‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat’

A burst of diverse music, high-energy dance moves, and vibrant costumes will fill the stage as ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat,’ is presented at Bethel on April 6 – 8. A large cast of 28 middle school students and 31 high schoolers are in the entertaining musical.

The production is being directed by student director Adam Clark, a senior, who also fills the role of Pharaoh. With interest in being a director as a career, Clark was allowed the opportunity to direct to gain some experience. “It’s fun to get to tell other people what to do and also to see my visions come to life on stage. It has been a little challenging to control everyone, but that is what you get with middle school and high schoolers. I’m hoping that college students will be more receptive,” he said.

In addition to directing, Clark is also interested in music as he’s been in the choir, marching band, and jazz band all through high school. He is also a member of ‘The Blue Leaf’s,’ a Tipp City based fifties rock band. Clark is able to bring his love of rock and roll to the character of Pharaoh, who embodies the persona of Elvis Presley. “I get to sing my favorite genre of music (rock-n-roll) and got to learn a whole new style of dancing to swivel my hips like Elvis,” he said.

As the director, Clark made the call to add a song that’s in the current touring production of the show, which is sung by the Pharaoh, and to also have him play the guitar.

The title role of Joseph is being played by Zach Moore, a senior, who feels very comfortable with the part as it’s a perfect fit for his range. He has been a part of the high school productions since he was in middle school, and Joseph is among his favorite parts. Moore enjoys being able to entertain others while on stage. “Acting is an escape, you are free from all the rest of the world. You can’t see the audience but just hope that there are smiles on their faces or that they are crying if it’s a dramatic scene,” he said. “You hope they are laughing with you and not at you.”

‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat’ covers a full range of emotions. “Audiences will be surprises with the mix of comedy and sad parts. The music also shifts drastically in both directions,” said Moore.

To explain all of the activity occurring on stage is the Narrator, which will be Mikayla Hoeferlin. A senior, it’s her first leading role after being in shows throughout high school. She is honored and excited to be going out on top. Something that also stands out to Hoeferlin about the show is the wide assortment of music contained within it. “I like all the diversity in the music,” she said. “There’s also a sense of humor to it, it’s pretty funny.”

The cast has put in a lot of time and effort into the production, including a pair of six hour rehearsal days during Spring Break. They are all devoted to creating the best performance possible.

Performances of ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat,’ are Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8. On Sunday, April 8 there is a special matinee at 2 p.m. for $6 and and a 7 p.m. for $8. All performances are in the auditorium at Bethel.

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