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JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT

 

Cast

  • Joseph Cory Mecca/Drew Weiss
  • Narrator Lindsay Looloian/Maria Pfender
  • Pharaoh/ Gad Matthew Bookler
  • Jacob / Potiphar Randy Frame
  • Reuben Ryan Simme
  • Simeon Andrew McDermott
  • Judah Christopher Betzler
  • Levi Vince Vuono
  • Dan/Butler Glen Haber
  • Naphtali/Baker Sean Holleran
  • Asher Richard Steinhardt
  • Issachar Michael Radzwilla
  • Zebulun Troy Gartner
  • Benjamin John Apice
  • Mrs. Potiphar Isadora Lyons
  • Woman’s Ensemble Alison King
  • Woman’s Ensemble Sherri Carr
  • Woman’s Ensemble Allie Beik
  • Woman’s Ensemble Isadora Lyons
  • Woman’s Ensemble Shannon Stillmun
  • Woman’s Ensemble Betsy Oliphant Ross
  • Woman’s Ensemble Kimmy Faughey
  • Woman’s Ensemble Lacie Michaelson Fischley

Production Staff

  • DIrector Linda Galati Hunt
  • Music Director Lynn DellaPietra
  • Choreographer Katrina Brown
  • Producer Liz Brennan
  • Assistant to the Director John Cochrane, Jr.
  • Costume Designer Justin Cochrane
  • Stage Manager Mary Smith
  • Lighting Designer Brian Mahoney
  • Sound Designer Jim Miccolis
  • Set Designer/Builder Tom Weber
  • Set Painter Kathy Agostinelli
  • Props/Set Decoration Danielle Lachall
  • Photographer Brian Mahoney

November 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20 at 8 pm
November 7 & 14 at 3 pm

Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers, and the coat of many colors.

Told entirely through song with the help of a main character Narrator, the musical follows preferred son Joseph. After being sold into slavery by his brothers, he ingratiates himself with Egyptian noble Potiphar, but ends up in jail after refusing the amorous advances of Potiphar’s wife. While imprisoned, Joseph discovers his ability to interpret dreams, and he soon finds himself in front of the mighty but troubled, Pharaoh. Joseph’s solution to Egypt’s famine elevates him to Pharaoh’s right-hand man and reunites him with his family.

With music by Andrew Lloyd Weber and lyrics by Tim Rice, this magical musical is full of catchy songs in a variety of styles, ranging from a parody of French ballads (“Those Canaan Days”) and country-western (“One More Angel in Heaven”), to calypso (“Benjamin Calypso”) and the unforgettable classics “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door.”

One of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is appropriate for all audiences and groups.

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of The Really Useful Group. www.concordtheatricals.com

 

A Word from the Director:

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is the perfect show to welcome you back to NCT and live theater.  It’s a story of hopes and dreams, something we’ve all been experiencing a lot of over the last 18 months Not to mention it’s uplifting and lively, filled with laughs and invigorating music.  
 
Developing this piece was a truly collaborative effort and I’d be remiss to not give credit to those who added their time and skill.  Tom [set], Brian [lights], Jim [sound] and Kathy [set painting] are incredible craftsmen, each in their own right. Their combined work will bring you seamlessly to another time and place. Add to this the visual delight of the costumes painstakingly coordinated by Justin and assisted by Jodi. Stunning!  Liz [Producer] and NCT of course have supported this project from the start, which actually commenced in March of 2019!
 
How can I possibly thank Katie [Choreographer] for agreeing to add this huge project to her already full schedule?! Her enthusiasm and zeal are evident in each number she developed. And then there’s my paison, Lynn [Music Director] who suggested we do ‘Joseph’ and agreed to get off the couch to MD it! She manages music rehearsals so calmly and pleasantly and I absolutely loved being able to collaborate with her again. Ciao bella! 
 
Please give a very warm welcome to Mary [Stage Manager] since this is her first show at NCT. Suffice it to say she’s a gem.  Knowledgeable, pleasant and has willingly put up with me for the last few months while quietly handling this job with adroitness and a smile.  Thank you for being my right arm!
 
