Northwestern Fine Arts Department to Present Musical ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’

March 14, 2019

Kimberly Weast rehearses with members of the cast for “Joseph the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Performances will be April 11-12 at 7 p.m. and April 13 at 2 p.m. in Herod Hall Auditorium on the Northwestern-Alva campus.

Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Fine Arts Department will present the musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” April 11-12 at 7 p.m. and April 13 at 2 p.m. in Herod Hall Auditorium on the Alva campus.

Tickets are available to purchase in advance or at the door for $15 general admission, $12 for Northwestern employees and $10 for students. To purchase tickets contact the director of the musical Kimberly Weast, professor of theatre arts and Department of Fine Arts chair, at (580) 327-8462 or finearts@nwosu.edu.

Karsten Longhurst, instructor of music and director of choral studies, is serving as the musical director for the show, and Erin Davis, university relations specialist, is serving as the choreographer.

The musical is based on the story of Joseph from the Bible’s Book of Genesis. According to The Musical Company website the following is part of the show’s synopsis:

“Told entirely through song with the help of a main character Narratorthe musical follows preferred son Joseph. After being sold into slavery by his brothers, he ingratiates himself with Egyptian noble Potiphar, but ends up in jail after refusing the amorous advances of Potiphar’s wife. While imprisoned, Joseph discovers his ability to interpret dreams, and he soon finds himself in front of the mighty but troubled, Elvis-inspired, Pharaoh. Joseph’s solution to Egypt’s famine elevates him to Pharaoh’s right-hand man and reunites him with his family.”

“The whole story is a lot of fun,” Longhurst said. “A lot of pop music and a lot of character, but it’s a very serious premise of forgiveness.”

Cast members in the production, their hometowns, classifications and majors include Dr. Richmond Adams, assistant professor of English; Angie Aguilera, Woodward sophomore, vocal music education major; Daxton Alcorn, Enid freshman, mass communication major; Joseph Bowden, Kiowa, Kansas, freshman, vocal performance major; Condry Carnott, El Reno freshman, criminal justice major; Mikayla Carpenter, Chicago, Illinois, sophomore, vocal music performance major; Chris Chauncey, Cordell freshman, mathematics major; Davis; Michael Day, Okeene sophomore, vocal music education major; Sydney Endsley, Ringwood freshman, speech/theatre major; Rylee Johnson, Amarillo, Texas, freshman, speech/theatre major; Mickey Jordan, Iowa Park, Texas, American Studies graduate student; Habib Kamara, McKinney, Texas, junior, chemistry major; Jake Lee, Ponca City freshman, business administration major; Erin Lehr, Northwestern alumna from Fresno, California; Erick Livingston, Laverne freshman, mass communication major; Hunter McEachern, Weatherford freshman, music education major; Diego Mendoza, Hooker freshman, psychology major; Gentry Mortensen, Woodward sophomore, music education major; Chloe Nutley, Elk City junior, mathematics major; Colton Reed, Sweetwater sophomore, mathematics major; Laura Kay Reed, Sweetwater junior, elementary education major; Dakota Retherford, Cushing freshman, vocal music education major; Maleah Schmitz, Wichita, Kansas, freshman, speech/theatre major and Michelle Willson, Conway Springs, Kansas, sophomore, mass communication major.

“I’m so excited about the progress we are making in our rehearsals,” Weast said. “We have a group of very dedicated performers who are giving their all at every practice. They are going to present a great evening of theatre.”

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