The classic Old Testament story of Joseph is retold in the exuberant times and music of the 50’s. It’s surfer beats, leather jackets, and surfboards, but the gospel truth remains the same … trust the Lord with all your heart.
That Joe—he’s so dreamy! The year is 1959, and at the family drive-in, Papa Jake’s Fries ’n’ Shakes, Things are hoppin’! But favored-son Joe always seems to have his nose in a Good Book. When the patriarch of the family, Papa Jake, gives Joe his prized leather jacket and turns the business over to him for the summer, things get gnarly. With some “help” from his jealous siblings, Joe finds himself unexpectedly aboard a woody wagon headed to a faraway land of sand, strange customs, and a Pharaoh … er, Great Kahuna … the beach! The ups and downs of the journey remind Joe that God is with Him, and the hurricane force of a food crisis teaches Joe and his reunited family the power of forgiveness.
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Cast List/Character Descriptions
There are 19 speaking roles available for casting in Not Your Average Joe. Any of the roles may be played by a boy or a girl with only slight name modifications in the script. The indications below show how we recorded them on the demonstration recording. Many roles could be played by older youth or adults.
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|Name||Character||Gender*||What They’re Like ...|
|Spinner||A D.J. (disc jockey) at a local radio station||girl||Fast-talking and quick-witted, Spinner is also insightful and wise; serves as the story-teller for the musical (major role)|
|Joe||The younger brother of the family that owns Papa Jake’s||boy||A dreamer and a natural leader, Joe is initially proud but comes to depend solely on the strength and wisdom of God; this role corresponds to the Biblical character of Joseph (major role)|
|Coco||An independent refreshment stand vendor at the beach||girl||Plucky, spunky, and very brave, Coco shares Joe’s adventures and often provides Godly advice (major role)|
|J.D.||The older brother of the family that own Papa Jake’s||boy||J.D. is hard-working and loyal, but also jealous of Joe’s perceived favored position in the family; J.D. is the ring leader of the plot to send Joe away; this role corresponds to the Biblical character of Judah (major role)|
|Annette||One of the siblings of the Papa Jake family||girl||Prone to worry; easily persuaded to follow J.D.’s plot (minor role)|
|Sharon||Another sibling of the Papa Jake family||girl||Prone to be sunny and optimistic; also easily persuaded to follow J.D.’s plot (minor role)|
|Cubby||Another sibling of the Papa Jake family||boy||Prone to do whatever his brothers and sisters tell him to do – especially to follow J.D.’s plot (minor role)|
|Kahuna||The self-proclaimed leader of the beach community||boy||Initially comically pompous and dictatorial, Kahuna is positively affected by Joe’s character and witness; this role corresponds to the Biblical character of Pharaoh (major role)|
|Coleen & Sunshine||One of Joe’s admirers||girl||Giggly and silly; this part can be played by the same girl or by two different girls (minor role)|
|Darlene & Lelani||One of Joe’s admirers||girl||Giggly and silly; this part can be played by the same girl or by two different girls (minor role)|
|Doreen & Gidget||One of Joe’s admirers||girl||Giggly and silly; this part can be played by the same girl or by two different girls (minor role)|
|Shubie||Kahuna’s deputy on the beach||boy||Energetically eager-to-please; this role corresponds to the Biblical character of Potiphar (minor role)|
|Hot Dog||A surfer who transports Joe to the beach in his woody wagon||boy||Classically hip and friendly and perpetually feeling- groovy (minor role)|
|Maxie||A delivery person||girl||Weary and eager to get her job completed (minor role)|
|Mr. Postman||A bike-riding postal worker||boy||Ef cient and punctual (minor role)|
|Baker||A vendor on the beach who sells hot dogs||boy||He willingly accepts his fate (minor role)|
|Papa Jake||Owner of Papa Jake’s Fries & Shakes and the patriarch of the family||boy||Wise, loving and protective of his family; this role corresponds to the Biblical character of Jacob (important role, although he only appears in the nal scene)|
|Orchid||Kahuna’s assistant||girl||Loyal and helpful (minor role)|
|Hibiscus||Kahuna’s assistant||girl||Also loyal and helpful (minor role)|
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