Do dreamers ever succeed? In today’s society of facts and figures, it can be hard to imagine a person finding success as a dreamer, but that is the story of Joseph, the title character in the Vermilion Players’ latest children’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
     With 103 children, ages 6 to 15, under the direction of Jerry Keck, who is celebrating his 30th year of directing Vermillion Players Children’s Theatre, the annual children’s production offers a family-friendly story with familiar themes and catchy music. Performances will be held at Chautauqua Park from July 11 to 15 at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening an hour earlier.
    Set mostly in Egypt, before the birth of Christ, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” tells the biblical story of Joseph, played by Jarod Chmiel, the favorite son of his father, Jacob (Aaron Hughes). Joseph faces jealousy from his 11 brothers because of his coat of many colors, a symbol of their father’s preference for him.
    With jealousy in their hearts, Joseph is sold by his brothers as a slave to some passing Ishmaelite traders who, in turn, sell Joseph to Egyptian aristocrat Potiphar (Aaron Hoover).
    However, Joseph rises through the ranks of slaves and servants until he is running Potiphar’s house. When his master’s wife (Jozalyn Jones) makes advances toward him one evening, Joseph turns her down, but not before his master barges in, sees the two together and jumps to conclusions.
    Outraged, he throws Joseph in jail. From inside his cell, with a blue spotlight shining on him, Chmiel made the sorrowful second to last song of the first act of the musical, “Close Every Door,” his own. As he sang, other children walked in a circle around him with candles in their hands.
    While in jail, Joseph meets two prisoners — a butler and a baker — who are former servants of the Elvis-like Pharaoh (Mason Christianson). Both have had bizarre dreams, which Joseph interprets, something he has become known to doing accurately, for them. Upon hearing his dream explanations, the rest of the prisoners surround Joseph and encourage him to continue to develop his gift.
    Their encouragement is followed by the uplifting “Go, Go, Go, Joseph.” During the song, the whole cast jumped, danced and sang dressed in a rainbow of colors.
    At the beginning of the second act, Pharaoh is having dreams that no one can interpret. One of the servants tells him of Joseph and his ability to interpret dreams. Pharaoh orders Joseph to be brought in from jail and the king tells him about his dream.
    Joseph interprets Pharaoh’s dream about an impending famine and is soon put in charge of carrying out the preparations needed for the people of Egypt to endure the famine. Soon, Joseph becomes the most powerful man in Egypt, second only to Pharaoh himself.
    Meanwhile, the famine has caught up with Joseph’s brothers. They hear that Egypt still has food and decide to go there to beg for mercy and to be fed.
    They arrive, hat in hand, so to speak, and do not recognize their brother, though Joseph recognizes them.
    Will Joseph forgive his brothers who sold him into slavery? Will the brothers recognize their brother in his new position of authority? Find out by attending this summer’s children’s production.
     The cast of characters also includes the brothers, Reuben (Aaron Hoover), Simeon (Gabe Travis), Levi (Jimmy Birkett), Naphtali (Joe Gilmor), Issachar (Conrad Skrzypiec), Asher (Jacob Orndorff), Dan (Jude Vincent), Zebulon (Ethan Kane), Gad (Gus Koeller), Benjamin (Casey Rients) and Judah (Vin Clifford-Hannibal).
    Also in the cast are Butler (Levi Rients), Baker (Nolan Hansen) and Lively Lad (Logan McCabe).
    Serving as narrators throughout the show are Isabelle Buchenau, Cori Martin, Olivia Schickel and Camille Stadler.  
    Wives are Alexa Bennett, Glo Birkett, Emma Donze, Keagan Hall, Megan Henkel, Addisyn Holzhauer, Jozalyn Jones, Brooklyn McBride, Sidney Necheles, Ava Nollen, Claire Nyi, Paityn Richardson and Sara Teske.
    Jacob’s servants are Mason Christianson and Clara Haas.
    The song “One More Angel in Heaven” is performed by Katie Borders, Zane Buchanan, Grasey Cool, Sophia Karr, Rosie Krenz, Sienna Metz, Samantha Myers, Alix Robinson, Lauren Russow, Tiffany Rustman, Olivia Yedinak, Dani Taylor and Katharine Silder.
    Adoring girls are Avery Butler, Ella Cooper, Olivia Edinger, Kaisha Evans, Avery Horning, Kasi Hughes, Elena Kane, Rachel Krominga, Annalyse Mathe, Cora Morris, Meeya Prawl, Hannah Ricketts, Krysti Skrzypiec and Brianna Wurl.
    The Egyptian boys are Abram Cutrell, Jake Davis, Nolan Hansen, Elijah Hartke, Michael Jones, Brody Karr, Logan McCabe and Levi Rients.
    Ishmaelite leads are Joshua Hartke, Jayvion Maxon, Tanner Norman, Toby Silder, Kooper Wiles and Isaac Yedinak.
    Others in the Ishmaelite caravan are Nathan Buchenau, Phoenix Butler, Patrick Diaz, Ivan Morris, Ian Silder and Henry Yedinak.
    Corn and star dancers are Ella Ashcraft, Natalie Borders, Nola Dial, Emmalee Hammer, Mara Hansen, Alexis Legner, Ashlyn McCabe, Ava Metz, Abbie Rapp, Hayley Swiech and Maddie Sancken.
    Children’s choir members are Jewel Chapman, Anna Cutrell, Isla Davis, Elizabeth Hansen, Tiffany Legner, Claire Rodino Brittany Rustman, Trinity Smith, Alyssa Taylor, Katelyn Taylor, Lexi Taylor and Caitlin Teske.
    Tickets are $10 per person, with prices of $6 for children aged 12 and under and $8 for seniors aged 62 and up. Tickets are available at the door the night of the performance, or online at vermillionplayers.com.