Cast announced for holiday production of ‘Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’

Top row L-R: Jacob Barton, Carmen Risi
Bottom row L-R: Laura Thoresen, David Sajewich

LAKE FOREST – Cast and crew have been announced for Citadel Theatre Company’s November-December production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, according to founding Artistic Director Scott Phelps.

The production will be directed by Robert D. Estrin.

“Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” tells the Old Testament story of Joseph and his brothers through contemporary eyes with songs like “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door.”  AEA member David Sajewich will play Pharoah and Joseph’s father Jacob. Sajewich was acclaimed for his performance as Bobby in Stephen Sondheim’s “Company” for Mercury Theatre this past summer. He spent last year’s holiday season as George Bailey in “A Wonderful Life: The Musical” at Theater at the Center. The production’s Joseph will be Jacob Barton. North Carolina native Barton, who moved to Chicago last year, just finished an engagement as Edward Rutledge in “1776” for Temple Theatre in Sanford, NC. Jointly playing the Narrator at all performances will be Carmen Risi and Laura Thoresen.

Appearing as Jacob’s brothers will be Marcellus Burt, Eric Deutz, Derek Fawcett, Peter Gertas, Ryan Jozaitis, Artem Lazarev, Brian Mengler, Shane Roberie, Kyle Ryan, Benjamin Salt, and Ryan Smetana. The ensemble will include Traci Cidlik, Lily Cox, Jenna Fawcett, Chamaya Moody, and Brittani Moore. Derek Fawcett will also play Potiphar and understudy the roles of Pharoah and Jacob. Jenna Fawcett will play Potiphar’s wife and understudy the Narrator. Salt will understudy Joseph. There will also be a children’s chorus of performers to be announced shortly.

Two-time Jeff Award winner Ryan Brewster will be Music Director and Jake Ganzer will be choreographer. Also on the design and production team are 2018 Jeff Award winning scenic designer Eric Luchen, Sarah Lake Rayburn (costume designer), Diane D. Fairchild (lighting design), Mark Holley (properties design), Bob Boxer (sound design), Nicole Delpizzo (scenic artist), and Samantha Tink (stage manager). Casting is by Robin Hughes, Metropolis Casting.

“Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Book and Lyrics by Tim Rice

Directed by Robert D. Estrin

Ryan Brewster, Musical Director

Jake Ganzer, Choreographer

Friday, November 16 – Sunday, December 23, 2018

(Previews November 14-15 @7:30 pm)

Thursdays at 7:30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm, Sundays at 3 pm. Performance days/times November 16 – December 16:

Additional matinees Wednesdays November 28 and December 5 at 1 pm. No performance Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22.

Performance days/times December 18-23:

Tuesday-Sunday at 7:00 pm, matinees Saturday 12/22 and Sunday 12/23 at 1 pm

Preview ticket prices – $20.00. Regular run prices Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays $40.00; Saturdays and Sundays $45.00. Discounts available for groups, seniors and student.

Citadel Theatre, 300 S. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest, IL

Tickets available online at or by phone at 847-735-8554, ext. 1