Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, written by esteemed playwright Andrew Lloyd Weber, is making its way to the CJ auditorium. The CJ Performing Arts department is stepping into some pretty big shoes, as they take on the famous musical that, in film version, starred Donny Osmond.
The musical is taken from the Bible story about Joseph and his 11 brothers. However, this does not mean it will be a boring religious story. The action-packed saga tells the tale of Joseph as he goes through the Bible stories and his vengeful brothers attempt to kill him. It also has quite a bit of humor thrown in. “I’m excited for the opportunities this will give people, and the chances they will have to showcase their talents,” said junior Maddie Brown.
The CJ production stars senior Cari Meixner, juniors Maddie Brown and Caitlin Pearn, and sophomore Kaylee Piatt as narrators and senior Jon Besecker plays Joseph, while fellow senior Trevor Meyers plays the Pharaoh. All six of these headliners are veterans in the Performing Arts department, but Debi Schutt, department chair, does not want to deter newcomers. “One of the reasons we chose this musical was so that we could use it as a recruiting tool,” she said. The large number of male parts made this play particularly appealing to the department.
One quirk of the production is that it will feature 40 students from area elementary schools in a kid’s choir. Also, as opposed to the usual flat set up, the stage has a triangular addition that juts out into the first four rows of the auditorium, creating, according to Meixner, a “surround theatre sort of feeling.”
Another special quirk to this year’s spring musical is that the audience will have more chances to see it. As opposed to the usual four shows over one weekend, the cast will instead put on five shows over the course of two weekends, including a show with freshman understudy David Marshall.
By: Will McKelvey, ‘12
This story was first published in the March 2012 issue of The Ludlow Street Journal, CJ's official student newspaper.