Cast announced for CAHS's spring musical
Connellsville Area High School has chosen the cast for this year's musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical with lyrics by Tim Rice is scheduled for March 7, 8, 9 and 10.
The cast will be led by five students, Matt Wiltrout, Elizabeth Becker, Sarah Hamman, Sophia Jones and Kait Nedrow who will take on the roles of Joseph and the narrators.
“They were among some of the most talented of students who auditioned. Throughout the auditions, I look for students that have characteristics that I have in mind for each role, and these students met them,” said Henry Molinaro, director/producer.
Wiltrout, 17, of Bullskin Township was chosen for the title role of Joseph. The senior has performed in 16 musicals, including three in junior high, in “Grease” and as the king in “Cinderella” last year at the senior high, and in “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” in the Geyer Performing Arts Center in Scottdale.
Wiltrout said he was happy to have been given the role.
“I was very happy. I love this show and knew most of the music before we ever chose this musical,” he said.
Becker, 18, of Connellsville is one of the four narrators. The senior has performed in “Annie Jr.,” “Mulan Jr.” and “High School Musical Jr.” in junior high, and “Grease” and “Cinderella” at the senior high. She performed in “Footloose” in the Geyer Performing Arts Center. Becker was last seen in the lead role of Adeline in the senior class play “Ditch Day” last fall. She said she likes performing in plays and musicals, but enjoys the musicals more and is looking forward to performing in “Joseph.”
“I like all the different styles of music in this show,” she said.
Kait Nedrow, 17, of Dunbar also secured one of the narrator roles.
Nedrow, who plans to major in musical theater in college, has performed in more than 10 shows. Some of her favorite roles were Adelaide in “Guys and Dolls” and Judy in “A Chorus Line,” both at the Geyer. At the high school, she has appeared in “Grease” and played Grace in “Cinderella.”
“I wasn't real familiar with this show. I had never seen the full show, so I like learning all the new music and enjoy the challenge of learning all of the lines and music, and as a narrator, I enjoy telling the story,” Nedrow said.
Junior Sarah Hamman, 16, of Connellsville is also looking forward to being a narrator for the production. She has performed in more than 15 shows, including three roles in junior high musicals.
She most recently played Thing One in “Seussical,” an Usherette in “The Producers” and Serena in “Legally Blonde,” all at the Geyer in 2012.
This will be her second year performing in the high school musical.
In last year's “Cinderella,” Hamman was the understudy for the Queen.
“I like that I get to narrate the story because I always like to stand in the wings and watch what goes on in a show, but this show I will be on stage and can watch what happens from there,” Hamman said.
Jones, 16, of Connellsville is only a sophomore but has garnered the final narrator role. This is her first show at the high school but she has performed at the Geyer as a Bird Girl in “Seussical” and Shirley Markowitz in “The Producers.”
Jones said she has been a fan of “Joseph” for a long time.
“I remember seeing my aunt doing this show at Laurel Highlands when I was little, and everybody in my family is very excited about it because it is my grandfather's favorite show,” Jones said.
Linda Harkcom is a freelance writer.