The first play production in the new Ross-Ellis Center for the Performing arts was "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" performed the weekend of April 20-22.

It was an event for the ages at Barclay College in Haviland last weekend, April 20-22. “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” was the first stage production in the new Ross-Ellis Center for the Performing Arts. Barclay students plus a hand full of local children and adults made up the 53 member cast that brought the Biblical story of Joseph to life with memorable songs and dance numbers.

The audience nearly filled the auditorium the first night of performance on April 20 and gave the cast a long standing ovation at the end of the performance.

The $8.5 million Center

opened its doors in January and students and the community have already benefited from this newest addition to the Barclay College campus.

Barclay President Royce Frazier is excited to have the building finished and to present the first of many productions to come in the new facility. He wants the facility to provide a venue for educational programs and community outreach efforts that encourage young people and adults to fully appreciate and participate in the performing arts.

“This is the beginning of a dream,” Frazier said. “I want to thank the Board of

Trustees for seeing it into reality.”

Randi Shetley directed this inaugural performance. Shetley taught at Barclay for five years and is now working in Branson at the Titanic museum.

All the music for the performance is recorded and included extra music that was not part of the original score. The four women narrators took the melody and developed their own harmonies.

Shetley had some surprises for the audience including Potiphar, who bought Joseph for a slave. In the Barclay production, he looked amazingly like the banker character on a Monoply game board.Another director’s interpretation came by way of large video screens that enhanced Joseph’s interpretation of the dreams.

The production used both rented and built costumes. Shetley said there were at least 90 costumes and the costume staff did an amazing job to bring it all together.

“They pulled costumes from everywhere,” Shetley said.

Joseph is played by Barclay student Isaac Cox whose parents are missionaries in Germany. His mother was able to travel to Haviland to her son

in the show. Cox is studying Biblical theology and intends to be a theology professor. He got involved with Joseph because it was a creative outlet for him. He’s a very social person and the play was a great way to for him to express himself.

Jared Ross, worship chair for Barclay and music director for the show, said the 580 seat auditorium is complete except for some additional speakers.

“We’re still waiting on money for the speakers,” Ross said.

But other than that, the Ross-Ellis Center for the Performing Arts is up and running with a new sound and light system and large screens for various projections in the seating area and on stage. There is also ample costume storage space on the mezzanine.

Besides the state-of- the-art theatre, the building has two areas in the lobby that double as classrooms. A black box room that can be used as a classroom or a rehearsal room for a choir is a welcome addition. The building has four practice rooms, two small class rooms, dressing rooms and three offices.

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