Xavier Players are staging "Joseph and Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" through this weekend

A Cincinnati native, now a set designer in Los Angeles, is creating the sets for the production | October 8, 2008

A Cincinnati native who is now a Los Angeles-based set designer is creating the sets for the Xavier Players’ initial production of the 2008-209 season, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” being presented Oct. 16-19 in the Gallagher Student Center Theatre.

Born in Cincinnati in 1953, Alex Hutton earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Denison University in 1975, but his greatest passion was theater. He acted, directed and designed scenery during the 1970s and by the mid 1980s focused primarily on design and painting for the stage.

He has worked in live theater in many cities. From 1991 to 2004, he was a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 in New York City. There he painted backdrops and hard scenery for more than 50 Broadway shows.

“My professional life has always been rooted in the theater,” Hutton says. “I design sets for regional and college theaters and, for the past 15 years, have painted scenery for Broadway shows and the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. My fine art has always been a counterbalance to my theater career. While theater is essentially a collaborative effort, studio art is a solitary search for a personal vocabulary of image and media.”

The musical will be performed at 7:30 p.m. each day in the Gallagher Student Center Theatre with an additional 1:00 p.m. matinee Oct. 18 during Xavier’s Family Weekend. Tickets are  $15 each, $7 for Xavier students, faculty and staff, and can be reserved at 513-745-3576. Callers can leave a message any time of day at 513-745-3939.

“Joseph” is directed by Cathy Springfield, Director for Performing Arts, with Danny Manning as music director and choreography from a team of hip-hop specialists from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music.

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is the second musical written by the team of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice and is based on the “coat of many colors” Biblical story. It ran for 749 performances on Broadway in the 1980s. A family-friendly show with catchy tunes, there is no spoken dialogue. The show runs just under two hours.