Rock opera stars over 50 young performers

  • By Andrea McInnis Herald Writer
  • Thursday, August 13, 2009 1:40pm
  • LifeGo-See-Do

Mix music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice with a Bible story turned rock opera featuring more than 50 young performers, and you’ve got Village Theatre’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” a Kidstage program at Everett Performing Arts Center.

The play opens today and runs through Aug. 23.

“There are no written lines that aren’t sung or underscored, giving the students a fun, new experience,” Kidstage program manager Loni Kappus said.

“One song that audiences will particularly enjoy is when they are first introduced to Joseph and his family in ‘Jacob and Sons.’

“Jacob and the Brothers have created very unique characters and gestures, and the ensemble and chorus really help sing them to life right off the bat.”

Also, she said, this fun-for-all-ages Bible story was first written as having one narrator when it became a stage show, but Kidstage director Chris Duhamel instead put five young ladies together in that role, creating a Greek chorus-like effect.

“When we saw the five of them sing all together, we just couldn’t imagine it any other way,” Kappus said.

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” opens at 7:30 tonight at Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett.

Shows are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 23.

Tickets are $10 and $12. Call 425-257-8600 or go to www.villagetheatre. org.

Andrea McInnis: 425-339-3479,

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