Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat comes alive on Cambridge stage

In January, a group of local parents had a dream to create a new experience for middle school and high school students in the Cambridge area.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be performed May 24-27 at Cambridge Lutheran Church. The performances are free, but a $5 donation to help cover costs and a canned good for the food shelf are welcome.

Their vision was to provide an entirely different approach to the theatre experience for both audience and participant; transform a big-city Broadway production into an intimate ensemble piece where the action occurs within feet of the entire audience. They decided to produce Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat due to its immediate recognition with audiences and popularity as family entertainment. The production was made possible by Cambridge Lutheran Church opening its doors to Cambridge Center for the Arts events.

About the musical 

This iconic musical tells the biblical story of Jacob’s favorite son Joseph, who is blessed with the ability to interpret dreams. His brothers become insatiably jealous after their father presents Joseph with an amazing coat; selling him into slavery. Eventually, Joseph is sold to a wealthy Egyptian captain named Potiphar.

Despite refusing the advances of the captain’s wife, Joseph is sentenced to prison. Everything seems to be lost, but Joseph’s ability to interpret Pharaoh’s dreams win him a royal pardon. He soon becomes one of the most powerful men in Egypt. As Joseph predicts, severe famine strikes the land, forcing Joseph’s brothers to beg for food in Egypt. In his role as Minister of Agriculture, Joseph recognizes his brothers. He decides to seek revenge for their attempted fratricide by placing a golden cup in a younger brother’s sack.  They beg for mercy, imploring that any of them take Benjamin’s place. Seeing their genuine penitence, Joseph reveals himself and sends for his father. The two are reunited for a happy conclusion.

Meet the cast

The ensemble cast includes: Katrina Barnes, Isabelle Barrett, Miranda Cain, Christian DeMars, Deanna Fixell, Jake Fixell, Thomas Hamilton, Clara Jacobus, Joe Lind, Lucas Parsons, Caylee Perra, Collin Perra, Erika Schmeig, Jenny Skalicky, Mitchell Tillges, and Sarah Titus. Caylee Perra, Jenny Skalicky and Stephanie Medin function as stage managers and technical assistants.

In addition to exceptional performances by this group of talented youth, the production team includes musical direction by Dr. Andrew Barrett; staging by Robyn Fixell, colorful scenery by Dr. Wendy Waszut-Barrett, state-of-the art lighting by Paul Fixell, and spectacular costumes constructed by Karin Barfknecht and Penni Hergert.  Additionally, Dr. Barrett and Shirley Geib functioned as vocal coaches and rehearsal pianists.  This production seeks to provide young adults with a performing arts opportunity that promotes creativity, compassion and community. It is also as an opportunity to give back to the community in a tangible way by helping to stock local food shelves.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be performed in the New Fellowship Hall at Cambridge Lutheran Church, 621 Old North Main St., in Cambridge.

Performances are Thursday, May 24 and Friday, May 25 at 5  p.m.;  Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Admittance is free, although a suggested donation of $5 to cover material costs and a canned item for Family Pathways are welcome. Limited seating available.

Email your ticket reservation to bellascena@msn.com or call Wendy at 612-715-6505.

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