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‘Joseph’ Comes to Fulton This Week

FULTON, NY – The curtain opens Thursday for Rising Stars Theatre’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” in the city of Fulton.

Planned as a fundraiser for Fulton Community Theatre, the show will be presented in three performances, Thursday, Friday and Saturday on stage at G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton. All shows start at 8 p.m.

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“The cast has been working tirelessly for the past few weeks to put together a show that is sure to please,” said Rising Stars co-founder Deb Pearson.

Pearson noted that rehearsals have been a “family affair” for several members of the cast and crew.

Pearson’s daughter, Meghan Pearson, has taken the lead as both the director of the show and an actor who performs in the role of one of Joseph’s 11 Brothers. Deb Pearson’s younger daughter, Jennifer Pearson, performs the part of the Narrator.

Brothers Zach Knight and Sam Brazill also perform as Brothers in the show while the husband and wife team of Rick and Estelle Heagerty will perform in the roles of “Jacob” and one of his seven wives.

Also returning from the 2006 cast, Paul Clarke has been cast in the hip shaking, rock-n-roll loving “Pharaoh.” Clarke’s two children, Cameron and Corin Clarke are part of the children’s ensemble. Sisters Renee and Johnna Ball are also part of that ensemble.

“There are so many family connections in this show that we’ve stopped counting,” Deb Pearson laughed. “What it boils down to is that ‘Joseph’ is addictive. Once one family member takes part, it is natural that others will want to take part in the fun.”

Pearson noted that while she is a “Joseph veteran” and has taken part in 18 different productions of the show, Meghan Pearson has topped her.

“She had to remind me that she has done this show 19 times,” Pearson laughed. “I guess it is pretty obvious that neither of us will ever get tired of it.”

Rising Stars co-founder Joe Clark, who performs as a Brother and as the Baker, pointed out that the story of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is intertwined with comedic flare and a rich musical score that keeps audiences wanting more.

“This is a fantastic show with a musical score that is so diverse that there is something to please everyone, from the young to the young at heart,” Clark said. “You can only call this a ‘mega-musical’ because it has so many different musical flavors. Through each scene, audiences can’t wait to see what happens next.

“Those who have watched the show before stay just as interested in what the actors will bring to their part,” Clark noted. “There is always some variation in how it will be presented.”

The cast represents a mix of new and returning actors from the theatre company’s 2006 production of the show. Taking the lead role, Andrew Denbleyker has returned to perform the part of Joseph.

The cast of Brothers also includes Sabrina Ervin, Stephanie Powers Jacob Bremkamp, Adam Schmidtman, Jordan Westfall and Taber Freeman. Michael Spinoso will perform as “Potiphar.” In addition to the children’s ensemble, the cast also includes an adult ensembles and a talented group of dancers.

Westfall also is serves as assistant director for the show. Josh Smith serves as musical director.

Presale tickets are available for a discounted price through today. At the door, they will be available for $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $5 for students 12 and under. Group rates are also available. Those interested in additional information can contact Rising Stars at 288-5052.

The G. Ray Bodley stage is air conditioned and handicapped accessible. Those requiring special accommodations can contact Rising Stars for assistance.