BATH — “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” one of the most enduring shows of all time, kicks off the 2018-19 performance season at the Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington St. This musical written by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Tim Rice is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, 11 brothers and the coat of many colors. Tickets are now available for the 7:30 p.m. performances on Sept. 7, 8, 14 and 15; and 2 p.m. matinees on Sept. 9 and 16, on the main stage.

Told entirely through song with the help of a main character narrator (Hope Horton of Brunswick), the musical follows the adventures of preferred son Joseph (Max Middleton of Bath).

After being sold into slavery by his brothers, Joseph ingratiates himself with Egyptian noble Potiphar (Andy Sarapas of Brunswick), but ends up in jail after refusing the amorous advances of Potiphar’s wife (Shirley Bernier of Lisbon Falls). While imprisoned, Joseph discovers his ability to interpret dreams, and he soon finds himself in front of the mighty but troubled, Elvis-inspired Pharaoh (Theodore Merrill of Richmond). Joseph’s solution to Egypt’s famine elevates him to Pharaoh’s right-hand man and reunites him with his family.

This magical musical, directed by Thom Watson of Brunswick with Theresa Henderson of Gardiner as the music director, is full of catchy songs in a variety of styles, from a parody of French ballads such as “Those Canaan Days” to the country-western parody of “One More Angel in Heaven.” Other unforgettable classics include “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door.”

The Chocolate Church production of “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” celebrates 50 years since the show was first performed in London. The vivid costumes can be considered as a supporting character in the storytelling. 

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets are available at the box office by calling 207-442-8455 or for purchase online at

Joseph, played by Max Middleton, is the subject of the story told by The Narrator, played by Hope Horton. (David Mention Photography)

As the favored son of Jacob, Joseph received a coat of many colors that doesn’t please his 11 brothers. (David Mention Photography)

Joseph’s 11 brothers do not appreciate the coat of many colors and that means trouble for Joseph. Pictured from left are Pat Scully, Greg Foster, Billy Rankis, Spencer Sewall, Andy Barber, Sharon Henderson, Joshua Beach and Chase Tomberlin. (David Mention Photography)

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