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Free preview of CAHS musical planned

Linda Harkcom | for the Daily Courier feb 2013
Connellsville Area High School’s spring musical, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” March 7-10, has a strong male cast that portrays the central character of Joseph, his father and his brothers. Front, from left, are Joseph played by Matt Wiltrout, 17, of Bullskin Township, Joseph’s father Jacob, played by Alexander Guie, 17, of Connellsville; second row, Jonathan Grinko, 16, of Connellsville, Michael McFadden, 17, of Bullskin Township, Nathan Shultz, 16, Tyler Shultz, 17, both of Indian Head, Jacob Woods, 16, of Bullskin Township, Ben Nolt, 17, of Indian Head; third row, Ben Auer, 16, of Bullskin Township, Jordan Hosfelt, 15, of Connellsville, Noah Allison, 15, of Connellsville, Josh Wiltrout, 16, of Normalville, Jeremy Lowery, 17, of Connellsville; and fourth row, Brendan Heisterman, 14, of Connellsville.

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Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, 7:30 a.m.

Connellsville Area High School is going above and beyond to accommodate those interested in attending its production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

Production manager Heidi Eutsey said the public is invited to attend a free preview of the show, which will be held 7:15 p.m. Wednesday in the high school auditorium.

“We've done the preview for the past couple of years. We do it for the Connellsville Lions Club, for the parents so they can see what the kids have been doing and for the public to get a taste of what the show is about,” Eutsey said.

Doors to the newly renovated 1,342 seat auditorium will open at 6:30 p.m. Seating will be available on a first-come first-serve basis.

The show is based on the biblical story of Joseph and his coat of many colors found in the Book of Genesis. Joseph's 11 brothers are jealous of him and his coat, which is a symbol of their father's preference of him. Joseph experiences dreams of one day ruling over his brothers. To prevent this from happening, his brothers sell him as a slave to passing Ishmaelites who take him to Egypt. They tell their father Joseph is dead. All the while Joseph is living in Egypt working as a servant. Eventually Joseph's gift of interpreting dreams puts him in favor with Pharaoh and he becomes the second most powerful man in Egypt. A great famine results in Joseph coming face to face with his brothers once again.

Eutsey said it is a great family show and since it has a biblical focus may be of interest to many area church groups which they are equipped to accommodate.

“I believe that people of all ages will enjoy Joseph, but especially the youth. The show tells the story of Jacob and his sons through large production numbers and vivid costumes,” said Jordan Hosfelt, 15, of Connellsville, who portrays Joseph's brother Dan.

For the special preview, students will perform several musical numbers from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical with lyrics by Time Rice Including: “Close Every Door,” “Poor, Poor Joseph,” “One More Angel in Heaven,” Potiphar,” “Go, Go, Go Joseph,” “A Pharaoh's Story,” “Stone the Crows,” “Those Canaan Days,” “Benjamin Calypso,” “Jacob in Egypt” and “Any Dream Will Do.”

“One aspect of the show that the audience will really enjoy is the music,” Hosfelt said. “Joseph's score includes a wide variety of styles, from Jamaican to '50s Rock and Roll.”

As a convenience, the ticket office at the high school will be open from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in order for those watching the preview to purchase tickets for the shows on March 7, 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. and March 10 at 2 p.m. Tickets for the March 7 performance will be $10 per person; tickets for all other shows will be $12 per person.

“We've kept our prices low for the past several years. It's really a bargain,” ticket box office manager Lynne Ritenour said.

Ritenour said there is a special Student Rush price 15 minutes prior to each show where students can purchase tickets for $5.

“But they cannot choose their seat and they should show ID,” Ritenour said.

Ritenour who has been box office manager for the past six years, said many people purchase tickets in advance.

“They like being able to choose their seats. A lot of people like to sit in certain places. By getting your tickets in advance, you have the ability of picking the seats you want,” she said.

Advanced tickets can also be purchased on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the high school. For those unable to get to the high school, tickets can be ordered by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Attn. Lynne Ritenour – Musical Tickets, CAHS, 201 Falcon Drive, Connellsville, PA 15425. Along with the envelope they must include their phone number, date of the performance, total number of tickets needed and a check made payable to Connellsville Area School District for the total number of tickets ordered. Mail orders must be made by March 1.

Eutsey said there will be plenty of parking available for patrons the nights of the March performances.

“We have two new big front parking lots that can fit at least 200 cars and two front entrances will be open for people to come in. We also have a new side parking lot and there is still parking in the back, and we will have doors open at the pool and the cafeteria. There is even additional parking available at the vo-tech. We will also have ushers with wheelchairs at each entrance to help those who need assistance with the long walk,” she said.

Linda Harkcom is a freelance writer.

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