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'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' to be Performed at UWFox in April

Erick Gyrion

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s family classic musical, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” colorfully retells the biblical story about dreamboat Joseph, his uncanny abilities and his designer coat.  This exciting and ambitious theatrical performance is coming to the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, with show dates set for April 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24 at 7 p.m. A matinee is scheduled for April 17 at 2 p.m.  All shows are in the James W. Perry Hall within the new Communication Arts Center (CAC) at UWFox.

The score by Rice and Weber is wall-to-wall hits, including Close Every Door and Any Dream Will Do.

Directed by Erick Gyrion, UWFox Director of Technical Theatre, the cast is a blend of UWFox students and community members. Joseph is played by Luke Zaccaro, Appleton, director of choirs for Kimberly High School. Amanda Petersen-Fails, Menasha, is the musical’s narrator. She is a graduate of UW-Stevens Point. Jacob is played by Jim Romenesko, Appleton, director of theatre for the ACES- Xavier. In fact, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is Romenesko’s first direction credit, having directed it at UWFox several years ago.

The spectacular set has been under construction for over a year. It needed to be moved to the Communication Arts Center on the UWFox campus upon its completion last September. Gyrion explained, “We constructed the majority of the set off site and brought it over to the CAC when we obtained occupancy. It’s one of the largest sets the UWFox stage has yet to see.”

Gyrion’s responsibilities extend far beyond the director’s chair. “I am also the lighting and scenic designer, scenic artist, and choreographer. I had a clear vision of what I wanted the show to look like and was thrilled when Susan (Rabideau, UWFox theatre director and associate professor of theatre and communication arts) asked me to take it on. My goal is to make a production of Joseph like no other, and I strongly believe we have accomplished that.”

Tickets are $12 for adults, $9 for seniors and students, and $5 for UWFox students. To purchase tickets, go online to https://foxtickets.uwc.edu or call the box office at (920) 832-2646.

Posted 10/16/2009