ARKPORT — Broadway comes to Arkport this weekend, thanks to the Hornell Community Theater (HCT) and the Arkport Central School District.

That geo-theatrical agility will bring "Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," the Andrew Lloyd Weber musical hit that has charmed audiences around the world for decades, to the Arkport Central Performing Arts Center (PAC) at 7 p.m. this Friday and Saturday, along with a 2 p.m. matinee performance Saturday.

The Arkport venue is necessary because the Hornell High School multi-million-dollar capital project would make access, parking and stage lighting difficult.

Those familiar with HCT performances know the productions have professional appearing cast, sets and music. That professionalism is a product of the old-fashioned short-cut to excellence: practice, practice and practice, says performance director Eric Prentice.

Everybody involved — actors, musicians, stagehands and lighting crew — has been rehearsing since May, Prentice said.

Prentice is a veteran of dozens of HCT performances as rehearsal musician and keyboardist in what’s unglamorously called the “pit.”

But "Joseph," the HCT verbal abbreviation for this weekend’s musical, marks the first time he’ll sit in the director’s chair. HCT board member Penny Smith and theatrical activist Dawn Harper say rehearsals and Prentice “are going great.”

For this weekend , the PAC pit will be the first few rows of theatre seats.

The musical “looks and sounds terrific,” Prentice said in an Evening Tribune interview last weekend. “Everyone involved, from actors to musicians to stagehands, are experienced HCT volunteers with a professional passion for the show and belief in the song ‘There‘s No Business Like Show Business,’” he said.

The "Joseph" troupe is also international: two French families who work with Alstom will be making their American debuts, Prentice said.

This final week of rehearsals “extend from 5 p.m. until we’re finished,” he said. “That includes each of the 33 adults and 24 children who are cast members.”

Most people understand the plot line from the Bible with the Genesis story of Joseph and his coat of many colors. Joseph’s brothers were jealous of him and Ishmaelites attempted to sell him into slavery.

The Arkport Central PAC became the venue for the Broadway musical through Superintendent Jesse Harper. In addition to convenient parking with no capital project construction crews, the Arkport PAC permits background stage sets to be lifted and stored in an area above the stage called “fly space.”

Sets for most plays are stored in stage wings and need to be tediously pushed around between scenes. At the Arkport PAC stage, scenes are lifted and dropped into place, Prentice said.

The HCT-PAC agreement also offers another advantage to theater-going families: the school district provided the facility and cleaning staff because the first 15 Arkport Central students at each of the three performances are admitted free.

That sounds like a fun quid quo pro for families who want to enjoy a musical evening or matinee.

Tickets for the performance are $8 each and all seats are reserved.

Tickets can be purchased at the performance or by calling Prentice on his cell phone at (607) 968-1970.

Nonstop directing and ticket sales also mean that Prentice is involved in every detail of the performance. He was writing the playbill while explaining community theater volunteerism details and the theatrical term “blocking” to the Evening Tribune theater writer for-a-day. The word means telling actors where they must stand during every second of the performance.

Don’t be surprised when Prentice answers his cell phone: His college major was accounting so he’s well-practiced in every detail of show business from the smell of the greasepaint and the roar of the crowd to debits and credits.