MTC debuts "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"

December 13, 2001|By STEFANIE GREENBERG, Staff Writer

In its first day of dress rehearsal, an excited fervor surrounds the cast and crew of the Mostly Theatre Company's production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."

Preparing for the run-through of the performance, some cast members walk around in sandals, robes and turbans. While another is adorned with a gold headpiece and sequins.

Soundchecks begin and the children's chorus patiently waits for its chance to make its debut in the show.

"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," a musical with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, retells the story of Joseph from the book of Genesis.

Son of Jacob and Rachel and the favorite of 12 sons, Joseph is blessed with an ability to interpret dreams. He is resented for his ability and for the beautiful dreamcoat given to him by his father. Sold into slavery by his brothers, Joseph eventually finds himself in Egypt working alongside the pharaoh.


Jose Barraza, 22, plays Zebulum, one of Joseph's brothers. He said he is excited about the start of the performances.

"I'm kind of nervous but I know I'm ready," he said.

"I know it's going to be fun."

Rickey Johnson, the star of the show, is making his acting debut. While an acting novice, Johnson commands the attention of the audience with his voice. During soundchecks even the youngest of the children sat mesmerized by a single verse of one of his songs.

Johnson performed at a talent show in June at which he was first told about the musical. After waiting a few months for the audition, he said he was on "pins and needles" until he was told he had the part.

Sponsoring the show are the Imperial Irrigation District, Imperial Valley Press, Clark Baker Music, Modern Paint & Body, Rio-Tel Wireless and Desert Security Service.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 and 22 at the Old Post Office Pavilion in El Centro. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

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