptian millionaire Potiphar (Lee Blount). When Mrs. Potiphar (Shelagh Roberts) makes some very sexy Egyptian advances (it’s PG, calm down folks).
The show’s dance routines, choreographed by Adrienne Magnuson, are absolutely enchanting. They run all over the spectrum, from jazz, to Broadway to an amazing leg twitching Elvis. Joseph gets caught and is sent to jail. Depressed, Joseph sings “Close Every Door” and truly shows his singing abilities, but his spirits rise when he helps two prisoners put in his cell and he understands their dreams. One cellmate, the Baker (Christine Tankersley), will be executed, but the other, the Butler (Maria Ciarrocchi) will be returned to service. And cue “Go, Go, Go Joseph” yaaaay, confetti, good times, good time, yeaaah.
The Narrator (Marie Wakefield), who never ceases to amaze the audience with her stage presence, talks about forthcoming changes in Joseph’s fortune because the Pharaoh (Michael Page), who’s acted in the style of Elvis Presley, and I mean down to a tee, is having dreams that no one can interpret. So Joseph interprets the dream as seven plentiful years of crops followed by seven years of famine. An astonished Pharaoh puts Joseph in charge of carrying out the preparations needed to endure the impending famine, and Joseph becomes the most powerful man in Egypt, second only to the King (both figuratively and literally).
Did I mentioned how sweet the costumes, make-up, and lighting were? Well, pretty sure I just did. It’s clear from the moment the show begins to pick up momentum that a lot of thought, heart and hard work have gone into the production of this play, from the hand-made costumes, to the intense sets and the amazingly hand painted backdrops.
The spirit of the show is driven by its quirky and very talented ensemble cast, everyone in the show, no matter how small of a role, shined on stage. Even some of the adorable children in the choir were taken by the magic going on stage. The theater could use a new PA system, because a few times during the show it was a bit difficult to hear the actors over the band. And the band, by the way, was great. Overall, the show is an absolute great time for the whole family. Not for a second do you forget you’re watching a local theater production, but through the show’s performances and the very talented cast you believe every word and lyric sang in the show. If you love musicals, Bible stories, and “home-produced” awesomeness; do not miss Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
“We all dream a lot..if you think it, want it, dream it, then it’s real. You are what you feel.” These are the words that invite you into a tale of Biblical proportions.
First conceived in 1968 as a commissioned cantata (a vocal composition with instrumental accompaniment) by Colet Court students, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat evolved throughout the years to become the beloved musical it is today.
What makes Joseph such an endearing and timeless piece enjoyed by performances from Children’s groups to Broadway is the basic message of perseverance and following ones dream.
I want to thank the production staff, cast and crew for turning this dream into a reality.
“May I return I return to the beginning, the light is dimming….any dream will do.”
John C. Waldron
Photos provided by Aldersgate Church Community Theater
- Narrator: Marie Wakefield
- Joseph: Hunter Bales
- Jacob: Teddy Gron
- Reuben: Levi Meerovich
- Simeon: Joseph Cooney
- Levi: Austin Harlow
- Naphtali: Joseph Artabane
- Issachar/Pharoah: Michael Page
- Asher/Baker: Christine Tankersley
- Dan: Harry Juricic
- Zebulon: James Woods
- Gad: Melanie Bales
- Benjamin: Caroline Austin
- Judah: Dominic Owusu
- Wife/Ishmaelite: Corey Leigh Latta
- Wife/Ishmaelite/Mrs. Potiphar: Shelagh Roberts
- Wife Butler: Maria Ciarrocchi
- Wife: Kristen Otto
- Wife: Laura Juricic
- Wife: Morgan Vaughan
- Wife: Karli Eddinger
- Potiphar: Lee Blount
- Children’s Chorus
- Rachel Lenora Baker, Brendan DeBie
- Janan Gokturk
- Leah Juricic
- Anna Rizzi
- Lucy Roberrts
- Isabella (Bella) Carucci
- Ali DiZinno
- Olivia Hays
- Emily Lyon
- MacKenzie Rivera
- Gabriella Woods
- Cassie Cope
- Danielle Duvall
- Daniel Juricic
- Jenna Martin
- Ellen Roberrts
- Music Director: Jeff Taylor
- Assistant Music Director, Accompanist: Cathy Manley
- Flute/Clarinet/Alto Sax: Bob Greene
- Violin: Steve Natrella
- Guitar: Tim Casey
- Bass: Jack Coulter
- Percussion: Nick White
- Drums: George Huttlin
The Production Crew
- Executive Producer: Bill Austin
- Assisted by: Hannah Lau
- Co-Producers: Leighann Behrens and Corey Leigh Latta
- Director: John C. Waldron
- Music Director: Jeff Taylor
- Assistant Music Director/Accompanist: Cathy Manley
- Youth Choral Director: Karli Eddinger
- Stage Manager: Marg Soroos
- Assistant Stage Managers: Hannah Lau, Leighann Behrens
- Set Design: Mary Hutzler, Lauren Tucker, Valerie Wohlleben
- Assisted by: Marg Soroos, Jim Hutzler
- Set Decoration/Dressing: Marg Soroos
- Props: Judy Kee
- Props Assisted by: Jayn Rife, Orron Kee
- Light Design: Michael Page
- Light Technician: Kate Kershaw
- Sound Design: Colton Thomas
- Sound Technician: Sarah Bowman
- Special Effects: John C. Waldron
- Costumes: Jennifer Corl
- Makeup: Bette Williams, Jennifer Corl
- Assisted by: Leah Hays
- Hair: Jennifer Corl
- Dance Choreographer: Adrienne Magnuson
- Fight Choreographer: Adrienne Magnuson
- Wardrobe: Georgia Harlow
- Publicity/Marketing: Cndy F. Cole
- Assisted by: Amy Hurd, Bill Austin, Lori Rulapaugh, Bailey Center, Barb Baker, Howard Soroos, Lyndsay Austin
- Webmaster and Tickets: Lori Rulapaugh, John Rulapaugh
- Photographer: Herreracampbell Photography
- Casual Photos: Howard Soroos, Barb Baker
- Usher Coordinator: Julie Pfister
- Concessions: Gerry and Jennifer DeBie
- Opening Night Caterer: Benny Robles, Ronnie Hardcastle
- Tech Dinner: Shirley Bolstad, C.J. Mikowski
- Box Office: Michelle Vaughan, Jean Vita, Kacie Greenwood-Eckman
Disclaimer: Aldersgate Church Community Theater provided two complimentary media tickets to ShowBizRadio for this review. ACCT also purchased advertising on the ShowBizRadio.com web site, which did not influence this review.
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Rodrigo Pool is a Graphic Artist during the day and Jedi Master all the time. He also fights deadites FOR FUN. Don't ask. His previous works include; Harmony in Daddy's Dyin', Who's Got The Will?, Chief Bromdem in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Tom Hanks in Angels and Demons featuring Tom Hanks, Il commendatore in Proffesional Curtesy, Reynaldo in No Match, Mysterious Man in a Suit (Captain Jack Sparrow, Joker, Bob Dylan) in Jack vs. Jill, Christian in The Other Room, Jack in The Plan (indie film 2011), Dr. Adventure Time in Adventure Time Redux (The Jupiter Jetson Project), Solid Snake in Closing Time (Radio-Play).