‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ dances onto Washougal stage

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The play tells the story of Joseph, portrayed by Evan Abel, and his colorful coat that his brothers steal from him in their jealousy.

Girls flip over their partner’s shoulders and boys break into dance moves as sounds of people singing “bop-she-wop” fill the air.

Christian Community Theater’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” opened Friday at the Washburn Performing Arts Center in Washougal High School and runs until Aug. 14.

Christian Community Theater is a division of Christian Youth Theatre, and allows people of all ages to audition and perform in shows.

“Dreamcoat’s” cast ranges in age from 8 to 50-something.

This is the first CCT show put on in the Vancouver/Portland area. It has been a lot of fun, said show coordinator Bethany Larson, because a lot of CYT alumni and parents are able to participate in the play.

“The most fun for me has been the kids who have come back,” Larson said about all the CYT alumni who had returned to perform in the show.

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical with lyrics by Tim Rice. The show, based on a biblical story, tells of Joseph, a young man who has prophetic dreams and is therefore his father’s favorite son. His brothers sell him into slavery and he has a series of musical adventures.

CCT’s cast is made up of 48 people, consisting of many current CYT students, alumni, and even some moms and dads.

Janelle Harriman, 17, who plays the narrator, said she is having a great time acting with alumni and parents.

“It’s really cool,” she said. “It’s a really different experience.”

Larson said she is glad they decided to put on their first all-ages show.

Another first is Director Jeremy Lapp. He is new to Vancouver, but has been involved in CYT since he was 5 years old.

In October, Lapp will be taking a show to Broadway but he is happy to be in Vancouver for the summer.

“That’s the best part of directing,” he said, “you get to go different places and meet a whole new group of people.”

Lapp said he is taking a fun approach to “Dreamcoat,” by adding in jokes and dance breaks.

Evan Abeling, 17, who plays Joseph in the production, said he is enjoying Lapp’s directing style.

“It’s really refreshing to have a director who pushes us to do the best we can,” he said.

Larson suggests purchasing tickets in advance.

“This will be a top-quality show,” she said.

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