Valley Youth Theatre kicks off 27th season

"Joseph" opened Aug. 14 in the Center Stage Theater at the Herberger Theater Center and runs through August 30. The shows run Thursday to Sunday and times vary according to the day.

Valley Youth Theater kicked off “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” Aug. 14 in the Center Stage Theater at the Herberger Theater Center. The production runs through Aug. 30. The shows run Thursday to Sunday and times vary according to the day.

 

Valley Youth Theatre kicked off its 27th season Aug. 14 with “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” the first of six award-winning productions in VYT’s upcoming season. The show continues through Aug. 30.

The vibrant musical is based on the biblical story of Joseph and his coat of many colors. It follows him as he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt where he endures a series of adventures that test his faith and challenge his spirit.

Staged at the Herberger Theater in Phoenix, “Joseph” features the music of Andrew Loydd Webber with lyrics by Time Rice and includes the hit songs “Any Dream Will Do,” “Close Every Door,” “Benjamin Calypso” and “Go Go Go Joseph.”

“The music is one of my favorite aspects about this show,” says Bobb Cooper, Valley Youth Theatre managing artistic director.

“It showcases the brilliance of merging musical compositions from different times and places.  From the sounds of ancient Egypt to contemporary pop culture, this show has it all:  rock n’ roll, calypso, country and classic.

“This is the first time (Valley Youth Theatre) have produced the ‘Mega Mix’ version,” continues Mr. Cooper.  “We have had a lot of fun with it, adding pop culture references that create a fast paced, high energy show which will delight everyone who comes out to enjoy it!”

Returning to the Valley Youth Theatre stage as the musical’s narrator is Payton Biotto.

“Payton started with Valley Youth Theatre at the age of 9 and she is now almost 16,”  says Mr. Cooper.

“In this story she leads the audience through the triumphs and trials of Joseph with the voice of a seasoned professional.  She has matured into an accomplished performer which I am so proud of.”

Joseph is played by Nathan Sheppard who is a newcomer to the Valley Youth Theatre stage.  He has been seen in productions such as “Les Misérables” and “Footloose” and a short film produced for the Scottsdale Community College Film Festival.

Rounding out the cast of Joseph are many talented, up-and-coming entertainers from around the Valley playing parts that range from the 11 brothers to male and female ensemble parts and the children’s chorus.

“Joseph” is presented in the Center Stage Theater at the Herberger Theater Center.  The shows run Thursday to Sunday and times vary according to the day.

Ticket prices start at $20 and change according to location.  For more information or to purchase tickets call the box office 602-252-8497 or visit www.HerbergerTheater.org.

Established in 1989, Valley Youth Theatre is a professional quality, 501(c)(3) nonprofit theater dedicated to helping young people achieve their full potential through meaningful engagement, education and excellence in the performing arts.

Winner of nearly 100 National Youth Arts awards, Valley Youth Theatre was voted “Best Star-Making Machine” and “Best Live Theater” on azcentral.com, heralded as “Best Place to Take a Bow” by Phoenix Magazine. Rated one of the “Top Ten Places to Become a Future Star” by The Arizona Republic, Valley Youth Theatre produces six main stage shows each season including two at the Herberger Theater Center.

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