Youth present ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’

The Youth Performing Arts cast of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

The Youth Performing Arts cast of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

More than 50 area youth from grades 7 to 12 will appear in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” opening this weekend at Forest Hills Church, 1790 11th SE St.  in Forest Lake.

This humorous retelling of the Biblical story of Joseph, an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical with lyrics by Tim Rice, was first performed in 1968. The title is based on the “coat of many colors” story from the book of Genesis.

The current production is by Youth Performing Arts, a Christian organization that has served the community since 1999.

Amanda Hennen is one of the three singing narrators.

Amanda Hennen is one of the three singing narrators.

The show features a lot of catchy music and little spoken dialogue. Even the narrators sing.

The story line (while not entirely Biblical, with its modern pop additions) is family-friendly, although the seduction scene may be uncomfortable for some.

This weekend’s shows are at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11, Saturday, Jan. 12, and Sunday, Jan. 13. A 3 p.m. showing is also offered on Saturday, Jan. 12.

The last chance to see the musical will be next weekend, when the group offers both 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. showings on Saturday, Jan. 19 and Sunday, Jan 20.

Tickets are free but should be reserved in advance to ensure a seat. A free-will offering will be taken at the door. For reservations call 651-433-3085 or visit youthperformingarts.org.

YPA produces at least two shows each year using a volunteer staff of parents, former participants and community members.

There is no audition required to participate, but starring roles are awarded based on auditions.

Zach Marleau is favorite son Joseph. His father, Jacob, is played by Stephen Tonkinson.

Zach Marleau is favorite son Joseph. His father, Jacob, is played by Stephen Tonkinson.

“Joseph” stars Zach Marleau as Joseph, Stephen Tonkinson as Jacob, Jack Rudman as Potiphar and Brianna Flasch as Mrs. Potiphar.

Molly Boland, Erica Raphael, and Amanda Hennen are the narrators.

Joseph’s eleven brothers are played by Hannah Mack, Jack Rudman, Christian Forster, Blaine Anderson, Jeanette Spanjers, Tyler Anderson, Grayson DeWolfe, Ryan Sudo, Kellie Wambold, Jared Thiele and Nathan Brown.

Kristen Thiele is the butler and Shay Behrends the baker.

The band includes Dan Nelson on guitar, David Raphael on bass guitar and Ryan Moen on drums, with Maurya Laqua and Jean Laqua on piano and keyboard.

The group is funded in part by the Hallberg Family Foundation. Forest Hills United Methodist Church provides performance space. Tax-deductible contributions are welcome.

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