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Cast set for CCHS production of ‘Dreamcoat’

Cast set for CCHS production of ‘Dreamcoat’
Madi Lincoln, McKenna Oleson and Darian Cleveland sing through their dialogue during a recent rehearsal of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” The three will share the coveted role of “Narrator” in the upcoming CCHS fall musical production. (Photo submitted.)
By James Grob, jgrob@charlescitypress.com

Rehearsals began this week for the upcoming production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” which will be presented as this year’s fall musical by the Charles City High School music and drama departments.

Production dates will be Friday through Sunday, Nov. 1-3 at the North Grand Auditorium. Auditions for the show were last week, and roles were awarded on Monday of this week.

The title role of “Joseph” will be played by Nathan Shultz, while the coveted role of “Narrator” will be shared between McKenna Oleson, Madi Lincoln and Darian Cleveland. Dozens of students will portray the roles of the Brothers, the Wives, Chorus and Dancers. The production will also have a children’s choir made up of about 30 grade-school students.

The musical, with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, is based on the biblical “coat of many colors” story of Joseph in the book of Genesis. Its family-friendly story, familiar themes and catchy music have resulted in tens of thousands of stagings.

The show has only a few lines of spoken dialogue; it is almost entirely sung through. The music is presented in a variety of styles, including french ballads, old-time rock and roll, country-western, 1920s dance and swing and calypso and jazz, among others.

The show was first produced in the United States in the early 1970s, first appeared on Broadway in 1982 and was nominated for six Tony Awards. The title role of Joseph has famously been played by former teen idols such as Donny Osmond and David Cassidy.

Cast of CCHS Production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”
Joseph
Nathan Shultz
Narrators
McKenna Oleson, Madi Lincoln, Darian Cleveland
Wives
Anna Herbrechtsmeyer, Teagan Prigge, Emma Schmiedel, Kiarra Mashek, Jacie Wink, Sydney Spieker, Sophia Jensen, Avery Merta, Emily Woodard, Lily Woodard, Ella Rogstad
Brothers
Isaac Hervert, Levi; Christian Howe, Naphtali; Lance Shivers, Issachar; Sincere Collins, Asher; Aaron Montemayor, Zebulun; William Wilson, Dan; Breyer Ellison, Benjamin; Griffin Franksain, Simeon; Cade Williams, Gad; Trimel Christian, Reuben; Anders Haglund, Judah; Nick Rodriguez.
Other roles
Sincere Collins, Pharaoh; Aaron Montemayor, Butler; Jacie Wink, Baker; Cade Williams, Potiphar; Cassie Foxen, Mrs. Potiphar.
Chorus
Olivia Litterer, Eliza Wolford, Katie Cross, Sydney Otto, Eboni Patterson, Elizabeth Oleson, Elise White, Bailey Mhyre, Olyvia Zuspan, Jillian Mutch, Emily Usher, Cloey Usher.
Dancers
Olivia Litterer, Elizabeth Oleson, Cassie Foxen.
Solo Dancer
Harper McInroy.
Children’s choir
David Garcia, Ayla McCabe, Sophia Calpito, Isabella Knecht, Hannah Knecht, Layla Barry, Layla Evans, Lamiyah Peavy, Deacon Cleveland, Silas Cleveland, Adeline King, Katie Haglund, Emily Holzer, Carter Mack, Joey Robel, Fiona Kellogg, Kayla Streich, Miyah Stevenson, Alexuz Ohlendoff, Emry Shannon, Joslyn Bormann, Brynn Roethler, Hayden Dybevik, Dom Wilson, Dana Jacobs, Isaac Sapp, Jonah DeVore, Brooklyn Warnke, Devony O’Brien, Aubrey Michael.
Tech Crew
Costumes
Josie Groesbeck, Kalysta Rodriguez.
Make-up
Jamie Olerich, Haley Larson.
Curtain/Scrim
Rosie Baldus.
Stage Crew
Kristin George (Stage Manager), Jacquelyn Rutherford (Assistant Stage Manager), Aliya Rodemaker (Prop Master), Matthew Hammond, Kali Jones, Jadince Schuttler, Bailey Schweiger, Kirah Vickerman, Hannah Hitchcock.
Lights
Hannah DeVore, Abby Wedeking, Tyrell Baglan, Shyanne Hennick.
Sound
Kylie Effle, Katie Prichard.

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