The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

School Columnists

February 28, 2013

Edgewood to present the musical 'Joseph'

ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — Edgewood students will be performing the famous musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” Friday through Sunday. The musical is based on the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colors as recorded in the book of Genesis. The musical features few spoken lines, with most of the text being sung. It is a family-friendly storyline with universal themes and catchy music.

This musical presented a new challenge to the cast members because of its song-heavy score.

Cast member Tiffany Newbold, who has performed in several musicals in past years, said, “With the play being mostly sung instead of acted, we had to work a lot on our tuning and balance, and adding choreography to the mix added more of a challenge.”

The play’s choreographer is Kimberly Coles, who has done choreography for Edgewood’s musicals for several years now and also directs for the Ashtabula Arts Center.

Students spend most of their time after school rehearsing for the production, and even practice on Saturday mornings. It is not an uncommon sight to find cast members taking a nap in the auditorium or studying their class work when they are not needed on stage.

“It takes up a lot of your free time, but is worth it in the end,” said Newbold.

Many students are excited to see the musical’s pit band being directed by Edgewood’s beloved band director, Connie Sommers.

“I have heard we have progressed much more rapidly than last year,” said freshman Katie Cline. “We practice usually three times a week, and are sounding very good.”

The musical will be performed 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for students.

Members of Edgewood’s Book Club recently attended a Skype session with local author Christopher Barzak, who wrote their most recent read, “One For Sorrow.” Book club students and a number of teachers, as well as Edgewood’s librarian, were given the opportunity to interview Barzak. Barzak spoke to the students of his personal motivations in regards to writing the book, and how it helped him cope with a brutally violent crime that occurred in his area when he was a young student.

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