By NewsLine Staff

A cast of 35 will tell the Biblical story of Joseph and his coat of many colors on the Northeast Florida Conservatory Theatre stage in Mandarin from July 29 through Aug. 7.

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” features a variety of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock ‘n’ roll, according to Northeast Florida Conservatory Executive Director Richard Dickson.

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“This Old Testament tale is both timely and timeless,” Dickson said. “Our performers are accompanied by a live orchestra in an intimate setting that gives the audience an experience they won’t forget.”

Mandarin resident Billy O’Brien will lead the cast as Joseph, the boy blessed with prophetic dreams who is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers. Daryl Atkins will embody the production’s Elvis-inspired, hip-swinging Pharaoh.  

The colorful, iconic dreamcoat featured in the Conservatory’s production of Joseph has a rich history. Dickson said it was made by a Russian colleague for a show he directed in Gainesville in 1998 and the costume has been hailed as even more detailed than the one featured on Broadway.

The Northeast Florida Conservatory produces at least three Broadway musicals each year. Actors of all ages are encouraged to audition for the semi-professional shows. Past productions have included “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Music Man,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Oliver!,” “South Pacific” and “Oklahoma!”

Reserved seats are $20 per person for all seats at all shows at the theatre located at 11363 San Jose Blvd., Building 200. Evening performances are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Matinee performances are on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Visit for more information or to purchase tickets.

Photo courtesy Northeast Florida Conservatory Theatre

Billy O’Brien as Joseph in the upcoming production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

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