FRIDAY 11/05/2021 8:00 p.m.

MISHICOT, Wis. (WFRV) – The season of high school theater has started and Mishicot High School students are back on stage performing Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Local 5 was able to have a one-on-13 interview with students and the Director of the show, Tracy Bauer, before their performance on Friday night.

This year performances are in person and students say it’s great to be back. “We’ve been having to do it virtually for the past few times so it’s exciting to actually do it in front of a real audience.”

Bauer explains that this year’s show has a fast pace for audience members. “There’s a lot of singing – a lot of fun groups of people. Like we have the brothers, we have quite a few brothers,” added Bauer. “We have a group of wives. We have Egyptian ladies and Pharaoh, that’s also like Elvis. So a little bit of everything in this show.”

One student says their favorite memory is when classmates perform the song Benjamin Calypso. “The person who has the lead role for that song is super fun to work with and he makes it really fun.” Another chimed in with, “The Jamaican accent, I love it.”

In addition to all of the fun on set, students also had a few challenges to overcome. “Some of us were out for more than two weeks like, personally, I was out for three weeks and then I think I lost my voice so then there’s a whole month of rehearsal time I was cut short of. There’s other people and they were out. It was a mad rush but we pulled it together pretty quick,” explained a student.

Bauer says her favorite memory has to do with opening night. “The curtain closes – their bows are done and there’s this huge cheer that erupts from backstage and that, to me, was everything that we were hoping for as an adult production team.”

Picking from multiple shows can be daunting, but Bauer says the decision to go with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was simple. “We chose it because we knew that it would be a lot of fun for the students to produce – we knew that our community needed a laugh after the last year and a half being trying for everybody so we knew that this would be a fun show that we could get back together on stage and have a lot of stage time for the students and just laugh together again.”

Bauer says the high school is also interacting with its community through a children’s choir this year. “We are following our school district’s COVID protocols, keeping the kids sort of in their own little group, but also allowing them to be a part of the show – in their own way. Even having them up on stage with the Narrator and Joseph for a couple of minutes and then back with their parents in the audience. So they’re still feeling like they’re a part of the show,” explained Bauer.

At one point during the show, Bauer explains that the Pharoh goes into the audience and is able to interact with guests. One of the students playing the Pharoh tells Local 5, “I got in the crowd and it’s – I don’t have anything planned to say – but I just see who is out there and see who I think I can get a laugh out of and see if I can talk to them.”

At the end of the interview, Bauer points out that the show is led by a lot of students that really rally together to help produce. “It’s not just one adult’s vision or a couple adults. It’s really just student-driven in those production teams.”

If you are looking to catch a glimpse of the students’ hard work, there are two more shows scheduled this weekend. One on Saturday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. and one on Sunday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Two casts, one great musical: Mishicot High School performing musical ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’

WEDNESDAY 11/03/2021 3:48 p.m.

MISHICOT, Wis. (WFRV) – It’s a story children learn at a young age and a well-known musical comedy about a coat of many colors. Now Mishicot High School is taking that iconic story and performing it for this year’s musical production.

Mishicot High School has over 100 students involved in the production, from cast to crew. Due to illness and a period of virtual learning, students only had one week to prep act one and one week to prep act two before the technical week. They have two casts, Cast A and B, who will alternate performance nights.

Below is the schedule:

  • Cast A: Nov. 5 at 7:00 p.m. and Nov. 7 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Cast B: Nov. 4 at 7:00 p.m. and Nov. 6 at 7:00 p.m.

The musical will be held at the high school, 660 Washington Street in Mishicot. Tickets at $8 at the door and masks are optional, however, there is no socially distanced seating.

Students involved in the production say it’s a fun show and they are happy to be back on stage together this year.

This school year, the Fox Cities PAC and WFRV Local 5 are teaming up to showcase over 20 local high school musical productions through the Center Stage program. The program was launched in 2016 and has been a successful piece of education in the community.