Temple ends ‘Season of Silver Linings’ with colorful, contemporary ‘Joseph’

May. 01, 2013 @ 10:25 PM

It’s a tale of jealousy, betrayal and redemption, in which a family’s bond, mystical dreams and a beautiful coat figure prominently.

The Temple Theatre opens its production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” today, with showings on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until May 19. The musical production has a multi-generational allure and presents a message of acceptance that will resonate with the audience, said Temple’s Producing Artistic Director Peggy Taphorn.

“It has a general appeal for all ages,” Taphorn said. Referring to Temple’s 2012-13 theme, she added, “And it’s a great way to end our Season of Silver Linings.”

Dan Murphy, the founding general manager of Oregon’s Broadway Rose Theatre Company, is directing the show and has worked with Taphorn in the past. Murphy has directed “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” before but said no two productions are ever the same.

“What is so interesting is that as soon as I get off the plane, I meet the cast,” Murphy said. “And I have to make sure I highlight the cast’s strengths.”

Whether those strengths are singing, dancing or comedy, Murphy said, he arranges the show around a cast’s skills. And with a variety of cast members, who have the talent to pull off a contemporary show, Murphy said the audience will walk away inspired.

“They will leave the building smiling, and I can guarantee they will be laughing,” he said. “The nice thing about this show is how lively and colorful the 18 adults and 12 children are in the cast.”

Sanford resident and frequent Temple Theatre performer Alexander Copas will play the role of Joseph, and he said the Temple’s version of the show will be unlike others performed.

“I hope what they take away from the production is always be an optimist,” Copas said. “Always be striving for what is out there for you, and never let anyone put you down ... .”

Tickets are $23 for the 2 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday shows, and $19 for the 7 p.m. Thursday shows. Tickets are available at www.templeshows.com.