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Youth To Present “Joseph” At The Ren

24 Mar , 2018  

The Mansfield Youth Theatre will present Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on the stage of the Renaissance Theatre April 20, 21, and 22 as a part of the Mechanics Bank Education Series. Performances will take place at 7 PM on Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 PM on Sunday. Dauphne Maloney directs the show with music direction by Brian Nabors. Tickets are $15, General Admission and on sale now at the Renaissance Box Office, via phone, and online at MansfieldTickets.com.

A free sensory-friendly performance of Joseph will be offered Saturday, April 21 at 1 PM for families of individuals with special needs. Interested individuals must register for their free tickets by visiting or calling the Renaissance Box Office at 419-522-2726. A limited number of tickets is available for the sensory-friendly performance and no walk-ups will be accommodated.

“The story itself is so very accessible and relatable for audience members of all ages. And, of course, with music and lyrics by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, it’s even more entertaining and almost irresistible,” shares Maloney. “It’s also the 50th anniversary of Joseph, so it’s great to celebrate that anniversary in our own way–by allowing a whole new generation of young people the opportunity to perform the show on the beautiful Renaissance stage!”

The cast is composed of 41 students ages 10-18 from the following schools: Ashland, Clearfork, Discovery – Mansfield, Homeschool, Knox County Career Center, Lexington, Mansfield, Mansfield Christian, Mansfield St. Peter’s, Mapleton, Ontario, Pioneer CTC Performing Arts, Shelby, St. Edward’s – Ashland, Willard, and Wynford.

The cast is led by Kristin Kaufman and McKenna Stoffer, sharing the role of “Narrator,” as well as Tommy Secrist and Christian Shepherd performing in the titular role of Joseph. The cast also includes: Zavier Alterio – Brother; Justus Bartman – Brother; Abby Bechstein – Ensemble; Kadelyn Becker – Ensemble; Hannah Billheimer – Ensemble; Joshua Browning – Brother; Lucas Browning – Brother; Padraig Browning – Brother; Allison Burchett – Ensemble; Seth Hartz – Children’s Chorus; Emma Hutchison-Deehr – Ensemble; Seth Jerebek – Potiphar/Baker; Cassandra Kurek – Wife; Sadie Kurtzman – Potiphar’s Wife; Elyssa Leslie – Wife; Lilly McCready – Children’s Chorus; Caleb Mack – Brother; Grace Masi – Children’s Chorus; Austin Michel – Brother; Ellie Nickoli – Wife; Andrew Pascarella – Brother; Anna Perkins – Wife; Kameran Puster – Brother; Martin Rawls – Jacob/Pharoah; Jenna Reitler – Wife; Grace Riegel – Wife; Naomi Schag – Wife; Payne Schwartz – Children’s Chorus; Katlyn Shrewsberry – Wife; Alex Tate – Ishmaelite; Caleb Tate – Ishmaelite; Grace Them – Children’s Chorus; Dillon Thurber – Brother; Van Winchester – Brother; Grace Yeichner – Children’s Chorus; Bailey Young – Wife; and Brooke Young – Wife.

Told entirely through song with the help of a Narratorthis irresistible family musical tells the story of Joseph, his father Jacob, his eleven brothers, and Joseph’s famous “coat of many colors.” After being sold into slavery by his brothers, Joseph finds himself serving an Egyptian noble, but ends up in jail after refusing the advances of the nobleman’s wife.

While imprisoned, Joseph makes good use of his ability to interpret dreams, and finds himself in front of the mighty, Elvis-inspired, Pharaoh. Joseph’s solution to Egypt’s famine elevates him to become Pharaoh’s right-hand man and reunites him with his family. The energetic musical is full of catchy songs in a variety of styles, ranging from country-western to calypso, along with unforgettable classics, including “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door.”

Originally written and presented as a 20-minute pop cantata by then budding musical theatre composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, the show was first produced in March of 1968 at Colet Court School in London, England. The show was presented and expanded numerous times following its first production, until it was finally produced on London’s West End in 1973 and on Broadway in September of 1982.

Source, Photo: Renaissance Performing Arts Association

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