CVCS To Perform ‘Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’
SINCLAIRVILLE — Cassadaga Valley Central School’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is scheduled to be performed for two weekends — Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday matinee at 1:30 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, March 16-17, both at 7:30 p.m.
“Joseph and the Amazing Technical Dreamcoat” is based on the story of Joseph from Genesis Chapter 39. But it’s not just a retelling of a Bible story. It’s a family show with comedy and drama. The musical styles are many — ’50s, Western, Calypso, French cabaret and more.
In fact, the show has virtually no dialogue; it is entirely all sung.
The musical was written in 1965, making this year “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’s” 50th anniversary.
This year J. Nicole Zenns and Shawn Salim are teaming up as co-directors of the CVCS middle/high school annual musical. This is their first time working together as co-directors, although both have about a dozen years of musical experience — Zenns on the musical side especially with pit orchestras and Salim overseeing sets and stage crews.
Zenns actually performed in the pit crew the last time Cassadaga Valley did the show in 1995. Although she has a much bigger role this time around, Zenns is quick to credit parents and other volunteers who have stepped up, helping make the show a success. “We are so supported. This is a musical that truly takes a village,” she said.
Among those giving their support is Stefanie Briggs, CVCS class of 2015, who is in charge of choreography.
There’s also another dozen to 15 parents who are involved in everything from sewing costumes to helping construct the sets.
Salim, too, has been enjoying his experience as a co-director.
“Working with Mrs. Zenns and our incredible cast and crew has made the long hours bearable. The kids have worked so hard to make this production a success. I will miss them all when this is over,” he said.
Cassadaga Valley’s musicals historically involve a number of students and this year is no exception. There’s 44 middle and high school students on stage; 13 students from kindergarten to fifth grade in the children’s choir; eight students in the orchestra pit; and about 20 students helping behind the scenes, as members of the construction and stage crew.
Tickets for the show are $8 for adults and $6 for students. Seats are reserved. To purchase tickets, go to www.cvcougars.org or call 962-8581 ext. 601 between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets purchased on line will have a 50-cent surcharge per ticket. There will also be tickets available at the door.
Lyrics for “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” were written by Tim Rice and the music was by Andrew Lloyd Webber.