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Geyer Performing Arts Center to present 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat'

| Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 12:41 a.m.
Marilyn Forbes | for the Daily Courier
Kate Nedrow (left) of Dunbar, Luke Diamond of Smithfield and Bethany Coldren of Connellsville, cast members of the upcoming production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,' rehearse.

More than 50 cast members will take the stage soon at the Geyer Performing Arts Center in Scottdale to bring “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” to life.

The unusual thing about this production, though, is that it will be running two consecutive weekends.

Brad Geyer, GPAC board of directors president, said this is the first time they've tried putting on the same show two weekends in a row in a very long time.

“As our audiences are growing, now is really a good opportunity to do this,” he said. “‘Joseph's' an amazing show, and this certainly lends itself the opportunity for more people to come and see the show.”

Director Tracy Kelley thinks the cast is excited about doing two weekends of the show.

“It's a lot of work, and by the end of the second week, we'll all probably be done in, but I think it will be fun,” she said.

Kelley said she tries to direct a show every summer. This year, she gave the board a few different shows she would like to direct.

“This is the show they picked, and it's my absolute favorite show, so I'm excited about it,” she said.

The production is a musical spin on the Bible story of Joseph and his multicolored coat.

“From the start of the show to the end of the show, there's constant singing,” Kelley said. “I think there are some big show-stopping numbers and some really cool slower numbers.”

The group has been practicing since mid-June, but several cast members are very familiar with “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” since they performed in it at Connellsville Area High School earlier this year.

Kelley said the challenge right now is just getting the set arranged the way she wants and being able to use it the way she's envisioned.

“We've only been able to practice on the stage for about two weeks,” she said, adding that they learned their dances in another building up the street.

Also, Kelley said she is very excited they will be doing lighting for the show with all LED lights, which is different from other shows this year at the theater.

“Everything's coming together really well,” she said.

Show dates are Aug. 1 to 4 and Aug. 8 to 11. Times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The theater is at 111 Pittsburgh St.

Tickets are $12 and can be purchased in advance by visiting the theater's website at www.geyerpac.com, by stopping in the theater during the day or by calling the theater at 724-887-0887.

There is a “dinner-and-a-show” option; the theater teams with Miss Martha's Tea Room, just up the street. For more information, call the theater or the tea room at 724-887-6574.

Rachel Basinger is a contributing writer.

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