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The Prairie Theatre | UWO Fond du Lac Theatre Program


Join us for an incredible show!

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dream Coat by Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber November 10 through 20 at the Prairie Theater on the UW Oshkosh, Fond du Lac campus.

The Bible story of “Joseph and the Coat of Many Colors” comes to life in this beloved musical by the same pair that gave you “Evita” and “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

Joseph’s journey from callow youth in Canaan to Pharaoh’s right-hand man in Egypt is told all in song, and will have you singing along and dancing in the aisles.

Featuring students from the UW Oshkosh, Fond du Lac campus, children and adults from the community, and Fond du Lac favorite Eva Thelen-Dunphy as The Narrator.

The Prairie Theatre Show Dates:

  • 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10
  • 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11
  • 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12
  • 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13
  • 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17
  • 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18
  • 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19
  • 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20

Purchase your tickets!

All tickets are general admission, and doors open 30 minutes prior to show times.

  • $15 General Public
  • $10 Seniors and Faculty/Staff
  • $5 Students and Children

Ticket sales start Oct. 24 and will be available Monday through Friday, from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased at the door one hour before each performance. We accept cash or check. Sorry, no credit cards.

Join Us for the Show

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dream Coat will take place at the UWO Fond du Lac Campus Prairie Theater, at 400 University Dr. in Fond du Lac, WI

For More Information

For more information call the ticket line at (920) 929-1111.

 

Synopsis

The play opens with the narrator finding an old book, picking it up, blowing off the dust and starting to read. The story she relates is of a young dreamer, a man named Joseph—the same Joseph whose story is told in the book of Genesis.

Joseph, as you may remember, was born into a family of twelve boys, all the sons of Jacob. Joseph is Jacob’s favorite son, and, to show everyone that he is pleased with him, Jacob gives Joseph a splendid multi-colored coat. However, this coat, along with Joseph’s talk of dreams he has had showing he will be the ruler of his brothers, arouse the jealousy of the other eleven. They decide to kill him, but before they get the chance, they meet up with the group of Ishmaelites traveling to Egypt. A plan is hatched, and they sell their brother as a slave instead.

So Joseph is taken off to Egypt, and his brothers return to tell their father that his favorite son is dead, producing his wonderful coat—which they have stained with the blood of a goat—as proof.

Potiphar, a powerful man in Egypt, takes Joseph into his household as a slave. While there Joseph works so hard and is so honest, that Potiphar begins to admire him greatly. Unfortunately, he also catches the eye of his master’s wife, who tries to seduce him. When Potiphar catches them together, he assumes the worst (even though Joseph is innocent) and sends Joseph to prison. While there Joseph meets two of Pharaoh’s servants, a butler and a baker, both of whom have had strange dreams. Joseph interprets their dreams, correctly telling their future.

In the meantime, Pharaoh, the most powerful man in Egypt, has also been having unusual dreams. No one can interpret these dreams, so Pharaoh is intrigued when he hears of the young slave’s ability. He immediately has Joseph brought before him to interpret his dreams.

Joseph offers his interpretation, that seven years of bounty will be followed by seven years of famine, and Pharaoh is so impressed that he appoints Joseph to a post in the government. He will be in charge of storing food for the upcoming hard times.

When the famine does hit, Joseph’s father and brothers in Canaan are ill-prepared. They hear that there is food available in Egypt, so the brothers travel there to beg for assistance. Once there, they are brought before Joseph who recognizes them immediately even though they do not know him. He tests their honesty and humility by planting a golden chalice in the sack of his brother, Benjamin, to see what they will say. When confronted with the supposed evidence of theft, the brothers maintain the boy’s innocence and offer to let themselves be taken prisoner instead.

Joseph sees that his brothers have changed, so, to everyone’s great joy, he reveals his true identity. Finally, Jacob is brought to Egypt to join his family and to again see his beloved son at last.

For more information, call the UWO Fond du Lac ticketing number at (920) 929-1111. 


Past Prairie Theatre Productions

  • Inherit the Wind by Jereome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee: April 28-30, 2022

  • All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 by Peter Rothstein: Dec. 1-3, 2021
  • Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson: March 12-17, 2019
  • The Roommate by J. Merril Motz: October 16-21, 2018
  • Lone Star by James McLure: March 6-11, 2018
  • Someone Like Me by Richard Gustin (World Premiere): March 6-11, 2018
  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson: Nov. 30, 2017-Dec. 3, 2018
  • When They Speak of Rita by Daisy Foote: March 8-12, 2017
  • Leviathan by Richard Gustin (World Premiere): November 2-6, 2016
  • Crooked by Catherine Trieschmann: March 9-13, 2016
  • Rash Acts by Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller: Oct. 28-Nov. 1, 2015
  • A Sparrow Falls by Richard Gustin: March 11-15, 2015
  • Lobby Hero by Kenneth Lonergan: Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 2014
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare / Directed by Caryn Cleveland-Short: April 9-13, 2014
  • How the World Began by Catherine Trieschmann: Oct. 28-Nov. 4, 2013
  • The Dream of the Burning Boy by David West Read: March 5-10, 2013
  • The Dining Room by A.R. Gurney: Oct. 31-Nov. 4, 2012
  • Over The Tavern by Tom Dudzick: March 7-11, 2012
  • My Soldiers by Richard Kalinoski: Nov. 2-6, 2011
  • Sweet Storm by Scott Hudson: March 9-13, 2011
  • Almost, Maine by John Cariani: Nov. 3-7, 2010
  • Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire: March 10-14, 2010
  • The God Committee by Mark St. Germain: Nov. 4-8, 2009
  • Doubt by John Patrick Shanley: March 11-15, 2009
  • Our Town by Thornton Wilder: Nov. 5-9, 2008
  • The Roommate by J. Merrill Motz: March 5-9, 2008
  • Proof by David Auburn: Nov. 7-11, 2007
  • Everyman, adaptation by Richard Gustin: Mar. 7-11, 2007
  • Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon: Nov. 8-12, 2006
  • Last Train to Nibroc by Arlene Hutton: Mar. 9-12 and 16-19, 2006
  • A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas by Laurie Brooks: Nov. 3-6 and 10-13, 2005
  • Lumberjacks in Love by James Kaplan and Fred Alley / Directed by Steve Wilson: Mar. 31-Apr. 3 and Apr. 7-9, 2005
  • Antigone by Sophocles, translated by Robert Fagles: Nov. 10-14, 2004
  • God’s Favorite by Neil Simon: April 28 – May 2, 2004
  • “MASTER HAROLD”…and the boys by Athol Fugard: Nov. 12-16, 2003
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare: Mar. 5-9, 2003
  • Rash Acts by Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller: Nov. 6-10, 2002
  • Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling: Nov. 8-11, 2001
  • Working by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso: Nov. 9-12, 2000
  • The Dining Room by A.R. Gurney: Spring 1999
  • Bus Stop by William Inge: Spring 1998
  • A Little House Christmas, adapted by James DeVita from the works of Laura Ingalls Wilder: Fall 1997
  • Godspell, music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz / Choreographed by Cory Vandertye: Spring 1997

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Fond du Lac Campus
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Fond du Lac, WI 54935
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