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Desert Stages Theater Presents 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Opens Fri., May 25  and Continue through Sun., June 24
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Scottsdale, Ariz. (Ap. 19, 2012) - A colorful tale of biblical proportion takes the audience on a journey through the power of forgiveness and the importance of overcoming challenges as Desert Stages Theater's Children's Series presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Fri. May 25 - Sun., June 24.
Based on the story of Joseph, found in the Book of Genesis, the favored son of Jacob is sold into slavery by his own brother. Joseph faces hardships and challenges but with wisdom and faith, overcomes to become governor of Egypt. Joseph is later confronted with the toughest decision when he encounters his brothers and has to choose whether to take the path of forgiveness.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat originally premiered to the public in 1968 as a short pop cantata by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Tim Rice. Through the decadesJoseph has expanded, transformed and graced major stages such as London's West End, Broadway and more. With several revitalizations and a 1999 film starring Danny Osmond,Joseph has become a musical classic and is currently touring through the United Kingdom.
DST's Children's Series has guided the development of thousands of youngsters since its founding in 1995. In this show, as in most of DST's children's productions, multiple leads are cast to create as many opportunities as possible for the young actors. This show enlists the talents of four young leads for the show's two casts. The leads alternate depending on the show date.
Despite expanded opportunity for young thespians, the quality of each DST production is always at the forefront of Children's Series productions.
Tickets Online & by Phone. Tickets for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat are available online; or by phone, 480.483.1664, and also at the theatre box office, 4720 N. Scottsdale Road, north of Scottsdale Fashion Square, next to Coco's restaurant. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 (adults) and $12 (children) day of performance.
Mainstage Series. DST's Mainstage Series will re-take Cullity Hall, after Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat completes its run June 24, to present Rent which opens Fri., July 13, and continues to Sat., Aug. 11. Visit for details.
Actor's Café Series. Presently playing in this intimate 70-seat jewel of a theatre is The Altar Boyz, through May 20.  Classic comedy The Odd Couple follows in the Actor's Café Series, Fri., June 8 through Sun. Aug. 26. Visit for details.
About Desert Stages Theatre. A bustling community playhouse, Desert Stages Theatre in Scottsdale, Ariz., is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3, founded in 1995, and presents more than 400 performances every season, from August to July.  Three show schedules occur throughout the year: Actor's Café performances in the intimate, proscenium-style 60-seat theatre; the Mainstage Series in Cullity Hall, an innovative theatre-in-the-round; and the Children's Theatre Series, also performed in Mainstage Cullity Hall.  DST also operates a theatrical academy, regularly hosts talent shows ("Show Your Stuff"), and offers a variety of music, dance and other classes open to the community.  DST is led by cofounder and executive director Laurie Cullity; and artistic director Terry Helland.  Additional cofounders are Joan Thompson and the late Gerry Cullity.  Included in each DST season are children's productions of original scripts, musical scores and lyrics by cofounder Cullity whose works are still relished six years after his passing.  Desert Stages has developed thousands of thespians, young and old, many with compelling personal stories of triumph and major stage success, and all of whom perform at DST for the pure love of the theater.


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