For those looking for a fun night out before the Christmas juggernaut begins, consider attending a performance of the perennial favorite, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” – set for five shows at Cambridge-Isanti High School’s Hardy Performing Arts Center. 

“‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ is a fantastic re-telling of the story from Genesis,” according to director Jared Faust. “With exciting music that spans multiple genres, there is something for everyone to love.”

Over 70 students from Cambridge-Isanti high school, middle and elementary schools will bring the musical to life over the next two weekends. 

“The story begins with Joseph, Jacob’s favorite son, receiving a multi-colored coat,” Faust said. “This frustrates his brothers enough to kidnap him and sell him into slavery.  Fortunately for Joseph, his ability to interpret dreams helps him rise from slavery to the rock-and-roll Pharaoh’s second in command. After his brothers leave Canaan due to a famine, he is finally able to reconcile with his family and wear his multicolored coat once more.”

Faust and assistant director Aaron Knudsvig chose the play because they wanted something that both students and the audience would be excited about.  

“The students have been fantastic,” Faust said. “They have an amazing energy that has been so exciting to watch.”

The play has only a few lines of spoken dialogue and is conveyed almost entirely in song. Three narrators or “Sunday School teachers” sing Joseph’s life story to a group of young students and the audience, punctuated by song and dance numbers by the characters. 

“Even though most of the songs are really well-known,” Faust said, “setting them to dance and learning harmonies has been a lot of work. However, the students’ hard work is paying off, and they look and sound amazing.”

The show includes songs in a variety of musical styles including: a French ballad, Elvis-inspired rock and roll, country western, 1920s Charleston, Calypso, jazz and 1970s go-go. 

“This show has been so much fun to work on,” Faust added, “and is going to be so much fun to watch.”

He thanks the students, parents and supportive school community for making the shows possible.  

Opening weekend will have performances at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, and Saturday, Nov. 16. 

The following weekend’s shows will start on Friday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m., with another 7 p.m. performance on Saturday, Nov. 23. The final performance will be a Sunday matinee on Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. 

Tickets are on sale an hour before the shows begin or at www.showtix4u.com. Cost is $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Cambridge-Isanti students are only $5.

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