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Alpharetta's ACT1 Theater presents ‘Jospeh and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’
by Nicole Dow
July 16, 2014 02:38 PM | 1960 views | 1 1 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Actors Savannah Cookson, Mike Glatzer, Briana Del-Negro and Ty Autrey practice one of their numbers during rehearsal last Thursday evening.
Actors Savannah Cookson, Mike Glatzer, Briana Del-Negro and Ty Autrey practice one of their numbers during rehearsal last Thursday evening.
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ACT1 Theater in Alpharetta will come alive with music and color this weekend with the premiere of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

The musical, created by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, will run Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 10.

“This is the [biblical] story of Jacob and his sons who eventually form the tribes of Israel,” said Director Melody Cookson. “In particular, it centers around the tale of Joseph’s coat and his brothers’ jealousy of his relationship with his father and the brothers selling Joseph into slavery in Egypt.”

Despite the hardship, Joseph ends up prevailing and eventually saving his family and others who lived outside Egypt, she said.

“It’s kind of a parable that things end up working out the way that they’re supposed to, and we all have a purpose,” Cookson said. “We really wanted to push ourselves and put on something that would be recognizable and well -loved and remake a name for ACT1 in the community and bring the community into the theater.”

Though the story contains an important message, the show will be full of entertainment.

“It’s performed entirely musically,” Cookson said. “It’s a collection of songs and the songs all have different styles.”

Musical styles include country-western, disco, calypso, pop, rock and roll and more.

The cast of 22 has been rehearsing since early May, Cookson said. The theater held auditions in late April.

The lead role of Joseph will be played by Bobby Cookson. Other major roles include Pharaoh, played by John Coombs, and the narrator, played by Kim Wacker.

Ms. Cookson said the crew for the show is just as large as the cast. Leading the crew are Stage Manager Jennifer Hartshorn, Musical Director Holly Quigley and Choreographer Megan Wartell.

Ms. Cookson said the technical aspects of the production have been amped up.

“We’ve poured a lot into this on every level,” she said. “We have updated lighting. We have upgraded sound. We have installed a special flat-track system that allows us to have three different scenes on the stage at one time. We’re a tiny theater, and it has really expanded our capacity for having visual scenes, especially when you have an ensemble cast this large.”

Cookson said the crew makes maximum use of backdrops because the large cast causes them to be fairly minimalistic with set pieces.

Information: (770) 663-8989 or www.act1theater.com

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July 22, 2014
I saw ACT1 Theater's production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat last weekend. It was phenomenal. I don't mean to exaggerate, but it was really good. This was community theater with all the energy, dance, voices, staging, props, and joy that the show commands.

The leads have strong voices and the ensemble is outstanding. The choreography is complex and well done. The costumes are complex and layered. The show has introduced some new features to help interpret the message of Joseph that work well. No spoilers, just come and enjoy.

In the performance I saw, the audience laughed heartily, learned a classic lesson, and enjoyed a tremendous musical from a talented cast, crew, director, and theater.
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