Then there’s John [Assistant to the Director] who has literally been at my side through this entire process.  I’m so very grateful for his wisdom, patience and valuable friendship. And as a team, he and Justin provided me with endless support and laughs just when I needed it most. Love you ‘hubbies’.
 
But really, the lion’s share of credit for the delightful show you’re about to see goes to this exceptional cast. I marveled at how quickly they learned, bonded and gelled into such a comfortable group. They each bring something very special and unique to the stage, developing a story that is fun, exuberant and enjoyable.  It’s been such a pleasure getting to know them and going from being relative strangers to developing that special closeness that happens in shows. They make me proud and  happy and I will always be grateful we got to share this dream. 
 
             -Linda Galati Hunt
 
 
 

MEET THE CAST:

 

John Apice (Benjamin) John is absolutely thrilled to back @ NCT, where he was last seen in the cast of Billy Elliot. John’s most recent roles include Prince Hans in Frozen, Ali Baba in Aladdin, Prince Eric in Little Mermaid, Zangler in Crazy for You, Tall Boy/Posh Boy in Billy Elliot, Billy in Crazy For You, Callahan in Legally Blonde Jr., & Charlie in The Perfect Dog. John also trains at the Metropolitan Ballet Academy and Company as a scholarship student in their prestigious Boys’ Ballet Program and as a Company Apprentice. John would like to thank his family their continued support & the creative & production teams at NCT for giving him this opportunity to perform with this cast & crew, in this AMAZING production!


Allie Beik (Ensemble) is thrilled to be doing her first show with the Narberth Community Theatre and to be getting back on stage after a pandemic-long break! Her last roles were with Brooklyn Theatre Club, and included such favorites as Cinderella in Into the Woods, Eliza in My Fair Lady, and Rosa Bud in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. When she’s not hanging out in Canaan or Egypt, she can be found with her fiancé (husband if you’re reading this past October 30) and dog in Mt. Airy, or performing with drag queen Biddy Bee somewhere around Philly!



Christopher Betzler (Judah) is ecstatic to return to the stage since March 2020 shutdown. Chris is thankful to the production team and NCT for the opportunity to help bring this show to life alongside this extremely talented cast and crew. Chris would like to thank his family for their continued support and love, especially his beautiful fiancé as she takes the stage in MCT’s production of Cabaret! The Helen Betzler Foundation was founded this past summer, for more information please visit https://helenbetzlercares.org/.

 


Matt Bookler (Gad/Pharaoh) is thrilled to return to the Narberth stage after a 15 year hiatus. He won’t bore you with the details since you probably don’t remember the show anyway, but it was spectacular.  In between then and now he’s played many roles, in many shows, chasing the spotlight from theater to theater….. going pretty much anywhere he has to in order to get the attention he craves.  In the real world he actually has a very professional job with lots of responsibility, where he’s discovered that the same qualities that make him fun to watch on stage aren’t necessarily conducive to career advancement, but what can you do?  He is eternally grateful to his parents for not stifling his creativity even when he was a pest, and to his brilliant, talented, beautiful, and tolerant wife Shelli who (apart from the night she sees this show) is home taking care of their two trouble making dogs and cranky old cat until it’s her turn to grace the stage again.  Enjoy the show!



Kimmy Faughey (Ensemble) is excited to be back on stage for her 3rd show at NCT. She is extremely grateful to be working with such a talented cast and crew. She would like to thank her family and friends for their unending support of all her dancing endeavors.

 

Lacie Ann Michaelson Fischley (Ensemble) is new to NCT and returning after about a ten year hiatus from theatre. Originally from Cape Cod, MA, she grew up doing local community theatre. When not doing theatre, she’s the director of a South Philly non-profit and mom to dog Sandy.

 


Randy Frame (Jacob/Potiphar) has appeared in several area community theater productions, most recently as Big Davey in NCT’s production of Billy Elliot. Favorite roles include Hysterium (Forum); Prince Herbert (Spamalot); and Sam Byck (Assassins). In Joseph, playing a character with multiple wives has inspired him to write a new musical: “Seven Brides for Two Brothers.” Randy is employed as a writer-editor by the California-based Think Marketing. 

