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Penguin Project to stage 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat'

Mentor Lucas Sus (left) and Artist Adam Wooten are cast in the Penguin Project's production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." The show will run Sept. 28 through Oct. 1 at Sycamore High School.
Mentor Lucas Sus (left) and Artist Adam Wooten are cast in the Penguin Project's production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." The show will run Sept. 28 through Oct. 1 at Sycamore High School.

Children’s Community Theatre’s Penguin Project will present a show of biblical proportions this fall when they stage “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” Sept. 28 through Oct. 1 at Sycamore High School.

Penguin Project is a theater program that puts children and young adults at center stage, pairing them with non-disabled peers to put on Broadway-style musicals. While building musical and acting skills the program also fosters friendships, strengthens confidence and provides both artists and mentors with an unforgettable experience in which they learn about themselves and others.

The artists and mentors have been working side-by-side to bring their characters to life since May, working to perfect the group’s most ambitious show yet.

“Joseph is a tremendously challenging show, told entirely through song and dance, which is something that we have never attempted,” Tracey Busby, who has directed all seven shows previously staged by the group, said in a news release. “Making it even tougher is that it features a wide array of music – from '50s doo-wop, to country and western to Calypso. It is a show that has something for everyone.”

The show tells the Old Testament of Joseph, one of Jacob’s 12 sons. His brothers grow jealous of Joseph and sell him into slavery in Egypt where he rises to prominence, interpreting dreams for Pharaoh and helping to lead the land through a famine before being reunited with his brothers. The show, written by Andrew Lloyd Weber, is a raucous musical romp featuring a wide variety of music and energetic dancing.

Tickets for the show are available through cast members or can be purchased online at sycamoretickets.org. If tickets remain available they also will be sold at the door. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $6 for students (through college). Children age 2 and younger get in free if they sit on a lap. Shows will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 28-30 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1.

Penguin Project is funded in part through the support of the DeKalb County Community Mental Health Board.

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