Joseph and the Narrator: Here are Laura Hanson (Narrator) and Christopher Harney (Joseph) Submitted photo
Joseph and the Narrator: Here are Laura Hanson (Narrator) and Christopher Harney (Joseph) Submitted photo

Submitted by Lori Peterson & Gary Lukes, Spring Valley Stagehands

SPRING VALLEY, WI –The Spring Valley Stagehands theatre season launches with the musical classic “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Final touches are being made before this energetic production hits the stage on March 23, 2017.

Directed by Stagehands veterans Ann Turner and Gary Lukes, this show promises to be filled with vibrant colors and nonstop dancing and singing at a fast pace that will leave you wanting more. “Joseph” is Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s whimsical interpretation of the Genesis Bible story involving Jacob and his sons.

Seems Jacob had a favorite son, Joseph. Jacob fawns over Joseph so much that the remaining brothers begin to resent and envy Jacob’s favorite son. The brothers plot to get Joseph out of their lives by selling him off to be a slave in Egypt.

While there, Joseph manages to elevate himself to the second most powerful man in Egypt. There is ultimately a wondrous reunion among Joseph, his father Jacob and his brothers in the end, but not before Joseph has some payback in store for his brothers. The joyous ending provides redemption for Joseph and his brothers as well.

The bookends for telling the story of Joseph are Joseph and the Narrator. Joseph is played by Christopher Harney, last seen on the Stagehands stage in the summer 2016 production of West Side Story. The Narrator mantle is assumed by Laura Hanson, a gifted veteran to the Stagehands theatre and most recently seen as Anita in West Side Story.

Both characters tell the story from their own unique perspectives: Joseph from the inside looking out and the Narrator from the outside looking in. The Narrator keeps all of us in the loop of the story through her narrative and musical skills. These two immense talents and their portrayals, along with the rest of the energetic cast, will leave you in awe from start to finish.

This is a perfect show to shake one out of the winter doldrums! Performance dates are March 23, 24, 25, 28, 31 and April 7 at 7pm; with matinee dates on March 26 and April 2 at 2pm. All performances will be held at the Spring Valley Theatre. Tickets can be reserved online at svstagehands.org Join the Stagehands family for the rollicking musical adventure “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat!”