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The Bible Meets Rock ‘N Roll in Spring Lake

By Karen Meister

People usually think of The Bible as a somber and serious work, but the Spring Lake Theatre Company has produced a famous Broadway musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, that is a dazzling breathtaking rendition of a biblical story.

This play was the first musical of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to be performed publically, and has been well received since it arrived on Broadway in 1982. It eventually became a film, starring Donny Osmond as Joseph and has retained avid popularity.

The play teaches a lesson about jealousy and forgiveness, while being an extravaganza of delightful song and dance. There is constant movement and always a new direction for the audience to view.

The story centers around the book of Genesis where an elder Israelite named Jacob and his 12 sons work the land. Joseph is the favored son, and Jacob makes it very obvious by presenting Joseph with a spectacular dream coat of many colors. The other siblings take note of this gesture and plot to remove Joseph from the family.

However, due to his incredible revelations, Joseph rises above all atrocities and eventually earns a powerful position in the Pharaoh’s kingdom.

The show has literally no spoken dialogue, as it is a musical in the true sense of the word. All spoken parts are sung, even by the four narrators who take the audience on Joseph’s journey. Colleen Hulse, Danielle Morira, Regina Ippolito and Christine Saglivia star as the beautiful and talented narrators.

Joseph is played by the multi-talented Jeff Skaecki, a skilled actor who uses song, dance, and expressions so adroitly. Jeff is just a great Joseph — no doubt about it! His father, Jacob, played by Jay Draper, and male siblings also give a superior performance. They expertly perform songs and skits from country to calypso, delighting the audience at every turn.

Paul Ternosky is a very good pharaoh, but when he dons his robes and becomes a rockin’ Elvis, he is sensational. The same is true of Myles Linzey as the star-studded butler and Justin Giegerich as the roly-poly baker.

There are scores of young, highly talented promising actors who grace the stage and thoroughly entertain the audience, which consists of a potpourri of sizes, shapes, and ages. The Children’s Chorus is fabulous and is present for most of the performance. The variety of wives, with their colorful attire, add a special touch to this performance, and the Apache dancers are also a pleasant addition to this wild and zany, “out of the box” show.

There is so much creativity in this production and each dimension has been perfected to achieve a totally magnificent result.

Produced by Pat Barry and directed by Derek Hulse, two professional members of the theatre company, many other experts have contributed to make this extraordinary production come to life. Mary Lough and her experienced orchestra provide a musical flow, so compatible with all the fabulous choreography directed by Lydia Condoluci. Set, lighting, sound and effects are brilliantly executed under the direction of Andrew D’Agotino.

What a stage crew it is that can bring it all together with technical wonders, and the magic of Theresa Condoluci, who shares her talents in costume design and construction, creating such colorful and elaborate costumes.

The list goes on and on, but one common denominator is evident throughout the performance. Each individual involved with this musical puts out 100 percent of their efforts and special gifts to provide a spectacular theatre experience. I hated to see it end!

This phenomenal presentation, with several show stoppers, is a wonderful family event. It is upbeat, colorful, and just plain fun. It will appeal to any age audience, so do yourself a favor and plan to attend one of the several performances.

“Joseph” will be at the theatre July 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21. Curtain is 8 p.m.

Tickets are available at the box office at 732-449-4530 or online at www.springlaketheatre.com

I can guarantee that you will love this “must see” production and will catch the spirit that emanates throughout the theatre.