FCHS set to show off 'amazing' musical

Special to The State Journal Published:

"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, will be presented by Franklin County High School March 9-11 at 7:30 p.m. in the school's auditorium.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. Senior passports will be honored. The musical is directed by Sally Jump with musical direction by Raye Hurley and choreography by Susie Smith and Jump. Junior Patrick Jump designed the set and lighting, and Jessica Johnston is stage manager.

The musical uses narrators to tell the biblical story of Jacob and his sons. Rachel Dickerson, Kelly Rogers and Sarah Smalley will narrate for FCHS. The production uses the concept of a Greek Chorus telling a story.

All the other members of the cast form the chorus, and they step into character roles to tell the story.

Jamie Sturm will portray Joseph, the favorite son of Jacob, who is played by Sam Kessler. Joseph is not like his brothers, often interpreting dreams and believing that he is probably headed for a higher calling than they.

Not realizing the danger, Jacob wants the world to know that Joseph is his favorite, so he gives his son a dazzling coat of many colors.

This humiliates and angers the remaining 11 sons, played by Derek Hughes, Thomas Baker, Patrick Jump, Josh Wright, Wesley Harrod, William Stroupe, Jesse Kemper, David Morris, Jonathan Jones, Matt Miller and Trevor Perry.

Jealous of Jacob's affection for his favorite son, the other brothers plot to kill Joseph. When Reuben objects, they change their plan to leave him in the desert to die, but instead sell him into slavery in Egypt.

Joseph is bought by a captain named Potifar, played by Stroupe. Potifar is a wealthy man, but his wife, portrayed by Fatima Djalo, is unfaithful to him and he realizes that money cannot buy him happiness.

Potifar mistakenly thinks Joseph is interested in his wife, and has him thrown into jail.

While in prison, Joseph interprets dreams for Pharaoh's baker (Wright) and butler (Jones). Once restored to service, the butler suggests that Pharaoh (also played by Kessler) tell his troublesome dreams to Joseph.

Predicting 7 years of plenty followed by 7 years of famine, Joseph helps prepare Egypt for rationing and survival, eventually being elevated to Pharaoh's second in command. Suffering from the famine, Jacob's other sons travel to Egypt hoping to find favor with Pharaoh.

Appearing instead before Joseph (whom they fail to recognize) they plead for assistance. Joseph agrees to help them, but plants a golden cup in Benjamin's sack, and accuses the youth of theft. The 10 brothers plead for mercy, offering to trade places with Benjamin.

Deciding that his brothers are sincere and honest at last, Joseph reveals his identity and reunites the family.

Also appearing in the cast are the wives: Rachel Sholar, Rebecca Franke, Elizabeth Harris, Steffi Meyer, Nele Achterberg, Brittany Longmire, Bethany Carlson, Erin Overstreet and Heather Brown and the chorus: Lauren Maenza, Elinor Blankenship, Rachel Arrastia and Mary Davis.

Students in the orchestra are Zack Hubbard, Katy Cox, Chelsea Garrison, Molly Costigan, Jill Owen, Robert Barnes and Sean May. They will be joined by Hollis Rosenstein and Sara Garner of Bluegrass Theatre Guild.

Johnston is assisted backstage by Monica Gaines. David Columbia is serving as sound engineer and Stephen Casey and David Hughes are on the lighting committee.

Members of the stage crew are Jessica Casebier, Kaytlin Pinson, Stacy Vincent and Aimee Hembree. Others who have worked on the crew are Erin Atha, Maggie Howell, Katlyn Comley and Brianna Dusenberry and Tyler Guyn.

"This rock opera offers our students an opportunity to gain stage experience while performing exciting music from a variety of styles. The score moves from one song to another with little time in between, making it a delightful offering for our audiences," commented Hurley, who also serves as choral director for FCHS.

"Many parents have worked behind the scenes on everything from banners to sets to costumes, to programs and ad sales. Others will be working during rehearsals and performances by providing security and food and selling tickets and helping with make-up," Hurley added. "We could not have such ambitious productions without their assistance."

Tickets will be available at the door before each performance.

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