 

Troy Gartner (Zebulon) is a 23-year-old performer with a long love for music, first being introduced in his pre-school years. In elementary school Troy started playing the violin, a dedication he continued through graduation at Conestoga High School, located in Berwyn, Pennsylvania. Middle school years brought Troy opportunities to join a choir, a passion which continued through his Conestoga years including participation in elite choir ensembles. As a sophomore at Conestoga, Troy commenced his tutelage with the Kim Russell Voice Studio, a privilege he continues to this day. Upon graduation at Conestoga, Troy matriculated at Millersville University, located in Millersville Pennsylvania, as a double major in Music Education and Music Performance with Voice as the primary instrument. Troy completed this nine-semester program in December 2020, culminating in his graduation with two bachelor’s degrees. Troy is a life long resident of Paoli, Pennsylvania, and has plans to attend graduate school in Fall 2022.



Glen Haber (Dan/Butler) is excited to be making his return to the Narberth Community Theater stage, having previously portrayed Prince Dauntless in Once Upon a Mattress, Pablo in Sister Act, and Gangster #1 in The Drowsy Chaperone. Other previous roles include Younger Brother (Ragtime) and Prince Herbert (Spamalot). Outside the theater, he works as a software engineer.

 


Sean Holleran (Napthali/Baker) is really excited to be back performing in a live production.  This is his first show with Narberth Community Theatre.  Sean had previously been seen with the Upper Main Line YMCA Community Theatre.  His recent roles include Gaston (Beauty and the Beast), Bill Sykes (Oliver), Joseph Pulitzer (Newsies), Mr. Mayor (Seussical), and Mr. Wormwood (Matilda). Sean would like to thank Linda, Lynn, and Katie for the opportunity to be in this cast and for their work in building this performance.  Sean would *especially* like to thank his wife, Lisa, and his two boys, Connor and Declan, for their endless support and enthusiasm.  Break a leg!

 


Alison King (Dance Captain) is thrilled to be performing in her very first NCT production! She began dancing at 3 years old and hasn’t stopped since, studying ballet, jazz, Irish, and a variety of other dance forms. She has also participated in other local productions, including Aida (Ensemble/Dancer), Chicago (Mona/Assistant Choreographer), and Beauty and the Beast (Silly Girl/Featured Dancer/Dance Captain). By day, she is a middle school librarian, and she also owns a freelance copyediting and resume writing business (Copyedit Queen). Alison has really enjoyed being part of this show and hopes to be part of NCT for many years to come!

 

Lindsay Looloian (Narrator) is excited to be back on the Narbeth stage. Lindsay was most recently seen in Shrek the musical at SALT Performing Arts (Pinocchio). Other shows include The Addams Family (Morticia), Mamma Mia (Sophie), Hunchback (Gargoyle/Gypsy), Joseph (Narrator), Into the Woods ( Bakers Wife), The Little Mermaid (Ariel), and Once Upon a Mattress (Lady Larken). Lindsay would like to thank her husband, Sean, for always being so incredibly supportive.

 

Andrew McDermott (Simeon) After a long hiatus from musical theatre, Andrew is thrilled to be making his NCT debut! His previous roles include Marcellus Washburn in The Music Man and Prez in The Pajama Game, as well as performing in the ensemble in H.M.S. Pinafore, Kismet, and Guys and Dolls. Andrew has sung in choirs from a young age, most recently with PhilHarmonia and Singing City in Philadelphia, as well as the St. Louis Symphony Chorus. When not on stage, Andrew works in higher education and loves baking and wine!



Cory Mecca (Joseph) is so excited to be returning to the stage for this, his third show with NCT, and first show in the past 5 years!! After stepping away from the stage for a while, Cory is ready to bring to life this incredible tale of dreams and dreamers along with the rest of this tour de force cast. Cory has been performing since he was child in various community productions, and through, all the way into college where he studied theater at Temple University. Much like Joseph from our story,Cory believes dreams really tell us a lot about ourselves, if only we can focus the eye inward enough to see the true value they possess. Lately, he has been dreaming about this performance a whole lot, and he sees great things and a wonderful experience for all of those who are able to come see and be a part of this incredible production.“This is for all the dreamers who continue to grow through adversity. Never give up on all you can accomplish and keep the dream alive!”



