While FOX 26 Chief Meteorologist Dr. Jim Siebert was keeping tabs on the storms, Tuesday night, he had to miss the dress rehearsal of a new production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Siebert plays the role of Pharaoh in the musical – a very Elvis-inspired Pharaoh, at that.
"The dress rehearsal is tonight," said Siebert. "And then the show opens on Thursday so it's one of those concessions. Mother Nature has her timetable but the show must go on."
The rehearsal went on without its Pharaoh. And there is more riding on this show than meets the eye.
It's the first step toward a new community theatre in Katy, with roles played by regular Joes and Janes. Like Elizabeth Brown: accounting assistant by day, singing narrator by night.
"Katy is such a family-oriented town," said Brown. "But I feel like it really needs some performing arts plugged in. For me and a lot of our friends that want to do it on the side but not as a career, it's a great opportunity for us."
Mounting complex productions with a mostly amateur cast presents its own challenges, says director Andrew Noyes, who also plays the role of Joseph. He is especially impressed by the performances of his newcomers.
"That takes guts," Noyes told FOX 26 News. "They came out here and they're trying this for the first time and, man, they'll knock your socks off. And that's what we're trying to build. We want to build our own facility and we're trying to raise money to do that."
On Tuesday, they had to do it without Dr. Jim. But he'll be there for the shows. And his forecast now includes a 60-percent chance of an on-stage encore.
"I have a feeling," admitted Siebert, "since my wife is the musical director behind all of this, I'm guessing that there'll be more appearances in the future."
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