Arlington Residents Cast in NCP’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Try as they might, siblings don’t always get along. When they’re young, they might fight over a toy. As they get older, they might be jealous of a sibling they think a parent is favoring. That’s exactly what happened with Joseph and his 11 brothers, the other sons of Jacob. Only they weren’t arguing over a toy, but rather a coat of many colors. So begins Newton Country Players’ upcoming production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which features three performers from Arlington.
Brian Lavelle and Michael Trabucco, both of Arlington, play two of Joseph’s brothers. Lavelle plays Dan, Jacob’s seventh son; Trabucco plays Judah, Jacob’s fourth son. Fellow Arlington resident Susan Rubin is one of the featured dancers and members of the women’s ensemble. All three join the cast in singing and dancing to the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice songs “Any Dream Will Do,” “Close Every Door,” and “Go, Go, Go, Joseph.”
As for the rest of the cast, Doug Hodge of Hudson will put on the multi-colored coat and step into Joseph’s shoes. Narrators Lisa Huntington of Hopkinton, Cathy Merlo of Wellesley, and Kadie Greenfield of Dover will not only tell this Biblical-based story to the audience in three-part harmony, but will serve as Joseph’s guides as he goes from Canaan to Egypt. Paul Chamberlin of Marlborough, who is joined in the cast by his real-life children Julia and Lauren, plays both Jacob and Potiphar; Dance Captain Laurie Fisher of Jamaica Plain plays Potiphar’s Wife; and Dale Winkler of Milford plays Pharoah and one of Joseph’s brothers. Other brothers are played by Forest Franzose, a student at Northeastern University in Boston; Joseph Duda of Holliston; Jim Kopycinski of Framingham; Chris Lahey of Woburn; Brent Leibowitz of Hopkinton; Jeremy White of Needham; David Wright of Watertown, and Larry Solomon of Reading, who is joined on the stage by his daughter Ilana. Matt Gelman of Brighton rounds out the men’s ensemble.
In addition to the children mentioned above, Ilana Solomon and sisters Julia and Lauren Chamberlain, the children’s chorus includes Elena Carmichael of Natick; Lauren Fitzpatrick and Gabriel Stern, both of Newton; Thomas Hillmer, Ava Keresztes, and Kaitlin Kolb, all of Wellesley; siblings Francine and Ronan Tennis of Needham; and David Gordon of Northboro. His mother, Sally Gould, who is playing one of the wives in the production, joins David in the cast. The other members of the women’s ensemble are Lucy Aiken of Newton; Michele Davis of Milford; Rebecca Davis of Brookline; Kelly Aldrich of Hopedale; Sharon Kivnik and Julie Wiseman, both of Framingham; Colleen Locke of Ashland; and Nicole O'Keeffe of Cambridge.
The creative team includes director and choreographer Michelle Leibowitz of Hopkinton and musical director Karen Winkler of Milford.
Groups of 10 or more can save $2 off the regular rates; groups of 20 or more will pay $15 a ticket. Call 617.244.9538 or email email@example.com to make arrangements. (Tickets for adults are $20 and tickets for students and seniors are $18; MassBay Community College students with a student ID get in for free.) The performances will take place March 9-10 and March 16-18. The March 18performance is at 2 p.m.; all other performances are at 8 p.m. All performances will take place at MassBay Community College in Wellesley Hills, MA.
Donations for the Newton Food Bank will be collected at all of the performances.