Are you prepared to follow the inspiring adventure of Joseph and his amazing technicolor dream coat?
Posted on 6/27/15
By Melissa Anderson
The Frost Fire Theater invites you to enjoy the biblical story of Joseph as he endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged.
Set to a vibrant assemblage of musical styles including country-western, pop, and rock’n’roll, this Old Testament story emerges as a tale that a person of any age can enjoy.
“Audiences of all ages will enjoy this high energy and delightful production. The story is timeless and universal,” Heather Williams, who will be directing and acting in the production this year, stated.
“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is based on the Old-Testament tale of Joseph. Joseph is his father’s favorite son and is blessed with prophetic dreams. His jealous brothers sell him into slavery and Joseph is taken to Egypt, where he endures a series of events that challenge both his spirit and humanity.
Eventually, Joseph’s brothers unknowingly find themselves groveling at their brother’s feet, whom they no longer recognize, after they have suffered greatly. After testing the integrity of the siblings who betrayed him so long ago, Joseph reveals himself which leads to a heartfelt reconciliation of the sons of Isreal.
“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” was one of the first large productions produced at Frost Fire in the summer 1987. Richard and Judith Johnson, the producers, made a great choice in, once again, bringing the musical story of Joseph to life on their stage.
There are nineteen cast members, with many new faces and a few familiar ones. The cast members vary from recent high school graduates, to college students and a few university theatre professors.
“I love the atmosphere of the Frost Fire stage and being surrounded by the magical beauty of the Pembina Gorge. It is truly an unique experience for actors and audiences alike,” Williams stated.
The Frost Fire Summer Theater celebrates their 31st year this summer and their 29th year in providing this corner of the state a unique experience in the enjoyment of Broadway theater productions.
The theater itself provides an indoor theater feel with a lot of outdoor flair as the entire complex has a roof over it but with the open sides, the beautiful Pembina Gorge gives an amazing nature experience as theater goers enjoy the performance.
The Johnsons have maintained the theater in such a way as to provide the best Broadway experience with a twist. Many will find it a refreshing change that will make the Frost Fire Summer Theater a yearly trip.
“We updated all of the sound system along with the lights,” Judith Johnson stated.
The theater has individual seats for 415 attendees, and with a pit for live music the Pembina Gorge will be ringing with the music of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” all summer.
The Johnsons do their best to make the production selected each year the best that it can be. The process usually starts in late December through January with the selection of the next production.
“North Dakota has wonderful theater productions going on, and there are a lot of productions. It’s a big job to make a decision on what show we want to do,” Johnson said.
From that point on, the audition process is handled by the Johnson’s experienced team including the director of the production, the music director and the choreographer.
“The most important thing is that our directors are always the top people,” Johnson stated.
Getting the best performers isn’t the only priority for the Johnsons when they prepare for the summer theater. They also do their best to provide excellent food for those who come before the show and also have a gift shop for souvenirs.
The gift shop features local artists from the area and has merchandise including paintings, local author’s books, and jewelry.
Overall, the Frost Fire Theater has a great show and will be an enjoyable experience for families this year. With a great show, good food, and shopping the theater offers a little bit of everything.
“It is a wonderful musical. Children will enjoy this musical more than other musicals,” Johnson said.
Performances will take place on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays beginning June 27. Matinees will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and Sundays with evening performances at 6 p.m. on Saturdays. Tickets are $12 for children and $28 for adults. Grill menu, group tickets and Canadian rates are available by calling Frost Fire at 701-549-3600.