The A-C Valley drama club will be performing Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the A-C Valley High School Auditorium on March 12, 13 and 14 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. The musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice tells the Bible story of Joseph. The play opens with the Narrator telling a story. The story she relates is of a young dreamer, a man named Joseph—the same Joseph whose story is told in the Book of Genesis.
Joseph was born into a family of twelve boys, all the sons of Jacob. Joseph is Jacob’s favorite son, and, to show everyone that he loves Joseph the most, Jacob gives Joseph a multi-colored coat. However, this coat, along with Joseph’s talk of dreams he has had showing he will be the ruler of his brothers, make the brothers jealous. They decide to kill him, but before they get the chance, they meet up with the group of Ishmaelites traveling to Egypt. A plan is hatched, and they sell their brother as a slave instead.
So Joseph is taken off to Egypt, and his brothers return to tell their father that his favorite son is dead, producing his coat—which they have stained with the blood of a goat—as proof.
Joseph is sold to Potiphar, a powerful man in Egypt. While there Joseph works so hard and is so honest, that Potiphar begins to admire him greatly. Unfortunately, he also catches the eye of Potiphar’s wife, who tries to seduce him. When Potiphar catches them together, he assumes the worst (even though Joseph is innocent) and sends Joseph to prison. While in prison Joseph meets two of Pharaoh’s servants, a butler and a baker, both of whom have had strange dreams. Joseph interprets their dreams, correctly telling their future.
In the meantime, Pharaoh, the ruler of Egypt, has also been having unusual dreams. No one can interpret these dreams, so Pharaoh is intrigued when his butler tells him of Joseph’s ability. He has Joseph brought before him to interpret his dreams.
Joseph offers his interpretation, that seven years of bounty will be followed by seven years of famine, and Pharaoh is so impressed that he appoints Joseph to a post in the government. He will be in charge of storing food for the upcoming hard times.
When the famine does hit, Joseph’s father and brothers in Canaan have fallen on hard times. They hear that there is food available in Egypt, so the brothers travel there to beg for help. Once there, they are brought before Joseph who recognizes them immediately even though they do not know him. He tests their honesty and humility by planting a golden cup in the sack of his brother, Benjamin, to see what they will say. When confronted with the supposed evidence of theft, the brothers maintain the boy’s innocence and offer to let themselves be taken prisoner instead.
Joseph sees that his brothers have changed. He decides to show mercy and reveals his true identity. At last the family is reunited when Jacob is brought to Egypt to join his beloved son along with his other children.
The production is under the direction of Jennifer Lowrey and Julie Powell and features Brent Hetrick as Joseph, Karly King, Audra Lykins, Lily Preston, Makenna Armagost, Marissa Fisher and Bella Hunt as the Narrators, Jimmy Powell as Pharaoh, Anthony Palmer, Andrew Verostek, Alex Preston, Chase Wenner, Elizabeth Croyle, Cejae Wyman, Nichole Sherry, Rilee Bowser, Cora Weigle and Max Lowrey as the brothers, Austin Eaton as Jacob, Allison Lewis, KyLee Cutwright, Myiah page, Hannah Farrington, Cailyn Shaffer and Alivya Hartzell as Ensemble. There is also a children’s ensemble featuring Broc Gagliano, Taylynn Amsler, Cason McCleary, Alivia Adams, Jada Warfield, Gabe Johnson, Jarah Batson, Kline Tolbart, Alyssa Shaffer, Dawson Dehart, Hunter Pentz, David Lutz, Candan Six, Thatcher Matassa, Zach Johnson, Aliya Fulderson, Haloe Smith, Hubert Lykins, Ivy Black, Adalynn Hartzell, Natalie Myers, William Garris, Aubrie Griebel, Madilyn Meyers, Malia Page, Greyson Himes, Rayanne Sherry, Giana Louise, Andrew Preston, Isabella Mason and Evann Jenkins.