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Maxinkuckee Players’ ‘Joseph’ marks group’s first operatta

July 22, 2013

Members of the cast of the Maxinkuckee Players’ 2013 production, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” take to the stage during rehearsals last week. Here, Zach West (center) and the cast sing “Any Dream Will Do.”

If you pass by the Culver Community High School this summer, you might hear mellifluous musical strains streaming from the auditorium as the Maxinkuckee Players and Singers prepare their summer adaptation of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

During an animated Thursday night rehearsal, The Citizen dropped by and spoke with two of the main performers. Zach West, who began acting at the age of four and is in his second summer performing with the Players and Singers, plays the role of Joseph. Kelly Overmyer, a thirteen-year stalwart of the Maxinkuckee Players and Singers, is the narrator. Both performers acknowledged that performing such a music-intensive operetta poses new challenges.

“We’ve never done an operetta before. In fact there’s only one line of spoken dialogue in the entire performance,” says Overmyer. West added that “Joseph”’s numerous choral arrangements and dance numbers requires additional diligence on the part of the performers during rehearsal.

Overmyer and West also noted that “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” has something to offer for nearly all audiences.

“There’s a wide variety of music in this production, such as calypso and vaudeville. With our adaptation, we’ve taken artistic license to go in a number of directions in terms of musical genres,” says Overmyer, who also serves as Director of Music for the operetta.

“There’s something about ‘Joseph’ that every age group can relate to,” says West. “People can relate to betrayal and forgiveness, as well as learning to love again. We expect that certain scenes will hit people in a poignant way.”

It appears that we can expect an enjoyable spectacle once the Players and Singers put the finishing touches on this rendition.

Performance dates include: Fri. July 26, 7:30 p.m.; Sun. July 28, 4:00 p.m.; Wed. July 31, 7:30 p.m.; Fri. August 2, 7:30 p.m.; Sat. August 3, 7:30 p.m.; Sun. August 4, 4:00 p.m.

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