LCHS students staging `Dreamcoat’

LCHS students staging `Dreamcoat’

M.D. Kincaid Correspondent

“Fun twists and lots of dancing,” promises Lake City High School performing arts teacher Sandra Seaton of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” opening Thursday in Coeur d’Alene and running through March 13th.

The Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical tells the biblical story of Jacob and his 12 sons, modernized with songs from various eras, including rock, country, French ballads and calypso.

Problems ensue in this otherwise peaceful family when Jacob presents his favorite, and best-looking son Joseph, with an extravagant, multicolored coat, which is proudly worn. Enraged with jealously, the 11 brothers seek revenge by nabbing Joseph and selling him to nomads, who deliver him to Egyptian millionaire Potiphar as a slave.

Potiphar’s wife makes advances toward Joseph, but he refuses and is thrown in jail. Joseph’s knack for interpreting dreams using his magic coat makes him a popular prisoner. Hearing of his talents, Pharaoh bails him out and appoints him the Number Two man in Egypt.

The story evolves when Joseph’s brothers, now living in poverty, travel to Egypt and ask Pharaoh’s assistant for help (not recognizing him as their brother). Joseph initially toys with them but then grants all they desire and reveals his identity, reuniting the family.

Costumes include Elvis, cowboys, French berets and more, all under the guidance of Judith McGiveney, costumer for NIC and the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theater. New York actor Blair Bybee (his extensive resume includes the role of the original “Gilligan” the Broadway version of “Gilligan’s Island”) lends his talents as choreographer and director, along with musical director Judith McGiveney.

Keenan Bianchi, an area performer since age 10, plays the role of Joseph, with Josh Foshee as Jacob, Alex Westby as Potiphar and David Burge as Pharaoh. Next year’s captain of the Lake City High School football team, Corey Morss, playing Joseph’s oldest brother Rueben, says he likes dancing and singing in the musical as much as playing on the gridiron as a lineman.

Nadine Carr, Rachel Barlow and Amanda Cleveland share narrator duties. Kelly Clark, Emily Cleveland, Madi Cuentas, Jenne French, Elizabeth Friedrick, Heather Meyer, Jasmine Miller, Amy Oliveria, Mariya Rider and Rebekah Stringer sing and dance.

Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for students and senior citizens, and $5 for 10 and under and holders of a Lake City ASB card. Special group rates are available, and all seats are reserved.

“This brings a new level of intensity to our program,” said Seaton. She adds the audience will want to sing and dance along with the cast and guarantees “to send you home humming the tunes.”

This sidebar appeared with the story:

Fast facts

What: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” musical.

Where: Lake City High School auditorium.

When: Thursday-March 13, 7 p.m. nightly.

Why: Great talent and a fun performance.

Cost: $7 for adults, $6 for students and seniors, $5 for 10 and holders of Lake City ASB cards.

More information: Sandra Seaton, (208) 769-0769.

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