Playhouse in the Park is celebrating its 40th season in 2018 and starting the season off with the irresistible family musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. A truly timeless Old Testament tale about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. It’s a glorious reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, his eleven brothers, and the coat of many colors.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is set to a multitude of musical genres, spanning from country-western and calypso, to bubble-gum pop and rock and roll. The story is mostly told through singing and dancing.
It’s also the show that first brought Lisa Cope, Executive Director at Playhouse in the Park to this theatre way back in 2003! “This is a show that everyone will enjoy!” Cope told me. “Bring your kids and bring your grandma. It’s a show that just makes you feel good and can’t we all use a little of that in our lives!”
2018 is the beginning of Cope’s tenth season with Playhouse. Contractually, she directs three shows per season., but she also directs some of the additional shows they do, such as dinner theatre and productions for the after-school groups. Playhouse also has a senior citizens troupe, The Old Duffers & Powder Puffers, and she directs skits and one-act plays for them.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat will run February 1 - February 11 and is directed by Cope. Curtain times are 7 pm for evening performances and 2:30 pm for Sunday matinees.
Individual Tickets are just $11 for adults, $10 for seniors (ages 60 and up), $9 for students (ages 13 and older), and $8 for children (ages 12 and under). Additionally, a fee of $1.50 per ticket is assessed on online purchase and $1 per ticket is assessed on tickets purchased through the Playhouse in the Park box office by the online agent.
Visit http://www.playhousemurray.org/ for more information or to buy tickets.
Narrators: Sarah Cunningham and Kellie Wilferd; Joseph: Jake Hunter; Jacob: Roy Hensel; Potiphar: Brad Brauser; Pharaoh: Joshua Byrne; Baker: Carolyn Winchester; Butler: Mark Dycus; Brothers: Jamie Miller, Kasey Clear, Payton Pennington, Ian Ball, Jonathan Carter, Andrew Phillips, John McConnell, Matt Westerfield, Jordan Belcher, Dalton York, Zach Fiser; Wives: Melissa Collier (Potiphar’s Wife), Wendy Westerfield, Serenity Dunn, Laurel Johnston, Caitlyn Wilkins, Tori Bertram, Tessa Northcutt, Savannah Richey, Julia Castiello, Karly Jones, Lauren Montgomery, Valerie Ernstberger; Children: Jayce Curtis, Anna Collier, Cora McConnell, Lynsi Wilkins, Riley Morris, Payton Dawson, Olivia Smee, Isaiah Alverio, Sarah Gardner, Wilson Westerfield, Mollie Westerfield, Nina Natividad, Jackson Bell, Kylee Carter, Amberlyn Hall, Elizabeth Lanier; Dance Troupe: Dori Chambers, Heidi Wooldridge, April McKeel, Bianca Alverio
The Murray-Calloway County Community theatre was founded January 1977, and in May of the same year, the theatre incorporated as a nonprofit organization and elected its first Board of Directors. The Board immediately began looking for a permanent home. They inquired about the old Murray Freight Depot—an unused, dilapidated building owned by the Louisville and Nashville Railroad. This began a 2 ½ year cooperative effort on the part of city officials, county officials, and members of the theatre board to obtain the depot as a home for community theatre.
The depot was moved to its location in the Murray-Calloway County Park in the fall of 1979. In June 1980, the depot opened with “Wizard of Oz.” After three years of “wandering around town,” the Murray-Calloway County Theatre had a home—the Playhouse in the Park.
Since that time, the theatre has produced numerous performances in the depot and has continued expanding its educational services, sponsoring the Box of Frogs Youth Theatre Group, holding classes for the community, traveling to schools in the city and county, and hosting an annual Summer Theatre Camp.
Playhouse in the Park is one of the oldest continuously producing theatres in the country. For more information about how you can help in continuing the tradition of community theatre in Murray and Calloway County, contact Playhouse in the Park at email@example.com.