Julianne Boyd in Joseph
DeKalb County actors to be featured in Civic Theater production
Actors and actresses from DeKalb County will perform in the Civic Theater’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” From left are Devin Shook, Julianne Boyd, Dawn Yingling and Kerry Yingling.
Posted: Sunday, July 10, 2016 11:00 pm | Updated: 6:25 am, Mon Jul 11, 2016.
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AUBURN — The Fort Wayne Civic Theater will present “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” with four cast members from DeKalb County, this summer.
The musical opens July 23 under the direction of Doug King. It tells the Biblical tale of Joseph from the book of Genesis, with the music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice.
Joseph is a dreamer and the 11th son of Jacob. He is obviously his father’s favorite, and shows a talent for interpreting dreams and telling the future. This gets him into trouble with his jealous brothers, who sell him into slavery, where Joseph endures a series of adventures that test his spirit and humanity.
Julianne Boyd of Waterloo is a part of the ensemble cast of wives who make up a large portion of the production’s song and dance numbers.
Boyd, a 2014 graduate of DeKalb High School, is no stranger to the stage. She was featured in musical productions under the direction of Shelley Johnson, the choir director for DeKalb High School, throughout her high school career, and played the lead role of Elle Woods in the musical “Legally Blonde.”
“I started doing musicals at DeKalb High School, and through show choir, I really fell in love with the director, Kent Johnson,” said Boyd. “He and Shelley really swooned me with musical theater. Josh Sassanella worked with me as well, and I pursued music in college because of them.”
Boyd is a majoring in music education at Anderson University, with future plans to teach and perform.
Fellow cast member Dawn Yingling, formely of Corunna, is also a member of the ensemble cast with a strong background in dance, performing and teaching at Kathy Ann Dance Studio for several years. Yingling and her husband, Kerry, will be performing in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” for the third time.
“The best part of the show is that the ensemble is literally on stage all the time,” said Boyd. “The Megamix at the end of the show is literally nine minutes of just straight dancing and singing. It’s like a recap of the whole show, but it’s almost like a fitness routine. It’s definitely my favorite part.”
Dawn Yingling added, “We’re on stage most of the time, and if we’re not on stage, we’re changing to then go back on stage.
“I like that the musical is just music and dancing and sung straight through,” she said. “There’s no staging, there’s no dialogue, so as a dancer, it’s a great show for me to do.”
Boyd added, “This show is very dance-heavy, so I really like the challenge aspect of it.”
Kerry Yingling, formerly of Garrett, plays the role of Reuben, the eldest son of Jacob. He takes the lead on the song “One More Angel In Heaven.”
“‘Joseph’ was the first broadway musical I saw back in 1992,” he said. “Our director, Doug King, was in that show, and I didn’t know him at the time, but recently I found my old playbill and jokingly went up to him and asked for his autograph.”
Dawn Yingling said of her husband’s solo, “My favorite part of the whole production is watching my husband sing his song.”
Devin Shook of DeKalb County also will being playing one of Joseph’s brothers, Asher.
Kerry Yingling added, “We have a really good cast. A lot of talented actors and actresses this time around.”
Performances of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat include:
• 8 p.m. on July 23, 29 and 30 and Aug. 5 and 6;
• 2 p.m. matinees on Sundays, July 24 and 31 and Aug. 7.
To purchase tickets, people can go online to fwcivic.org or call 424-5220. Prices are adults $29; seniors $24; and ages 23 and younger $17.