Chameleon to stage its first LAAC production

2/17/06

The award-winning Chameleon Theatre Circle brings its first production to the Lakeville Area Arts Center.

"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" promises to be one of its best. The winner of three state competitions and 24 awards, Chameleon is widely recognized as one of the best community theatres in the country. The production opens March 24 and will run for three weekends.

"We are happy to form this partnership with The Chameleon Theatre Circle," said Tom Barnard of the arts center. "We hope this cooperative effort will add even more variety to the performing arts program series at the Lakeville Area Arts Center.

"We are looking forward to this opportunity to cooperate on providing a well-known musical with great family appeal in our community."

"The Lakeville Area Arts Center is a beautiful theatre," said Director Brad Donaldson. "We will be making creative use of the space by adding additional stage platforms to bring a unique feel to our production. Also, the staff of the center has been a great team with which to creatively collaborate. It has been an honor and privilege to work on a show of this magnitude with such a passionate and talented group of individuals."

Donaldson, of Minneapolis, received his bachelor of arts in theatre from the University of Minnesota. He has directed numerous shows including "The Boys Next Door," "Into The Woods" and "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," and has appeared in over 20 productions including "Glengarry Glen Ross," "Macbeth," "Assassins" and "Jesus Christ Superstar."

Donaldson is the vice president and one of the founding board members of The Chameleon Theatre Circle, and also is the vice president of the Minnesota Association of Community Theatres.

The cast members of the show all come from the local area. The Narrator is played by Kim Kivens of Savage, and Ben Brandt of Burnsville plays Joseph. Over 20 members of the cast, crew and orchestra live south of the Minnesota River.

"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" will be performed at the LAAC on the weekends of March 24-26, March 31-April 2, and April 7-9. Times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. Tickets are now available for purchase through the LAAC. To purchase tickets by phone, call (952) 985-4640 during weekday business hours.

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