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Ridgewood presents ‘Joseph’

| March 7, 2013

DSC_0409WEST LAFAYETTE – Students at Ridgewood High School will be presenting Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ to the public on March 21, 22, and 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ridgewood High School.

“We have many talented singers, it seemed as if it was the right time to do Joseph,” said Jill Collins, director. “We just have so much talent and it’s such a fun show and it just all worked out to do Joseph.”

More than 60 high school students are involved with the musical either on stage or behind the scenes. In addition, 16 elementary school children will also be involved in the musical as a children’s choir, which is a great opportunity for students of different ages to work together.

Students have been rehearsing for Joseph since January, spending two and a half days alone learning choreography, which plays a major role in the production. Through all of these rehearsals, the cast and crew have enjoyed getting to know each other, and even eat dinners together on Wednesday and Thursday nights.

“We have a sense of camaraderie,” Collins said. “They’re just enjoying the fun of it.”

What makes this musical so unique is the wide-variety of music and the beautiful costumes, which are being rented from Akron Design, and includes a two-person camel design. The music ranges anywhere from country, calypso, tango, and classical. One of the songs sung by the character Joseph, ‘Close Every Door’, promises to be a real tear-jerker for the audience.

The play is also performed at a fast-moving pace. Although this can be a benefit for the audience, it’s a real challenge for the actors and crew because there are no scene changes and hardly any blackouts on stage.

“That’s been the challenge,” said Collins. “There is no dialogue. You just have to keep moving.”

The play features two narrators, played by Danika Brenneman and Kaylee Schoepe, Joseph, played by Connor Wheeler, and 11 brothers, played by both male and female students.

Tickets are $8 each or $6 for a group of 10 or more, and are available at the high school office or calling 545-6345, or by emailing [email protected].

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I have been employed at the Coshocton County Beacon since September 2009 as a news reporter and assistant graphic artist. I am a 2004 graduate of Newcomerstown High School and a 2008 graduate of Capital University with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing. I am married to John Scott and live in Newcomerstown. We have two beautiful daughters, Amelia Grace Scott and Leanna Rose Scott.

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