Stage Coach brings ‘Joseph’ to the Egyptian
Stage Coach Players will stage “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” for one weekend only at the historic Egyptian Theatre in DeKalb. The show, which opens today, tells the Biblical story of a boy blessed with prophetic dreams, his jealous brothers, Egypt’s Pharaoh, famine, forgiveness and reconciliation.
Director Jan Kuntz, who directed the musical 12 years ago at the Egyptian for Stage Coach, talks about the challenges of staging an event at this wonderful venue.
“One of the major issues centers around huge set pieces including a 20-foot Pharaoh,” she said in a news release. “Many pieces will be ‘flown in’ on cables (allowing for quicker set changes) so they need to be reinforced and you have to make sure they settle where you want them to.”
Set construction takes place at the Stage Coach Theater on South Fifth Street. The set then needs to be moved from the basement of that building into the Egyptian without damage.
“Making sure that we can take the pieces apart to fit out our doors and into the Egyptian is quite a challenge. I have had quite a team working in the basement of the Stage Coach Theater measuring, planning and painting,” Kuntz said in the release.
Another challenge is the need to work around the production of “Cinderella,” which was at the Egyptian last week.
“Alex Nerad at the Egyptian Theatre was kind enough to allow us into the theater a little early, but we have to make sure we don’t interfere with ‘Cinderella.’”
Kuntz is excited about bringing this production back to the Egyptian. The new digital sound system and updated lighting should make for an especially exciting show. The theater also has an orchestra pit, which is an added bonus.
“This is a whole new show – not a reprisal. We have new choreography, costumes, and scene changes in addition to many new cast members,” Kuntz said. “Our brothers are some of the best musicians in the area, and their performances will absolutely thrill the audience. Commonalities between this production and the one of 12 years ago are myself and Judy O’Connor, my music director, and Barb McCaskey, who returns as one of the narrators.”
“There will be some surprises as well. There are some things that I could not make happen 12 years ago that I’m able to implement this year. I’m really excited!” she said.
The main cast of characters includes Jason Williams (Joseph), Jacob Austin (Pharaoh), Don Austin (Jacob), Lawrence Nepodahl (Potiphar), Paula Tsigalis (Mrs. Potiphar), Todd Toles (Baker), Greg Anderson (Butler), Frank Judd (Reuben), Rudy Espiritu (Simeon), Mike Scorzo (Levi), Ryan Morton (Napthali). Members of the Huntley and Clinton Rosette middle school choirs, under the direction of Kim Moorman and Lisa Maxfield, comprise the Children’s Choir.
Show times are 7:30 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Egyptian Theatre is located at 135 N. Second St. in DeKalb. Tickets can be purchased online at www.stagecoachers.com or at www.egyptiantheatre.org.
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