Brad Westergaard takes on the leading roles of Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre's 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.' He is displaying one of Joseph's coats. Performances are on July 26-28 and Aug. 1-4. Tickets are on sale now at Rechek's Food Pride in Beaver Dam. For more information, visit www. bdact.org or see accompanying article.
The Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre will be staging the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." Show director Ryan Madala-Klug stated, "I'm excited to visit Canaan with this wonderfully theatric and talented family. We really are crafting our own unique production, full of nuance and an un-believable amount of energy."
"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" is a fun, family-friendly show with a fascinating storyline, universal themes and an eclectic mix of music such as country-western, calypso, bubble-gum pop and old-time rock n' roll. The original Broadway production enjoyed 794 performances. Since then, there have been many revivals, a movie, and many tours with stars such as David Cassidy, Michael Damian, and Donny Osmond.
Jacob is the father of 12 sons. However, his favorite is Joseph, a handsome and prideful young man with a gift for interpreting dreams. Jacob gives Joseph a spectacular colored coat, which is the final straw that makes his jealous brothers conspire to murder but later sell Joseph into slavery. Joseph is taken to Egypt where he endures a series of adventures and trials in which his faith and courage are challenged. Eventually Joseph's ability to interpret dreams elevates him from serving an unjust prison sentence to leading Egypt as Pharaoh's second in command. Joseph's brothers, having suffered greatly during a long famine, unknowingly find themselves groveling at the feet of the long-lost brother they no longer recognize. Joseph finds himself in a position to either punish his brothers or reconcile past transgressions. The show closes with an energetic final musical number that will leave audiences cheering.
Brad Westergaard has the leading role of Joseph in this production. Brad is currently the worship coordinator at Grace Presbyterian Church in Beaver Dam. He attended UW-Madison and was a member of the elite international touring mens a cappela group "The MadHatters."
Amanda Mai has the female leading role of Narrator. She is attending Minnesota State University-Mankato as a theatre major. The Narrator guides a cast of 25 children and the audience through the story of Joseph and his brothers through song.
Lois Levenhagen is creating several extravagant multi-colored coats for the production. Lois is best known for her work with the UW-Madison Marching Band sewing uniforms and creating the famous outfits worn by band director Mike Leckrone at their annual spring concerts at the Kohl Center. The last UW-Band concert featured one of Lois' "Joseph" coats during a medley from "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."
To help show off the coat and the over 70 cast members on stage, Sharp Edge Lighting Design has been brought in to develop a special light show. Show director Ryan Madala-Klug hopes the added lights and effects will leave audiences dazzled by the spectacle.
Performances are on July 26, 27, Aug. 1, 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m.; and July 28 and Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at Rechek's Food Pride in Beaver Dam, call 887-7675. All shows will be held at the Beaver Dam High School Auditorium, 500 Gould St.
For more information, visit www.bdact.org