Greenfield — Reaching out to embrace the entire community, a priority with new Greenfield School Superintendent Lisa Elliott, is giving the upcoming Greenfield High School fall musical a new feel.
For one thing, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" opening Friday at the school, 4800 S. 60th St., has a 41-voice children's choir that has youngsters from grades three to eight from all the Greenfield public elementary schools. In addition, comedic and character actor Robert Zimmerman appears as Jacob, the father of the 12 tribes of Israel, with his real-life Greenfield High School son, Connor, who plays the leading role of Joseph.
The district's effort to positively move forward together was welcomed by director Colleen Hart.
"I was happy to piggy-back," she said. "The 41-voice children's choir should be pretty impressive."
And she was delighted to have a veteran actor play the part of the patriarch Jacob.
"We wanted an authentic, older looking Jacob," she said. "And he is such a good character actor."
Having both father and son in the same production and even playing a father and son could be a first for the school, she said. At rehearsals they kid each other and even rehearse at home together, she said.
Another feature of the show is cameos by some Greenfield High School staff, including the principal, Hart said.
This was done years ago, she said, "We're bringing back a little nostalgia."
Overall, she predicted that audiences will love the upbeat and catchy music of the Andrew Lloyd Weber score and the colorful costumes. Most of the costumes will be rented from the Falls Patio Players and some are being made by two volunteer teachers — Rachel Schmelling and Lynn Ludwig-Franitza.
The story follows the Old Testament life of Joseph from being sold into slavery by his brothers to his rise to power in Egypt, second only to the pharaoh.
Through the ups and downs of his life, the music shifts genres from country-western, calypso, cha-cha, 1920s jazz and even Elvis songs for scenes with the pharaoh.
In addition to Connor Zimmerman appearing as Joseph and Robert Zimmerman as Jacob, Matt Clarey appears as the pharaoh. Joseph's brothers are portrayed by Judas Lane as Reuben, Joey Krasovich as Judah, Ronald Faleta as Simeon, Eric Effinger as Benjamin, Brandon Reyes as Dan, David Gager as Naphtali, Corbin Heisel as Issachar, Jose Velez as Gad, Brandon Maciejewski as Asher, Wyatt Keaton as Zebulun and Matt Clarey as Levi.
The narrators are Marissa Lewan, Lexie Peterson and Constance Scheffler.
Appearing as slaves/guards are Deven White and Jefrey Juarez; as Angel in Heaven/Wife, Lauren Bednar; as Mrs. Potiphar/Wife, Angela Jaeger; and as wives, Analisa Mundell-Wachowiak, Katie Brzozowski, Lauren Davey, Aliana Cervera, Karina Polacek, Annelise Ward, Miranda M., Samantha Steiner, Ashleigh Wenzel, Jennifer Neuman, Coralynn Flanagan, Emmalee Schuldt, Carley Haakenson, Kelsie Barlow and Aimee Galaszewski.
"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" will be presented at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 1 and 2, 8 and 9, and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10, general, $8 for students and those older than 55. Advance tickets are available online at seatyourself.biz/greenfieldhs.
— Jane Ford-Stewart
AT A GLANCE
WHAT: the musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"
WHEN: 7 p.m. Nov. 1 and 2, 8 and 9; 2 p.m. Nov. 3
WHERE: Greenfield High School, 4800 S. 60th St.
COST: $10, general, $8 students and those at least 55 years old
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