“This was a very rough year for our music department, with the loss of Brian (Panetta),” senior Stephen Merriman said.
With hard work and a love of theater, the students have pulled it off.
St. Mary Central Catholic isn’t a large high school, so it uses all students — kindergarten through 12th grade — for productions. A whopping 86 students make up the cast for “Joseph”
WHAT: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” by Sandusky Central Catholic School
WHEN: 7 p.m. tonight and 2 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Sandusky State Theatre
COST: Reserved seating — $15 adults, $7 students; General seating — $10 adults, $5 students
MORE: Tickets available at Sandusky State Theatre box office or online at sanduskystate.com , or call 419-626-1950
In surveying this year’s pool of seniors, staff and students realized they had more boys than girls, so they decided this was the best year to perform “Joseph”
As the story goes: Joseph had 11 brothers, putting the cast of males at a dozen, even before factoring in the Pharaoh and other characters.
Other parts were broken out to include more students. Generally, the female lead is one narrator, but the school gave this one part to four leading ladies: Erica Henning, Keeleigh Myers, Trudy Fleck and Libby Grant.
Merriman, who plays Joseph, is also the student assistant director.
Many students have taken on multiple roles for this show, performing as sheep and servants. Some have taken on leadership roles, with older students helping the younger children learn their lines, songs or dance moves.
Meghan Kaufman is the choreographer, just as she was for “Annie” and “The Sound of Music”
Jody Nave is the director, while Joel Miller is the technical director.
Rehearsals are long but flexible, given 88 percent of the students are involved in sports or other activities. There’s a track meet before the Saturday morning performance, and the senior class trip was also scheduled amid the rest of this chaos.
There’s a small stage at the school, but the acoustics are bad and it’s much too small to be beneficial. The students rehearse in the cafeteria during choir class, and they only got to practice on the State Theatre stage twice.
Despite all the challenges, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is sure to elicit laughs from the audience. The songs are fun and varied, such as Pharaoh performing as Elvis.
“It’s an exciting year,” Merriman said. “We’re really enjoying it”