West Haven High School Theatre Workshop is bringing back Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
The production team of Director Margi Maher, Musical Director Phyllis Silver, and Choreographer/Set Designer T. Sean Maher thought there would be no musical more exciting to be the first musical in the new West Haven High School auditorium than, Joseph.
Many Westies not only appeared in Joseph when WHHSTW produced it in 2006, but there are also those Westies that appeared in it when Maher directed it West Haven Summer Theatre back in 1990.
Chris Walsh of Duffy’s Tavern and Prospect Beach House Deli has fond memories.
“The 1990 West Haven Summer Theatre production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat” was one of the most fun and entertaining shows I’ve ever had the pleasure of being a part of. Fast moving, witty, and plenty of humor to go with it, this show has it all for audiences of all ages,” he said.
And Carrigan teacher Michael Bartone who appeared as Joseph in 2006 remembers it well.
“Looking back on playing the part of Joseph in 2006 brings me such immense joy, not only because of the people I was surrounded by, but also because of the personal growth that I experienced,”he said. “I had never taken any acting or singing lessons, or even had the urge to try out for one of shows. I was always a member of the stage crew and was slated to be the stage manager of Joseph. Mrs. Maher somehow tricked me into auditioning, and the rest is history, as they say. It was the first time I had ever performed in a musical, and the only reason that I was courageous enough to take those risks was because of the support of Margi Maher, Sean Maher, and Phyllis Silver. Their love and direction took us from a cast to family, and that is truly what it’s all about.”
Joseph incorporates a large ensemble with many featured ways for individuals to shine as well as creating a very cohesive ensemble environment. From a musical standpoint the show has everything from the traditional Broadway style to French torch songs, Calypso island music and a high kicking clog number to bring down the house.
This show will make great use of the brand new state of the art, hi tech auditorium with incredible lights and sound that is just the right atmosphere for students to excel in the arts.
Joseph plays March 19-21 at 7 p.m. , March 21 at 2. Senior citizens are free at the matinee.
Tickets are Adult tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door – Student tickets are $5. Advance tickets can be purchased from the cast or at the West Haven High School Black Box Theatre.