Isadora Neto (Mrs. Potiphar/Ensemble) is making her NCT debut!  She’s so excited to be part of such an amazing cast and crew.  She would like to thank her husband Ed and sister Maddie for encouraging her to audition.  Isadora is a stay at home mom to her two lovely children, 3 year old Eddie and 1 and a half year old Eloise.  She is very thankful for this opportunity to get out of the house.

 

Betsy Oliphant Ross (Ensemble) is delighted to return to Narberth Community Theater, having most recently performed with NCT in 2014 as Sister Joseph Anne in Nunsense (which was, indeed, habit-forming). Other NCT productions include Into the WoodsHow to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and West Side Story. She also performs with The Barn Playhouse (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and The Broadway Theatre of Pitman, NJ (Annie Get Your GunSingin’ in the RainJack and the Beanstalk and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella). Offstage, Betsy serves as Associate Publisher for Philadelphia magazine leading ad sales, marketing and events teams. Thanks to Linda, Lynn, Katie and the whole NCT team for the chance to walk down memory lane with this show – she played Judah in Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat during her freshman year with “Pauper Players” at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill many (MANY!) years ago. Deep gratitude to her family & friends for their love and support, and she is especially grateful to her permanent boyfriend A Ross for enduring her perpetual singing.    

 

Maria Pfender (Narrator) is so happy to be back on stage in one of her favorite shows! She has previously worked with companies such as the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Bucks County Playhouse, Society Hill Playhouse, Mainstreet Musicals, Bryn Athen Theater, and Jenkintown Music Theater. You may recognize Maria from a show at one of these theaters, or you may have caught her in a local Philadelphia commercial! Favorite roles include Hope Cladwell in Urinetown, Marian Paroo in The Music Man, Caroline Neville in Titanic, and herself in Rodgers and Hart: A Celebration. Thank you to Linda for this opportunity, and thanks to the cast and crew for this wonderful collaboration! So much love to Chris for his unending support.

 

Michael Radzwilla (Issachar)  is excited that live theater is back and even more excited to make his Narberth Community Theatre debut. Some of his favorite roles have been Jehan in Hunchback of Notre Dame (Methacton Community Theater) and Sky in Mamma Mia! (Jenkintown Music Theatre). He’s very thankful Matt and Ryan recruited him to the cast


Ryan Simme (Reuben) is thrilled to return for his second production at Narberth Community Theatre. Ryan previously appeared as Riff in West Side Story. Some of Ryan’s favorite past roles include: Georg (She Loves Me), Hero (A Funny thing…Forum), Peter (Peter and the Starcatcher), Perchik (Fiddler on the Roof), Matt (The Fantasticks). Ryan would especially like to thank Linda for another wonderful opportunity, his voice teacher Joseph Erdeljac, his family and friends for their constant support. Lastly, Ryan thanks his new wife Alicia (my wife!!) for her encouragement and for helping him with his cowboy voice.

 

Richard Steinhardt (Asher) is extremely excited to be a part of this cast.  He has previously been in performances of Children of Eden, Curtains, Chicago, West Side Story, Mamma Mia and Billy Elliot.

 

 

 


Shannon Stillmun (Ensemble) is so excited to be returning to NCT after last appearing in Billy Elliot. Favorite credits include Our Town (Stage Manager), Once On This Island (Asaka), The Winslow Boy (Grace Winslow), Mamma Mia (Ali), and How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Miss Jones/Director). Much love to the entire cast and crew, especially fiance Richard.

