By Tina Taylor
Everybody looks forward to the first Friday of the month, which is always a fun party at Fair Park, recognizing and celebrating everyone who is having a birthday that month or anniversary and welcoming new members. They will play games and eat birthday cake with some the staff the Eye Centers of Tennessee Crossville office and have a good lunch Dec. 7.
This Friday will really be special. Everyone can come meet some of the Cumberland County Playhouse cast of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at 9:45 a.m.
It is an exciting family friendly spin-off from the Bible story of Joseph, his brothers and the coat of many colors. It is a high-voltage extravaganza filled with youthful energy and features a cast of 80, with 45 of those being local children and teens from Cumberland and surrounding counties.
The play about Joseph has grown and changed a lot, has been on Loudon and Broadway stages and was a big hit for Donny Osmond. It combines musical styles from country to calypso to rock and roll in a series of memorable musical numbers. The musical show includes such classic songs as the contemplative "Any Dream Will Do," the Caribbean-influenced "Benjamin Calypso,” the rockabilly sensation "Song of the King (Seven Fat Cows)" and the unforgettable "Go, Go, Go Joseph."
Joseph will star Colin Cahill (Backwards in High Heels, Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge) in the title role, with Leila Nelson (All Shook Up) and Anna Baker (Golden Boy) alternating as the narrator. Jason Ross as Levi, Quinn Cason as Simeon, Mark Stenson as Potiphar, Dee Hill as Mrs. Potiphar, and Jack Seville and Bob Ochsenrider as Jacob round out the cast. Director Hancock will reprise his 2005 role as Pharaoh. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is currently playing until Dec. 21, which would be a fun performance to take your family and friends to see for the holidays.
Fair Park will be starting a Readers Theater Drama Group in January. So call for more information and sign up. They are currently looking for teachers and instructors to lead new classes at the nonprofit center. So what is your talent? Someone to lead a chorus, glee or sing-along class would be nice. Maybe you could be a craft or painting class instructor. Sharing your knowledge with others is always rewarding and fun. Call and ask for Tina at 484-7416.
Get out and come visit with Fair Park Senior Center Dec. 7 and see which of your favorite Joseph actors will be there and get your picture taken with them. Fair Park Senior Center is at 1433 Livingston Rd. Stop by weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and make Fair Park one of your favorite places to go. Membership is free. Check out the website at www.fairparkseniorcenter.org.