Keuka Lake Players presents 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat'
BATH, N.Y. (WENY) -- Keuka Lake Players to take the Twin Tiers back in time with their upcoming production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Based on the character of Joseph from the Bible's Book of Genesis, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat tells the story of Joseph, his father Jacob, the eleven brothers and the coat of many colors.
For Steven Matthew, playing the leading role Joseph has not only been an incredible honor, but also quite a challenge.
"It's a terrifying experience," he said. "You have these greats who have played this role...[like] Donny Osmond. Everybody wants to compare you to Donny Osmond, so it's hard to not start playing that version of Joseph. It's difficult to create the character for yourself when you have all these influences coming in. People will ask me, 'Oh do you look like Donny Osmond?' And I'll say, 'Yes, I have a long wig, but [my interpretation of the character is] not remotely close to Donny Osmond.'"
One of Matthew's good friends is Kacey Scheib, who happens to play one of Joseph's brothers, Simeon, in the production. She said her character could not be more different than her actual self.
"It's been interesting kind of going from this mentality of, 'I don't like this person, so I'll sell them into slavery,' but [then] actually being friends with the person [that is playing the role]," she said. "It's quite fun. We joke about it a lot."
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat plays at Haverling Senior High School in Bath on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., with a matinee on Saturday at 2 p.m.