Hillside Avenue School Presents
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Directed by Tom Pedas
Curtain rises on musical Feb 19-20
By Alec Moore
A Letter From the Director, Tom Pedas
The Broadway hit Joseph was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber who also wrote Cats, Evita, Phantom of the Opera and many other hit shows.
It is the Biblical story, all told in music, of Joseph, Jacob's favorite son. The setting is Canaan and Egypt. Joseph had the power to interpret dreams, a sign of power and greatness in ancient times. However, his brothers weren't fond of Joseph - or his dreams - and became even more jealous when their father gave him an extraordinary multi-colored "dreamcoat". The brothers tried to get rid of Joseph by selling him into slavery and explained to their father that he had been killed. Act I unfolds with such numbers as Any Dream Will Do, Jacob and Sons/Joseph's Coat, Joseph's Dreams, Poor, Poor, Joseph,, One More Angel in Heaven Close Every Door and Go, Go, Go, Joseph. Act I ends with Joseph in a prison in Egypt.
In Act II, the Pharoah is having trouble sleeping at night and Joseph is called upon to interpret his recurring dream. Joseph explains that Egypt is in for seven years of "plenty" followed by seven years of famine and advises that they start saving food for the years of hardship. The Pharoah is impressed and appoints him as his chief advisor.
This irresistable musical tells a story of hardship, faith, endurance, betrayal, and in the end forgiveness. This message should inspire us all to follow our dreams.
Special thanks to Dr. Corriero, Grace Bachmann, Barbara Baker, John Baker, Kevin Brady, Mary Beth Collier, Mary Heller, Michelle Heuser, Joanne Hofrfacker, Kathy Meier, Mike Merola, Patti Merola, Matt Nazzaro, Mary Purcell, Bob Sadowski, Pat Sep, Kevin Wegryn, Kathy Waschek, Camille Widdows, Dave Whitmeyer, Sylvester Pickett, Tom Babos, Cranford Repertory Theatre, the custodial staff, the parents, Mrs. McNary and the sixth grade class for all of their help.
Assistant Director Julie Levine
Dianogue coach Grace Bachmann
Choreographer Barbara-Jude Greco
Assistant Choreographer Justin Bellero
Piano accompanist Fran Engleman
Chorus Assistant Kate Vaupel
Synthesizer John Brixie
Set designJudy Turner/Ellen Pease
Set construction/paintingJudy Turner/Ellen Pease and Parents
Technical director Tom Sicola
Stage manager Patti Baer
Costumes Susan Frick/Parents
PropsMary Beth Collier/Parents
Make up Trish Compton/Parents
Senior Citizen show Camille Widdows/Parents
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTSSuperintendent of Schools Emalene F. Renna, Ed.D
Deputy Superintendent of Schools Willian F. Cashman
Director of Curriculum and Personnel John Feldman, Ed.D.
PrincipalJoseph Corriero, Ed.D.
Vice Principal Warren W. Pinto
Business Administrator Miriam Goodman
BOARD MEMBERSPresident: Dr. Saul Zucker, President
Vice President: Mrs. Rita Vecca
Board MemberMrs. Cheryl Carbone
Board Member Mr. Peter Caprio, Jr.
Board Member Mrs. Cynthia Myers
Board Member Mrs. Edna Silvey
Board Member Mrs. Mary Catherine Sudiak
Board Member Mrs. Mary Venditti
Board Member Mrs. Lois Verhoeven
Tom Pedas, The Celebration Singers and Children's Chorus