‘Joseph’ Planned As ‘Boost’ For Local Community Theatre

FULTON, NY – Nearly half of the proceeds raised through Rising Stars Theatre’s coming production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” will provide a boost for a familiar community theatre program.

“It has been about two years since Fulton Community Theatre has presented a show,” explained Sabrina Ervin, president of the FCT board. “When Rising Stars approached us on this partnership, we thought it would be an excellent way to spur activity for both of our groups.”</p>

For its share of the partnership, Fulton Community Theatre has lent space, props and costumes for the mega musical. Rising Stars is heading up the production, which will be presented in three performances — July 17, July 18 and July 19 — on stage at G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton. All shows start at 8 p.m.

“The Fulton Community Theatre is a fabulous resource in this community,” said Joe Clark, co-founder of Rising Stars. “Several local actors took their first steps on a stage acting with the group. We felt like a partnership between our two theatre groups would be a fantastic way to generate some support while giving the community a chance to see some of the local talent in one of the most popular musicals ever to hit the stage.”

Andrew Denbleyker has returned to Fulton to perform the role of Joseph. Denbleyker starred in the role for Rising Stars’ 2006 production, as well. Several actors in the show hold seats on the Fulton Community Theatre board, as well.

Jennifer Pearson will perform the part of the Narrator. Cast as Brothers in the show are Meghan Pearson, Sabrina Ervin, Zach Knight, Stephanie Powers, Joe Clark, Jacob Bremkamp, Adam Schmidtman, Jordan Westfall, Sam Brazill and Taber Freeman.

Meghan Pearson is directing the production with Westfall, who is serving as assistant director. Shayne Knight is the musical director.

Rick Heagerty, another member of the FCT board, is performing in the role of Jacob with Paul Clarke and Michael Spinoso cast, respectively, in the roles of the Pharaoh and Potiphar. The cast also includes adult and children ensembles.

“FCT is really pleased to be a part of this show and grateful to Rising Stars for taking the lead of this effort for us,” Heagerty said. “Rehearsals are going great. There is a lot of talent in this community. It is something that the audiences are sure to enjoy.”

Presale tickets are available for a discounted price. At the door they are 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.