Meet the “Joseph” cast: Bright young performers like Emma Schue help CTH’s big-stage musical shine

Howell fifth-grader Emma Schue is part of the colorful cast of CTH's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." Photo by Richard Lim Photography.
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From now until opening night on Nov. 3, the Livingston Post will be profiling cast members of the Community Theatre of Howell’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

One of the hallmarks of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is the show’s youth chorus – the young people who help carry the story along through song and dance.

The Community Theatre of Howell’s production of “Joseph” has a spectacular youth chorus, thanks to talented young performers like Emma Schue of Howell. A fifth-grader at Three Fires Middle School, Emma is already a CTH veteran, with four previous shows under her belt.

“I first became involved with CTH theater when I tried out for ‘Phantom Tollbooth Junior,’ ” Emma said. “I didn’t get a part in that play but I didn’t give up. I knew I wanted to be in a play so I signed up for summer camp and got a lead role in ‘Aristocats.’ That was so fun, and now this is my fifth show one year later, I love it so much.”

The daughter of Rich and Michelle Schue, Emma has been able to enjoy this theater experience with her family – her dad is the show’s co-set build lead.

Last fall, Emma was on stage in CTH’s big musical, “Beauty and the Beast,” playing one of the enchanted objects.

“I loved being a ‘spoon’ in ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ ” she said. “I also loved being a dinosaur in ‘Magic Treehouse: Dinosaurs Before Dark’ because it was all kids and the costumes were really cool.”

With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is based on the Biblical tale of Joseph, found in the book of Genesis. The fun-filled show is filled with messages that Emma loves.

“What I like best about this play is the message that whatever bad things you go through, don’t forget that God has a good plan for you,” Emma said. “Everything will be alright if you believe that.”

The “Joseph” experience has been a great one for Emma, and she can’t wait until opening night on Nov. 3.

“What I like most about this ‘Joseph’ experience is how much I get to learn in singing and dancing,” she said. “It’s inspired me to want to take some dance lessons when the play is over. Also, meeting more new friends has been great.

“I really like how friendly everyone is in CTH,” she added. “I’ve made a lot of friends with each show. They’re my theater family!

Emma Schue

The Community Theatre of Howell’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” takes the stage Nov. 3-5 and 10-12 at the Howell High School Freshman Campus, 1400 W. Grand River Ave. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday each weekend.

Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, available at Finding Roots in Howell, Kahuna Coffee in Hartland, Maria’s School of Dance in Fowlerville, Big Acre in Brighton, and Ed Bock Feed and Seed in Pinckney. Tickets are also available by calling 517-545-1290, or online at cththeatre.org. You can buy tickets by clicking here.

Photo by Richard Lim Photography. Click here for more information.

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Longtime Livingston County journalist Buddy Moorehouse is director of communications at the Michigan Association of Public School Academies.

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