by Lorie Lewis Ham
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat hits the stage at Reedley High School this weekend. Joseph is a musical with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, who also wrote The Phantom of the Opera. The story is based on the Biblical story of Joseph and the beautiful coat that his father made for him, making his many brothers very angry. This is considered a very family friendly show, with universal themes and catchy music. “[Joseph has] great music and the show is really fun,” said Mark Norwood, Kings Canyon Unified School District’s theatre arts coordinator.
The cast is made up of close to 60 young people. The children’s choir includes elementary school and middle school kids, and the rest of the cast are high school students. Carson Rogalsky plays Joseph and has been seen in past RHS shows including West Side Story. Other cast members include:
Jacob/Potiphar: Christian Conway
Reuben: Sam Szpor
Simeon: Nick Chagoya
Levi: David Heinrichs
Naphtali: Jonathan Harris
Isachar: Juan F. Cruz
Asher: Brayan Viziaino
Dan: Steven Haynes
Zebulon: Steven Balladarez
Gad: James Clark
Benjamin: Elliot Santos
Judah: Isaiah Bueno
Other Brother: Cesar Garcia
Narrators: Sarah Clemmer, Mallory Preheim, Frances Callahan, Lilliana Jimenez, Ashlee Toews, Emily Agavo, Alexis Macedo, Kristina Bracamontes
Wives: Shaye Clement, Erin Alvarez, Naomi Haworth, Emily Milton, Vanesa Martinez, Alea Flores
When asked if there were any special challenges to directing this show, Norwood stated, “Every show has special challenges and every day brings new ones!”
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be on stage at the RHS Performing Arts Theater building, 740 W. North Ave., March 20, 21, 27, 28 at 7 p.m. and March 22 at 2 p.m. and March 25 at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for students and $10 for adult and are available at Bike Trax and at the door.
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