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Theatre Bristol stages one 'Amazing' musical

Entertainment staff • Jun 12, 2014 at 9:47 AM

After years of struggling to continue the mission of providing quality, family friendly entertainment that founder Catherine DeCaterina set out for Theatre Bristol nearly five decades ago, it's only fitting that the community theatre group is returning to the Paramount Center for the Performing Arts stage with an "Amazing" tale of faith and redemption.

Theatre Bristol's production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," the hit Broadway musical by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, opens June 20 at the Paramount, with performances continuing June 21, 22 and 27-29. Show times are 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, and 2:30 p.m., Sundays.

"The 'only dream that would do' for Theatre Bristol is to be back on the Paramount stage with a family-friendly major musical production, and after five years that dream is coming true," said Theatre Bristol board member Samantha Gray, who is also author of a biography on the late DeCaterina.

Theatre Bristol veteran Glenn Patterson directs the production, which tells the Bible saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors. Joseph, a boy with prophetic dreams, is his father's favorite son. When his jealous brothers sell him into slavery, Joseph embarks on an adventure that challenges his spirit and humanity.

The show's musical style ranges from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock 'n' roll. Since its creation in 1968, over 20,000 productions have been staged across the globe. The film version starred Donnie Osmond as Joseph.

"We are so pleased to have someone as gifted and respected as Glenn Patterson directing," said Gray, who is producing the show. "He's telling this classic story with a cast of talented area men and women, a children's chorus, from choreographed calypsos, hoe-downs, to ballet and more, a coat of many colors along with beautiful costumes, and a dramatic set design — all framed by the Paramount stage — it really is amazing."

Bringing Theatre Bristol's production to life is a cast of 50 volunteers, including Theatre Bristol veterans Laura O'Bryan as the Narrator, Nick Reynolds as Joseph, John Runde as Jacob and newcomer Robert McCrary as the Pharaoh.

The brothers are portrayed by Dan Gray (Reuben), James R. Altman III (Simeon), Donovan Boddie (Levi), Ben Fitton (Judah), Kevin O'Bryan (Dan), Ian M. Crosby (Naphtali), Koty Peak (Gad), Bryant Denmark (Asher), Matthew Torbett (Issachar), Daniel Freeman (Zebulun) and Luke Gray (Benjamin).

The supporting cast includes James R. Altman III as Potiphar, Camille Gray as Mrs. Potiphar, Bryant Denmark as the Butler, and Donovan Boddie as the Baker. Wives, Egyptians and featured dancers are Lindsay Marshall, Elizabeth Anne Burns, Emily Yates, Makenna Arnold, Tori Upton, Ashton Bishop, Anna Kimerer, Sylvia Meredith, Patty Denmark, Hyacynth Barbera, Rowan Skeen, Camille Gray and Aubrey Sobczak. Chorus members are Seth Peterson and John Mullins.

The children's chorus features many newcomers to Theatre Bristol, including Kaden Powers, Kyah Powers, Sam Meredith, Tom Meredith, Cameron Roberts, Jazz Strachan, Lana Grace Ward, Carly Street, Lillian Price, Logan Plymal, Macie Minor, Mhari Reid, Kylie Reid, Emma Bishop and Abby Fannin, as well as veterans Zaiah Gray, Emma Kennedy and Emmersyn-Grace Hardy.

The "Amazing" crew includes music director Alissa Michelle King, production designer David D. Hyde Jr., choreographer Jessica Flagg, costume designer Alethea Skeen, makeup and hair designer Savannah Stone, property mistress Lindsay Marshall, assistant property mistress Elizabeth Burns, stage manager Meaghan Gray, assistant stage managers Kaylie Crain and Victoria Burnette, sound manager John Neal, production intern Nick Thompson and dance captain Camille Gray.

The show will open with a gala event, tickets for which are $15. Tickets for the remainder of performances are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Gold Circle premium seating is available by calling (423) 383-5979.

For tickets or more information, call the Paramount box office at (423) 274-8920 or visit www.theparamountcenter.com.

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