The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

July 12, 2013

Colorful musical on tap

The Daily Item

SUNBURY — RiverStage Community Theatre will present the hit musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” July 19-21 at Shikellamy High School in Sunbury. 

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” by Andrew Lloyd Webber is the energizing musical story of the dreamer Joseph and his coat of many colors. When Joseph, a boy blessed with the ability to interpret dreams, is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, he endures a series of adventures in Egypt that challenge his faith in humanity. 

Filled with recognizable tunes in a wide range of musical styles from country-western to rock ‘n’ roll (“Any Dream Will Do,” “One More Angel in Heaven”, “Go Go Go Joseph”), this Biblical tale has delighted audiences worldwide since its London premiere in 1973. 

This production of Joseph features a large cast of 45 singers ranging in age from 8 to 58 from all across the Susquehanna Valley who have appeared in productions with RiverStage, Valley Players, Calvary Theatre Group, Community Theatre League, Susquehanna University, Kutztown University, Shippensburg Univerisity, and high schools including Lewisburg, Shikellamy, Milton, Mount Carmel and Danville.

“One of the most exciting things about the show,” said director Ellen Boyer, “is that we have many young people involved who have been the stars of their own schools’ productions but are performing together for the first time.  When you combine them with our veteran community theater performers, this truly is a unique, all-star cast.  You won’t want to miss it.”

Boyer is director of theater arts and forensics at Shikellamy High School and the recent recipient of the Sunbury Rotary Club’s 2013 Citizen of the Year award for her many contributions to the arts and education.

The show’s musical directors are Connie Pawling-Young and Marina Gresh, and the cast is led by Shikellamy High School alumnus Victor Gowl in the role of Joseph with Daniel Brehm of Northumberland as Jacob and a trio of narrators played by Shelby Snyder of Sunbury, Jennifer Wakeman of Lewisburg and Marina Gresh of Danville. 

Other featured players in the show include Kurt Umholtz as Pharoah, Brad Wakeman as Potiphar and Roger Nunkester as Pharoah’s Guard, with Joseph’s brothers portrayed by Tim Vasey, Jove Graham, Callum Gasteiger, Maurice Daly, Bruce Chesson, Tyrell Noll, Roger Manzano, Tim Hippensteel, Matthew Tiramani, Jessep Caravella, Daniel Delgado and Parker Scott.  Jacob’s wives and children are played by Samantha Yuschock, Emily Engle, Aleaha Jones, Sarah Bell, Brandy Vasey, Reba Rohrer, Natalie Schoch, Krysta Maida, Alexandra Scott, Duncan Ty Bender, Annie Elliott, Taija Figard, Aliyah Heintzelman, Lexi Markunas, Gabby Markunas, Ava Markunas, Emma Morgan, Connor Morgan, Koy Seesholtz, Addison Sharrow, Taylor Sweeney, Samantha Wakeman, Rachel Wakeman, Alexis Wary and Camden Hare.

RiverStage Community Theatre, formerly known as the Milton Area Community Theatre, was founded in 2003 as a nonprofit group of actors, directors, musicians and artists committed to bringing top-notch theater to the Greater Susquehanna Valley.  In 2013-14, it will produce its eleventh season including two dramatic works (A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters,” Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons”), and Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical “Gypsy,” with performances throughout Milton, Bloomsburg, Lewisburg and Shamokin. 

This show is produced by RiverStage in association with the Shikellamy High School Drama Department.