By Diana Hammell
Caledonia Area High School will present the musical, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat,” this weekend at the high school.
Joseph, also known as Caledonia senior Evan Privet, said that this production will be a great show. “The whole cast has put a lot of work into this production and it has been a lot of fun putting it on,” Privet said. The cast is made up of a diverse group of kids who all seem to be having a great time working on the production.
First-time musical participant, sixth-grader Taryn Meyer said that she was very excited to be involved. “It’s really fun,” she said. “Being in the musical is really fun,” agreed Hailey Loken, also a sixth grader. “In elementary school we didn’t have the chance to be in this, and I’m really glad to be able to do this now.”
“The play is super fun. The cast all gets along good with each other, and we are really bonding together. The play will definitely be ready by Friday. People will really enjoy it if they come,” senior Mason DeMorett, who plays the character Levi, said.
The musical production brings to life the Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors. Joseph, his father’s favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged. He is purchased by Potiphar where thwarting advances from Potiphar’s wife lands him in jail.
When news of Joseph’s gift to interpret dreams reaches the Pharaoh (wryly and riotously depicted as Elvis), Joseph is well on his way to becoming second in command. Eventually, his brothers, having suffered greatly, unknowingly find themselves groveling at the feet of the brother they betrayed but no longer recognize. After testing their integrity, Joseph reveals himself, leading to a heartfelt reconciliation of the sons of Israel. The story is set to musical styles ranging from country and western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock ’n roll. This Old Testament tale emerges as both timely and timeless.
Cast and crew
The actors are Evan Privet, Emily Adamson, Laura Jergenson, Josef Petit, Eric Meyer, Aaron Goetting, Nick Loging, Katrina Paulsen, David Wagner, Lydia DeMorett, Mason DeMorett, Rebeckah Schroeder, Casey Scanlan, Taryn Meyer and Hailey Loken.
The pit orchestra is directed by Todd Krueger, and the musicians are Sandy Morey, Keenan Siminski, Benny Goetting, Jenna Bohr, Sammi Boyd, Janessa Kruckow, Linsday Hankins and Jessica Kruckow.
The production is directed by Lindsay Mackie with a production crew of Autumn Bornholdt, Julia Jones, Abby Wruck, Monika Patel, Emily DeMorett, Kerrigan Scanlan, Jacob Cuda, Andrew Marschall, Brian DeWitt, Dalton McCann and Philip Paulsen.
Set construction was done by Harvey Goetting, Gary Bubbers, Matt Mackie, Eric Meyer, Jeff Adamson, Derek Adamson, Mike Jergenson and Noah Snell.
Greta Goetting acted as marketing engineer.
Mark your calendars
“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat” can be seen at Caledonia Area High School on Friday, March 7 and Saturday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.
“This musical is really about hope during a desperate time and in desperate circumstances,” Todd Krueger, pit orchestra director, said. “I think we could all use a dose of that especially now with the harsh winter, high gas prices, health problems, etc… that we’ve been having to endure and put up with. God is always in control and will do what’s best for us. The story of Joseph applies to all of us too. Perseverance produces character, and character…HOPE.”