Launching its 29th season, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre opens with the entertaining musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, on Friday, June 16 at the DeWitt Mainstage Theatre.

The biblical story of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is one of many elements; a young man who understands dreams, sibling rivalry, attempted murder, some time in jail, a rise to power, and of course a fashionable new coat. What other book could a story of this magnitude come out of? When infused with an irresistible musical score by Andrew Lloyd Weber, lyrics by Tim Rice, and fast-paced dance numbers, this is a performance your entire family will enjoy.

Equity Guest Artist Erica Schroeder as the Narrator, and Jason Lambert as Joseph head the cast. Schroeder appears with HSRT for her second season. Known to HSRT audiences for her stunning performance as Cinderella, Schroeder also performed in a New York production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Lambert has won over HSRT audiences the past two years with his performances in Suds and Forever Plaid. A chorus of 42 West Michigan children will also be featured in the show.

Returning to HSRT for her fifth season is director/choreographer Meribeth Kisner-Griffin. After choreographing several HSRT shows, she made directing debut with HSRT in 1995 with Beehive. Kisner-Griffin has gone on to direct HSRT productions of Rags, Annie, Musical Magic, and More Musical Magic.

Fred Tessler returns as Music Director for the show, while lighting design is by Michael Nevitt. Melissa McVay returns to handle costume design.

This unforgettable musical will be performed on June 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 26, 28, July 1, 5, 7, 11, 17, 18, 20, and 21 at 8:00 p.m., with a matinee performance on July 18 at 2:00 p.m. Given the popularity of this musical, tickets will sell quickly, so you will want to buy yours as soon as possible. While at the box office be sure to reserve tickets for the other great HSRT productions this summer, which include the scathing comedy Tartuffe, a bit of gothic intrigue and humor in The Mystery of Irma Vep, a look into the human condition with Three Viewings, and some time with an old friend in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. You will also want to be sure and reserve your place at the cabaret-style GI Jive featuring songs from the WWII era, as well as our two children's productions, The Story Ferdinand and The Enchanted Pig.

Tickets are available now. The ticket office is located in the DeWitt Center, on the Hope College Campus at the corner of 12th Street and Columbia Avenue. Prices range from $8-$22 for musicals, and $6-$17 for plays, with discount prices for children 12 and under. Season coupons, ranging from $37-$66, are also available. Ticket office hours are 10-5 Monday through Friday, 12-5 on Saturday, and one hour before all showtimes. Tickets can also be purchased by calling (616) 395 - 7890