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Published 10/13/2003
"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" to Appear At Owens' Center for the Fine and Performing Arts

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat A colorful tale of biblical times and trials will serve as Owens Community College’s first-ever theatrical performance as the Center for Fine and Performing Arts hosts "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" from October 17 – November 8. The first production of the Broadway classic will occur at 8 p.m. on October 17.

Based on the Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors, the theatrical production is a vibrant modern look at a timeless story. With musical styles ranging from country-western to rock n’ roll, Joseph tells an incredible story, beginning with his prophetic dreams and brothers’ plan to sell him into slavery. Both funny and moving, the parable of Joseph truly comes to life in music, dance and outrageous Technicolor.

"Owens’ Center for Fine and Performing Arts is proud to open the inaugural production season with such a dynamic and nationally recognized show," said Dr. Brian Bethune, Owens Chair for Fine and Performing Arts. "‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ is an awe-inspiring musical, which showcases a variety of hit songs complemented by high energy and outstanding color."

The production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" will include over 90 individuals consisting of Owens students, professional artists and community members. Roles in the theatrical production will involve set design, lighting and sound, costume design, chorus and acting.

Serving as the choreographer for the show’s dance numbers is Ronald "Smokey" Stevens. The nationally renowned choreographer and performer has appeared in six Broadway musicals and three motion pictures. He also was a television guest on "The Bob Hope Special" and "The Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon".

Owens students involved in the production are Criss Sayre Jr. of Maumee as Joseph (Evergreen High School); Mark McDonald of Oregon as Jacob (Whitmer High School); Kevin Hall of Toledo as Ruben (Start High School); Clara Engel of Toledo as Leah (Home School); Shawanda Johnson of Toledo as Zilpah (Libbey High School); Candace Land of Northwood as Bilhah (Northwood High School); Tom Mahas of Millbury as Dan (Lake High School); John Sweney of Perrysburg as Levi (Perrysburg High School); John Kolasinski of Toledo as Issachar (Toledo Central Catholic High School); Jason Simpson of Bowling Green as Ascher/Baker (Warrensville Heights High School), Adriant Schiessel-Gardner of Toledo as Gad/Butler (Scott High School); Aaron Kozbial of Maumee as Simeon (Maumee High School), Scott Braithwaite of Maumee as Naphtali (Maumee High School); Daniel Slachta of Swanton as Judah (Swanton High School); Troy McCarthy of Toledo as Zebulun (Waite High School); Cassie Mock of Perrysburg as Young Dinah (Rossford High School); Laura Papp of Sylvania as Potiphar’s Wife (Southview High School); Alexis Metz of Toledo as Rachel (Rossford High School); Shauna Newbold of Toledo as Pharaoh’s Backup (Whitmer High School), and Lorrie Cherry of Toledo as Pharaoh’s Backup (Whitmer High School). Chorus members include Elizabeth Barry of Toledo (St. Ursula Academy), Sarah Jambor of Perrysburg (Perrysburg High School) and Becky Borgelt of Perrysburg (Perrysburg High School).

The show will run Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. from October 17 – November 8. For information regarding tickets to "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", contact the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts at 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. ARTS or (567) 661-2787.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 26 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 40,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.


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