Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Springfield High School in Springfield, PA
February 29, 2016
Review by: Eden Halterman of Academy of the New Church
Twelve brothers, but only one amazing technicolor dreamcoat: what else could result but an amalgam of family drama and a comedy of errors and coincidences? Springfield High School brought the story of these fratricidal brothers to life in their production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was the first collaboration between composers Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Though the musical was first produced as a short pop cantata in 1968, it evolved into the Tony-nominated Broadway operetta in 1982, as well as into countless reproductions outside of Broadway. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat tells the story of Joseph and his eleven brothers from Genesis, the first book of the Bible.
Springfield High School’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was energetic and engaging, driven by strong leads, exceptionally talented supporting characters, and the beautiful vocals and spirit of the cast as a whole.
Alan Oruska, playing Joseph, led the show with his exceptional acting and vocal talents, and with his comedic and dramatic range. The show was also led by three narrators portrayed by Stacy DiCandilo, Anna Ferrigno, and Zoe Hunchak. Though each narrator showcased different talents, they complemented each other with their diverse strengths, and their three strong voices blended harmoniously.
With only one line of dialogue in the entire production, the entire cast impressed with their ability to keep up their energy and fun-loving spirit throughout the show, and they effortlessly transitioned between each change of musical style featured. The ensemble of brothers brought the show together with their energy, acting talents, and diversity of performance. Levi (Nick Vecchione) and Reuben (Serina Addona) added an extra layer of comedy and drama in their solos “One More Angel in Heaven” and “Those Canaan Days”. The Pharaoh (Scott Waywood) had the audience in stitches with his hilarious Elvis twang and hip-swinging in his solo, “Song of the King”.
The cast’s bright energy was complemented by the vivid colors of the lights, sets, and costumes. The cast creatively integrated the set of vibrantly colored playground equipment into each of their scenes. Though the production suffered a few technical difficulties, the cast impressively performed through any obstacle and the quality of the show held strong.
Springfield High School’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and the cast’s energy, fun-loving spirit, and vocal talent fully deserved the standing ovation they received.
Review by: Sydney Lamoureux of Sun Valley High School
Last weekend, Springfield High School’s theater department took the audience on a thrilling journey to Egypt in their production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. With vim and vigor, the cast and crew came together to tell a story that was as colorful as Joseph’s coat… And it was amazing!
Based on the “coat of many colors” story of from the Bible’s Book of Genesis, this Broadway musical, first written in 1972 and produced on Broadway in 1982, puts a new twist on the Old Testament. The story follows Joseph, a boy with a special gift for interpreting dreams and telling the future. When his father gives him a brilliant multi-colored coat, Joseph’s eleven older brothers become envious and sell him into slavery. Joseph is taken to Egypt, where he encounters both trials and triumphs. With perennial themes of hope, forgiveness, and redemption, Joseph is a timeless show.
The overall production of the show was spellbinding. From reggae and rock ‘n’ roll to jazz and country-western, Springfield tackled a multitude of musical genres. The cast’s excitement and energy was contagious, leaving the audience wanting more.
Stacy DiCandilo, Anna Ferrigno, and Zoe Hunchak stole the show as the narrators. Their superb acting and impressive vocals blended together beautifully as they told the story. Alan Oruska did an excellent job portraying Joseph. His performance was captivating, especially during “Close Every Door”. Oruska was supported by The Brothers, who displayed commendable singing, dancing, and acting skills. Most notably was Serina Addona as Reuben, Nick Vecchione as Levi, and Kyra Phillips as Judah, who were a delight to watch.
Needless to say, a main highlight of the show was the dynamic ensemble. The energy amongst the cast was clear to see as they effortlessly tackled their vocal score and choreography. Musical numbers featuring the company were eye-popping, especially “Go, Go, Go Joseph” and “Joseph’s Coat”.
Everyone should “go, go, go” see the “show, show, show,” because Springfield High School’s rendition of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was a job well done!