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Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat

Saturday night my niece, LB, gifted me with a ticket to, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. There was a catch of course, with LB there always is. I had to drive. The play was in Summerlin, a hoity-toity suburb of Vegas where every other street is a roundabout and nothing goes straight from here to there.

We had quite a trip finding the Summerlin Theatre — actually drove past it about four times — but find it we did. Our seats were front row, center. When we first sat down we thought we were too close to the stage. Turns out it was the perfect place to be. I imagine Pharoah flirts with a woman in the front row during every performance, but this performance it was me! Be still my heart.

I absolutely loved, One More Angel in Heaven, and Benjamin Calypso, but I’d have to say my favorite part was, Song of the King, When Pharaoh, as Elvis, sang and did his pelvis gyrations for me. I just about drooled laughed myself silly. It was wonderful fun.

This is the third Signature Production I have seen, and I must say I haven’t been disappointed by any of them. For community theater, this is a darn professional group. The dancing was spectacular — complete with the gymnastics we didn’t think we’d get to see from an amateur’s ensamble.

I had a great time. That ticket is probably one of the best gifts LB has ever given me. In fact, I was in such a good mood that I consented, without thought, to turning south on Maryland Parkway off of Desert Inn. The moment I made the turn I remembered it was a bad idea — and a worse neighborhood. And anybody who knows where I work and where I run my children’s ministry knows that if I’m nervous, the neighborhood has to be pretty dang bad.

We were going to the Arby’s because LB was hungry. We arrrived in the Arby’s driv-thru 4 minutes after the store closed. LB freaked. “Why would they close at 10 p.m.?” I told her to look around — and that I wouldn’t work that late in that neighborhood. Because of road dividers we had to drive around the block (the blocks are a mile squared) to get back to DI. Once on DI, LB asked me if we could try Taco Bell. I told her I wasn’t turning right on Maryland Parkway again. We ended up at a Mickey-D’s in a much nicer neighborhood.
All in all, the night was quite an adventure. I am back home now. It’s a quarter to midnight, I am humming, Any Dream Will Do, and I am not the least bit sleepy.

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. OK, Quilly, just for that I’m keeping my crew shirt from the “Joseph” production that I performed in (the pit orchestra) earlier this year. :*

  2. That is one I have NEVER seen and I soooooo want to! I was at the “theater” last night too — sorta. We went to see OLIVER! at the kids high school! Those kids always do such a darn good job with their plays! Especially the musicals! It was great! MY school is doing Thoroughly Modern Millie next weekend. I’m looking forward to that too!

    How did MARYLAND Pkwy get such a bad name??? I protest!

  3. OC — of course you’ll be keeping your shirt, however if any starlets came with it they have to go. :*

    Melli — I laughed all the way through the show. Come here and see it with me. I’d go back!

    As to Maryland Pkwy — it is a very big street and only a couple blocks of it has a bad rep — and the cops are trying hard to clean it up. Most of the problem isn’t on Maryland Pkwy itself, but in the neighborhood behind it. We were just a little too close for comfort.

  4. Quilly-Sister, I LOVE community theater. I’m envious. Glad you got to go, and that you had such a good time. I was laughing like crazy reading this – thinking of the last couple of ‘gifts’ you received from LB! And how there are always ‘attachments’!!

    P.S. You need to call Jean today, you know it’s her birthday. It’s always her birthday – two days before YOUR birthday!

  5. Quilly-Sis, forgot to tell you – Caryl and I went to Oregon last year to see CL in a musical. She is SO good. I wish I could see every play she does!! And I wish you could see one.

  6. Sounds like a wonderful evening minus the fear factor! Happy you enjoyed yourself and returned safetly to continue your songs!!! 🙂

  7. Jackie — I already called Jean and wished her a happy birthday. Your birthday I forget. Harold’s birthday I forget. The April birthdays I remember.

    I would love to see one of CL’s plays. Caryl told me about the one you saw together. She said CL is very good and has a gorgeous singing voice.

    Pauline — the fear was of possibilities, rather then actualities – -we didn’t hang around long, though!

    Doug — you would say. Pft.

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