 

Vince Vuono (Levi) is thrilled to be back on the NCT stage after a long (forced) absence! Vince was previously seen at NCT in the ensemble of Drowsy Chaperone and as Big Deal in West Side Story. Vince has also appeared as Eddie in Mamma Mia and Chip in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Dramateurs at the Barn, as Sandeep in Legally Blonde at Footlighters Theater, and as Chuck Baxter in Promises, Promises at Spotlight Theater. Vince would like to thank the entire cast and crew for a phenomenal return to the stage, as well as his family, especially his wonderful wife Cassidy.


Drew Weiss (Joseph) is ecstatic to be a part of his first Narberth Community Theatre production! He graduated from Wesleyan University in May of this year, where he studied Neuroscience and Theater. As a way to apply both of his academic passions to his life, Drew is working as a clinical research assistant at the University of Pennsylvania while continuing to nourish his love for theater. It’s been an absolute joy to get to know everyone in the cast and crew, and he wants to thank them all for accepting him into this community so quickly.

 

MEET THE CREW:


Linda Galati Hunt (Director) It’s been such a joy to have had the opportunity to be on both sides of the curtain at NCT since the 2003-04 season.  This has provided me  the opportunity to play a variety of characters. Some of my favorites were Mrs. Fairfax [Jane Eyre: The Musical], Domina [A Funny Thing…Forum],  Princess Puffer [Mystery of Edwin Drood] and most recently Mrs Tottendaly [The Drowsy Chaperone]. Obviously, I consider myself a ‘character actor’ and love being able to draw laughter from the audience.  In addition to being in several ensembles, it was a great experience to serve as Assistant director, Stage manager and even help with props and costumes on more than one occasion.

In between, I served on the Board of Directors for a span of about 15 years in almost every post including a few terms as President.  It was during that time that I led the move from our previous venue in Narberth to our current location.  It was challenging but certainly rewarding.

Somehow, directing always called to me.  My first experience in the Director’s Chair at NCT was the 2011 production of Jesus Christ Superstar. After that incredibly successful show, I decided to take on All Shook Up in 2014 [NCT’s first season in Overbrook].  In 2016 I fulfilled my dream of presenting my favorite rock opera The Who’s Tommy.  Then, in 2019 I had the privilege of working with an extraordinary cast and orchestra when we presented an enthusiastically well received production of West Side Story.  I’m humbly proud of each of these unique shows and all the people who were involved.

That brings us to Joseph …Dreamcoat.  It’s fun, lively and most importantly hopeful. It’s been a leap to get back into the director’s mindset after being stagnant for so long, but it’s been fun and completely rewarding.

As always, my gratitude goes out to my wonderful family and dear friends who are always so supportive of all my NCT endeavors.  I send special love to my Grandbabies, some of whom might actually get to see this one!  

I want to dedicate this to the memory of  my sweet friend Helen who encouraged me and was always so eager to hear of all my theater endeavors and the progress of all my shows….going back to OLP.



Lynn DellaPietra (Music Director) is very happy to be back for her sixth show at Narberth Community Theater. Past shows include: Wizard of Oz, Jesus Christ Superstar, Tommy, Once Upon a Mattress, and Little Shop of Horrors. She has her parents to thank for her love of musical theater and was lucky to grow up close enough to Broadway to get to go there often with them.  Thanks, as always, to Pat for holding down the fort and your unflagging encouragement!

 


