Straw Hat stages ‘Dreamcoat’ as part of summer season

Straw Hat Theatre’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” opens Friday at Ashtabula Arts Center.

The third show in the summer season, “Joseph” is an early collaboration between Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, who went on to create “Jesus Christ Superstar” together. It is a retellng of biblical story of Joseph who faces adventure, danger, and destiny when he is betrayed by his jealous brothers.

While most Straw Hat productions are staged outdoors, “Joseph” will use the theater space inside the center, which is more suited for a musical of this scale, according to director Kimberly Godfrey.

“Joseph” will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and July 20-22 and 26-28 at the Ashtabula Arts Center, 2928 W. 13th St., Ashtabula. Theatergoers can get half off ticket prices Sunday by donating items to the Ashtabula County Animal Protective League. APL’s wish list includes canned cat food, dry cat chow, kitten chow, dry dog food, paper towels, Dawn dish soap, cat and dog toys, bleach, and gently-used blankets, towels and sheets. Donors should go to the arts center front desk when they purchase their tickets.

A sensory-friendly performance of “Joseph” will take place July 26 for audiences on the autism spectrum and their families. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the cast at 7 p.m. prior to the performance.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for students, senior citizens and military and $11 for children ages 2 to 11 if purchased in advance. Prices are $17, $15 and $13 the day of the performance. Call 440-964-3396 or visit