Marian Catholic Class of 2012 will present Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat this weekend. Showtime is 7 p.m. on Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29.
The story of Joseph began in the summer of 1967. Andrew Lloyd Webber was asked to write a "Pop Cantata" for the Colet Court Music Department so that the school choir could sing it for their Easter end of the term concert. He immediately approached his friend, Tim Rice, to ask if he would write lyrics for the project. Rice suggested the story of "Joseph."
The first performance of Joseph took place March 1, 1968 and was only 20 minutes long. It was such a success that other concerts were given, an album released, and in 1972, after some adjustments, ran in a London theatre for six weeks from a school hall to West End stage the show was now 90 minutes long.
The history of Joseph in America started with a college production in the 80s, a seven-month run at Ford's Theatre in Washington, transferred to New York, off-Broadway, and was so successful that on Jan. 27, 1982, it moved to the Royale Theatre on Broadway.
Although Joseph has been performed by both professional and amateur companies and by thousands of schools all over the world, Webber's 1993 production is the first to incorporate a children's choir as an integral part of the show. A "mega-mix" was added for an extended curtain call. This version has become very popular for high school and college productions.
The cast of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat includes: Stephen Valente as Joseph; Joanna Butala and Miranda Milillo as the narrators; Brendan McGowan/Thomas Hagenbuch (Sunday) as Jacob, Joseph's father.
Other cast members include: Logan Rutch, Anthony Damiano, Tyler Smarr, Anthony Pilla, Timothy Miller, Jordan Weber, Ryan Kanick, Henry Piascik, Cyril Shickora, Philip Schron, Patrick Koerbler, Geno Brady, Lea Chocolas, Jessica DeLash, Emily DeSantis, Tiffany Grutza, Patrick McGettigan, Molly McMullen, Zachary Mrochko, Emily Betterly, Phil DeSantis, Amanda Esposito, Breanna Esposito, Emily Fannick, Joseph Letcher, Mary Susan McAndrew, Gabrielle Smith, Faith Befano, Amanda Champion, Ashley Fannick, Cassandra Hoben, Taylor Horvat, James McKinley, Rachel Meier, Annete Ritzko, Kayla Rodick, Alexis Keim, Olivia Schugardt, Marissa Webb, Amanda McHugh, Jeanne Cannon, EmmaRose Boyle, Briana O'Donnell, Jacquie Goulstone, Carlie Possessky, Brittni Vernitsky, Ginger Howe, Katelyn Smulligan, Leah-Emily Burger, Shannon Skotek, Alexis Keim, Nicole Bechtel, Kaysi McLaughlin, Kelly Shober and Danielle Tristani.
The play is directed by Judith A. Martini, who also did the musical staging. Robert Valente is the assistant director and stage manager. Michael Brimmer is the musical director. Kelly Daniels-Franks is the choreographer.
Other production crew members include: Anne Caggiano, Annette Bechtel, Louis Ceci, Harold Betterly, Thomas Sirkot, Tyler Smarr, Marissa Webb, Jeanne Cannon, Jacquie Goulstone, Matthew Grega, Ronald Kosar, Carlie Possessky, Dalton Hill, Mary Rose Kassock, Cory Chilinskas, Joseph Hruniuk, Samantha O'Donnell, Stephanie Peel, Kimberly Wilson, Nicole Bechtel, Emily Comensky, Kaysi McLaughlin, Madison Monaco, Kelly Shober, Danielle Tristani, Victoria Vetter, Derek Gaughan, Jeremy Kistler, Molly McMullen, Patrick McGettigan, Mark Mlynek, Clayton Brown, Peter Krebs, Dylan Latham, Zachary Motil, Timothy Rimbey, Tyler Spencer and Joseph Walck.
The orchestra includes: Thomas Bruno, Emily Burger, Gabrielle Fatula, Sara Fatula, Jessica Horlacher, Taylor Horvat, Kelsey Hurst, Christine McCord, Patrick McGettigan, Christopher Postupack, Anthony Stianchie, Mackenzie Sugrue and Joseph Turner.
Those responsible for tickets, publicity and the program include: Maureen Heffelfinger, Rita Nietz, Joseph Dougherty, Mary Davis, Sue Gerhard and Maureen Costello.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is being presented by permission from RH Productions, Inc., New York.
Tickets for each performance will be available at the door.