SUNDAY 11/14/2021 1:30 p.m.
BRUSSELS, Wis. (WFRV) – The curtains are closed on Southern Door High School’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Before they took to the stage for their last performance of the fall season Saturday, Local 5 was able to interview a few members of the production and get their take on how the show went.
If you haven’t been to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, it’s a musical comedy based on the ‘coat of many colors’ story of Joseph from the Bible’s Book of Genesis. If you don’t know that story, you can find the IMDB trailer here.
Before roles were called, students participating in the Southern Door High School musical were able to take part in a unique way of casting. “We double cast our Josephs – so tonight Shaun is playing Joseph for today, and last night Hunter was Joseph, and then when they’re not Joseph they play one of the brothers, Asher. We’ve had a strong tradition of double casting here, so I think that it’s really important educationally,” said Catrina Williamson, the Drama Director.
The two actors for Joseph agreed with Williamson, saying they believe it helped the production. “When he performs as Joseph and then when I do, I look off of him and what he did. And it’s kind of like a competition between us, like a sweet, lovely competition,” explained Southern Door senior Shaun Tooley. “We build off of each other and make the shows even more, I don’t know, enjoyable to be in as the show goes on.”
“Another thing that I liked about it was I was involved with sports in the fall season so when I was not here I had someone to lean back on, that could write notes for me, and could help me out whenever I needed it. So that was a plus,” added his co-actor, Hunter Malvitz.
“On opening night we had a reception and we invited anybody who had been in the show previously to come,” explained Williamson. “And in our lobby, we have the placards from the original show and also from this show and they’re side-by-side. So, in honor of the tradition that is Southern Door musicals and the new generation.”
Cast members say the community really rallied around them and spread the word about the production this year. “When we were told it was being Joseph, the community – we’re a pretty small community – they found out and spread the word. It’s just, all by word, I would say. All by word of mouth,” said Tooley.
“I think I’m most excited about having people back here. It’s been a while since we’ve had live bodies in the audience and it’s just getting that feedback and reaction and that energy from them is just amazing,” said Dalena Pakalske, who played the Narrator.
Throughout the show, Zach Rhoades, who played the Pharaoh and Dan, says cast members tried to engage the audience through eye contact and talking to them instead of at them.
Pakalske says the production even had Middle Schoolers in the show as a children’s choir. “It’s a tradition at our school that the Middle School joins the High School for a couple of scenes of whatever show we’re doing.”
And the production wouldn’t be a part of theater without its challenges. When a Local 5 photojournalist asked what difficulties the production had to overcome this year, Williamson says COVID-19 was the number one culprit.
“We’ve been lucky in not having too many kids that have been out, but it’s the constantly getting tested and not knowing who is going to be at rehearsal – that has been a difficulty. But also the fact that we didn’t have live theater for so long,” added Williamson. “Most of our kids are younger and haven’t had that stage experience till this show. So working with such a new group – I’m thankful that we had such great leaders in the cast.”
And their favorite memory? Being able to work alongside each other again. “Probably the whole working together from the start of August to now when we actually perform,” Tooley explained. “And just seeing the final showing of what we all worked together to put into -“
“We’re a family,” finished Malvitz. Everyone agreed. Theater performances like this made them family. “Being able to get with the cast again, live pit, everything. I think it’s just fun to make those memories. It’s something you can remember for the rest of your life.”
A part of Center Stage this year, Pakalske says she is thrilled for the program and all it has to offer. “We first joined last year and I am so thrilled that we get to showcase ourselves with the best schools in the area and, you know, show what we’re made of. And compete at that level – because it’s not something that everyone gets to do and just really exciting.”
Williamson says Pakalske is one of the Center Stage singers. “They had an audition from all of the schools that are participating in the program could send participants to audition for an encore, like, special – honors choir basically,” added Pakalske.”And I get the opportunity to do that and to represent my community and my school through that and it’s just really, really fun.”
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‘We are back and we are excited!’ Southern Door High School presents ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’
THURSDAY 11/4/2021 9:03 a.m.
BRUSSELS, Wis. (WFRV) – Another high school musical production season is underway at Southern Door High School and this year they are performing Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
The story of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is one that is taught at a young age and the Southern Door High School Music Department is happy to be back on stage after a year of waiting due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Performances will be held at Southern Door High School at 2073 County Road DK in Brussels.
- November 5-6, 11-12 at 7:00 p.m.
- November 7 & 13 at 2:00 p.m.
You can purchase tickets online through this link.
Masks are highly recommended and will be given out before the performance. Hand sanitizing stations will also be available.