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Placer Community Theater presents ‘color’ful show

By: Ally Rondoni Journal Correspondent
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An Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is coming to Auburn’s historical State Theater this month. With eight scheduled performances locals will have plenty of chances to catch Placer Community Theater’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” The show follows the biblical story of Joseph and his 11 brothers. When their father, Jacob, decides to give Joseph, his favorite son, a rare multicolor coat, it creates a rift between the brothers that leads the other brothers to sell Joseph into slavery. But Joseph’s skill of reading dreams eventually leads him to interpret the Elvis-esque Pharaoh’s dreams, and become second in power to the Pharaoh. After Joseph rises to power, his brothers come to Egypt and they are tested by Joseph to see if they have changed. “It’s an awesome show, and a feel-good show,” said cast member Lyra Dominguez of Grass Valley. “You can bring a 3-year-old, and an 80-year-old. It has something for everyone. You will just come out of this show being happy.” Dominguez, who plays the Narrator, says one of the most challenging parts of this musical is the many genres of music. “Once you get the right cast it’s a little easier. You need good dancers as well as good singers. It’s very funny, but there has to be a balance of big and funny as well as being sincere,” Dominguez said. Director Amy Linden, a founding member of PCT, said she had her heart set on directing this show. “My first experience with this play was in the mid ‘90s when I was asked to choreograph it for a (Folsom High School) play. I fell in love with it. The high school kids did wonderfully, but I kept thinking in the back of my mind that an adult theater company could really bring more to the play. They would understand the jokes and depth of the script.” Bringing her dream to life on the stage hasn’t been easy though. “The most challenging part is just making sure we have everything lined up ahead of time. I have to be very, ultra, prepared because the actors and performers are so well prepared,” Linden said. Linden also added that the musical aspect was difficult. “You not only have to worry about the acting, but you also have the added features of music and dance. Their vocals have to be great, and they have to have some talent as dancers.” Producer and actor Phillip Jacques said this show has given him the opportunity to play the “role of a lifetime.” “I play Jacob the father, as well as the Pharaoh. The Pharaoh is essentially Elvis Presley. It’s fun but intimidating to be playing the legend,” said Jacques. Jacques said that while singing is his greatest challenge when it comes to acting, there are difficulties to face as a producer as well. “As a producer there are millions of details that you’re trying to keep track of. You will always miss one and it will always come back to bite you.” Jacques also added that Jim Holmes, supervisor of district three, is a part of the cast. “He plays a government official, it’s very funny,” said Jacques. With its many styles of music and large cast Jacques says its PCT’s biggest production ever. “It is nonstop wall-to-wall music and at one point in time we will have 30 performers on the stage or in the aisles.” Jacques said. “It’s color, it’s performance, it’s song, it’s terrific.” ------------------ In the know What: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” When: 8 p.m. Aug. 5-6, 12-13; 2 p.m. Aug. 6-7, 13-14 Where: State Theater, 985 Lincoln Way, Auburn Cost:Tickets are $20 in advance for adults and $17 for seniors and children; $25 at the door Info, tickets:?www.placertheater.org, (530)?852-2708.