Sarah Butts, longtime director at Venture Theatre, has returned to the theater to bring “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” to the stage for the holidays.
It opens Friday night and runs through Dec. 22. Along with Butts, other stage veterans are returning to Venture to produce this epic biblical story, which features a score by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Tim Rice. Venture’s producing director Robert Woods directed the show 20 years ago at Billings Studio Theatre, using a circus setting.
Butts opted to renew the circus theme for this show, and the story is told through the eyes of a child working under the Big Top of the circus.
Pam Havig, who played Mrs. Lovett in last year’s “Sweeney Todd,” returns as the narrator and Travis Kuehn, who played Tommy last month in the musical “Tommy,” takes on the title role here as well.
Joseph is a handsome young man who is his father’s favorite child. He has a special skill — his ability to interpret dreams — and is the bearer of an amazing coat.
This brings jealousy into the scenario, with Joseph’s 11 brothers so envious they sell Joseph into slavery to get rid of him. The sale is made to some passing Ishmaelites. When Joseph refuses the advances of his owner’s wife, he is set to jail.
The Pharaoh eventually hears about Joseph’s special talent to interpret dreams and he appoints him to the post of the No. 2 man in Egypt. Years later, Joseph’s brothers are starving in Egypt. They go to Joseph, whom they don’t recognize, looking for assistance. Joseph gives his brothers a scare, but eventually grants them all they desire, revealing his identity and reuniting the family.