By Kristen Miller
COKATO, DASSEL, MN Dassel-Cokato Community Theatre is gearing up for its summer production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Tickets are on sale now for four July performance dates.
With 63 cast members of all ages the youngest being 4 years old rehearsal is well underway for the popular Broadway musical.
Based on the Bible’s Old Testament story of Joseph and his coat of many colors, it’s mostly an ensemble show with only a few solo parts, according to director Dave Metcalf.
This is Metcalf’s second time directing this musical, with the last being a high school fall musical at Dassel-Cokato in 1997.
The music was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, who is also known for popular musicals like “Phantom of the Opera,” “Cats,” and “Evita.”
The lyrics were written by Tim Rice, who has worked closely on musicals with Webber, and became popular on film in 1991 with lyrics from Disney’s “The Lion King.”
Musical director in the local production is Randy Wilson, former Cokato resident and current director of the Litchfield Area Male Chorus.
“He’s going to do a great job for us,” Metcalf said.
This is Wilson’s first musical, but he has directed the male chorus for 10 years and has a masters in music.
For him, it’s all about the cast.
“I am really pleased with the people we had try out,” Wilson said. He is having fun working with the cast.
“It’s going to be a good show for the communities,” Wilson commented.
The performance, which is all done in song, is geared for the whole family.
“I’m just so excited about the whole production,” said Colleen Compton, Community Education coordinator.
There will be two opportunities for the community to get a sneak peek; Thursday, July 8 at the Mushroom in Dassel, and Tuesday, July 20 at First Baptist Church in Cokato with the West Central Christian Seniors.
The story as told by three narrators, Melissa Opsahl, Tynelle Marshall, and Kristi Metcalf tells of Joseph, played by Jox Metcalf, who was given a coat of many colors by his father, Jacob, played by Harvey Peterson.
With the father showing favoritism, Joseph’s 11 brothers become jealous of him, and he becomes an outcast and is sent to Egypt as a slave.
When Joseph realizes he can interpret dreams, he interprets the Pharoah’s (played by Bob Kampa) dream, and warns him of a drought and famine.
Later, when the brothers travel to Egypt in search of food, Joseph forgives them for their betrayal.
The brothers are played by Tim Gosswiller, Phil Haataja, Eric Ellwoods, Brandon Densmore, Tom Nelson, Bradley Moore, Desmond Hicks, Neal Hungerford, Brian Kotila, and Tom Johnson.
Their wives are played by Becky Hungerford, Sandy Tanner, Sandy Stertz, Jane Ryan, Brie Colt, Sarah Arlien, Julia Torgersen, Patti Kampa, Janel Sherk, and Adriene Haataja.
Other cast members include: James Frickstad (Benjamin), Erick Carlsted (Potiphar), Deb Moen (Potiphar’s wife) Sam Kampa (butler), and Jim Levinski (baker).
The Egyptian guards are played by Eric Arlien, Jesse Fong, Tyler Lehman, Zach Kaiser, Ryan Peterson, Brian Collins, Carter Westling, and Andrew Jacobsen.
The Egyptian dancers are Natasha Tanner, Ashley Buddes, Alison Basney, Caroline Duncan, Tickets on sale now for ‘Joseph and the Amazing Techincolor Dreamcoat’
There will only be four opportunities to see the community performance of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Show dates are Thursday, July 22 through Saturday, July 24 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 25 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $13 for adults and $5 for students and youth. Tickets can be purchased through Community Education.