Durango Theatreworks kicks off inaugural season at Community Concert Hall in Durango

PHOTO: A recent UK production of ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’.

Durango Theatreworks at the Fort will present its inaugural season with Joseph and the Incredible Technicolor Dream Coat Saturday, June 4 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 5 at 2 p.m. on stage at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. Dr. Michael McKelvey conducts this semi-staged, choreographed “live” performance accompanied by a live orchestra.

Joseph and the Incredible Technicolor Dream Coat is a musical with words by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on the character of Joseph from the Bible’s Book of Genesis. It was Lloyd Webber and Rice’s first musical to be performed publicly, and it’s a Joseph family tale, with familiar themes and upbeat music…and has been performed in many stage productions.

A collective of more than 30 artists and musicians, including members of the local community, FLC and area high school students, will perform as part of the new Durango Theatreworks sponsored by Fort Lewis College. The cast for joseph includes Jason Lythgoe (Joseph), Ben Mattson (Pharaoh) and a Durango and Farmington crowd favorite, Geoff Johnson (Jacob, Potiphar, The Butler). All will perform with an orchestra of eight musicians under the direction of Helen Gregory; Rebecca Thurston, Tayler Smith and Melissa Mossinghoff are the evening’s narrators. Cast “brothers” include Travis Carlson, Gregory Palese, Conor Sheehan, Wyatt Krob, Oliver Kennedy, Mondo Yazzie, Ava Allen, Sadie Hanson, Liam Hahn, Luca Sandoval McCallum and Richard Tsethlikai.

Durango Theatreworks is under the direction of faculty member Dr. Michael E. McKelvey, who is responsible for Fort Lewis College’s new musical theater program. McKelvey states that “the establishment of a professional theater company in conjunction with the new program will strengthen the performing arts at Fort Lewis College, while providing more theatrical opportunities for artists and theatergoers in Durango.”

The company will follow up with two more productions for its inaugural summer season and will host pop-up entertainment throughout Durango. For more information, visit durangotheatreworks.org.

Tickets for all performances are available online at www.durangoconcerts.com or by phone Monday through Friday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 970-247-7657. Lobby doors open one hour before showtime and the concert hall opens half an hour before showtime.

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