Katrina B. Brown (Choreographer) has been dancing for over 30 years. She is honored to have the opportunity to be a choreographer with Narberth Community Theater once more! The added bonus of working with Linda Hunt and her team is such a blessing! She is so thankful for this opportunity!! There is nothing more dynamic than the energy of creating work for a live audience! After dancing all her life, and graduating from Eastern University as a Dance Major, Community theater is such a fun outlet in her serious profession. The owner of her own dance company, Inspirations Through Movement, her drive is that each individual feels uplifted and are able to realize their dreams through performing their art! Her choreography has been seen in musical theater productions such as The Drowsy Chaperone (NCT) The Marvelous Wonderettes (Footlighters)  Legally Blonde (Footlighters),  Hair (Footlighters), and A Christmas Carol (Viviana Theater) as well as being featured in more dance recitals than she can remember. She also has a passion for performing, and has most recently been seen as Veronica in Chicago, Sally in A Christmas Carol, Connie in A Chorus Line and as a  featured dancer in West Side Story. She is ecstatic to have realized her dream and to help others realize their true potential and creative selves. I would like to thank this incredible Production staff (especially Justin, John, Lynn, Mary, Liz..the list goes on!), who helped me more than they will ever realize. This time frame was a very difficult one, and this cast and team may never know how much their love and acceptance has meant to me.  To my Dance Captain, Alison King…I couldn’t have done this without your help and support as I tried to split myself in 3 directions. THANK YOU! To this AMAZING CAST!! There were movements where we knew we could accomplish them. And there were moments when you really weren’t sure if it would work. You trusted me, and you worked your butts off to remember it all. I’m so proud of this work we created!  Katie would also like to thank Jessica Wisniewski for the inspiration of those Canaan Days. Choreographer to Choreographer, having the gentleman dance together is a brilliant idea and I thank you for allowing me to try and do justice to this fun number! And of course to my entire world back home. The man and puppy who are patient and understanding as I am coming home for late night dinners and snuggles. You are both my world! None of this is worth it without you by my side. I love you, Sparky. 

 

Mary Smith is joining NCT for the first time as Stage Manager for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. After performing on stage earlier in life, she discovered a passion for backstage theatre at Vanderbilt University where she minored in theatrical production. Some of her favorite past productions include How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes (Audio/Video Specialist), Metamorphoses (Assistant Master Electrician), and Gnit (Stage Manager). She wants to thank the cast and crew for welcoming her into the Philly-area theatre world, and she looks forward to working on more productions in the future!


Justin Cochrane (Costume Designer) got the theatre bug at a young age and although not onstage anymore his love for theatre can be seen in every production he’s a part of. When not House Managing for NCT he can be seen as NCT Costume Coordinator, costuming a show. His costume credits include ‘Anything Goes‘ ,’Once Upon a Mattress’, ‘West Side Story’, ‘Billy Elliot’, and the short lived ‘Drowsy Chaperone’ from last season. He is thrilled to be a part of ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’. He would love to thank his amazing and extremely talented husband John, and his family for their unconditional love and support.


Liz Brennan (Producer) is thrilled to be a part of this fabulous production! Liz was last seen in NCT’s production of SIster Act as Sister Mary Theresa. She was last not seen as run crew for NCT’s production of West Side Story. Next up, she will be not seen as the stage manager for Anything Goes at Players Club of Swarthmore, as well as for NCT’s production of Crazy for You. By day, she works as a virtual receptionist. Break a leg to the cast and crew!

 

Jim Miccolis (Sound Designer) Jim is delighted to be back at NCT, this time in a technical role. His sound design experience includes Cats, Seussical, Our Town, Winnie The Pooh, Peter And The Starcatcher, Into The Woods, Godspell, Snoopy!, I Never Saw Another Butterfly, and The Phantom Tollbooth. Jim’s onstage appearances include South Pacific (Cmdr. Harbison), Children of Eden (Ensemble), Annie (FDR), The Little Princess (Capt. Crewe), Footloose (Uncle Wes) and The Velveteen Rabbit (Doctor). 

 

Brian Mahoney (Lighting Designer) has been working with Narberth Community Theatre since he first designed lights for Seussical. Brian has over forty-five years of theatrical experience. Starting with a concentration in technical theatre as an undergraduate, he has performed most of the jobs in one production or another including technical director, scenic and lighting designer, stage manager, assistant director, consultant and board member. He has also performed such diverse roles as Will (A Cry of Player),  Pseudolus (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), Jud (Oklahoma!), Philip (Move Over Mrs Markham) and Lennie (Of Mice and Men).

Brian’s is retired from the real world and lives in Drexel Hill with his wife and puggle. He loves spending time with his grandchildren and fanfamily.He is also an avid fiction reader.

“What I have really enjoyed about being involved at NCT is the incredible variety of people who participate and the very collaborative nature of the group. I intend to bring the same dedication, professionalism and organization that I have exhibited in the past to any future role I play at Narberth.”

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