The "Big Musical" Comes to Mountain Playhouse

Celebrating 75 years of professional theatre in Central PA, the Mountain Playhouse presents &quot;Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat&quot;.<br /><br /><br />
JENNERSTOWN, SOMERSET COUNTY -- This “big musical” with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber runs at the Mountain Playhouse with shows at 7 pm Tuesday and Wednesday; 8 pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and matinees Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 3 pm, through July 20.

Joseph is a popular, well-known musical to most, but Mountain Playhouse director Chan Harris says he is giving the traditional coat some creative new alterations, while still staying true to Webber’s intentions. According to Harris, the timeless Biblical story of Joseph, the favorite son in the land of Canaan who is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and ends up in the court of the Egyptian Pharaoh, will remain the same, but the way it is presented will be different and “much more interesting.”

“We are starting with a clean slate,” Harris said. “I have this group of extremely talented and creative people, with whom we are working on a collaborate effort to produce a really creative and cool show. The actors are also musicians, so we are re-working the music to allow them to play various instruments throughout the performance. It doesn’t matter if you have seen Joseph before, this is going to be a completely different experience. It is going to be amazing.”

Producer Teresa Stoughton Marafino said this musical is the type of production for which the Mountain Playhouse audience has been waiting. “Our audience has always responded to and enjoyed past musicals at the Mountain Playhouse like Suds, Forever Plaid, The Taffetas. The first production of this season, The Marvelous Wonderettes was very well received” Marafino said. “With a cast of 24 members, Joseph marks the return of a cast that fills the stage. Completely!”
The cast of Joseph was carefully chosen by the Mountain Playhouse production team through auditions in New York and Pittsburgh. In addition, nine children were chosen to sing in the show through local auditions.

“I am thrilled that we have such a talented group of kids,” Harris said. “They are ‘real’ singers. I am very excited at how well they are doing in rehearsals.”

The featured roles of Joseph and the Narrator are played by Christopher Bolen and Megan Osterhaus, respectively, and have an interesting story of their own. Bolen and Osterhaus are married and traveled to Jennerstown with their 11-month old son in tow. This is their first Mountain Playhouse engagement and the couple say they are excited to be performing together in Joseph.

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