2013-02-03 / Dining & Entertainment

Encore performance of Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

CAPA presents 45 minute version Feb. 6 & 7

CHESANING - There are still two more chances to see CAPA (Chesaning Association of Performing Arts) perform “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” on stage at the Chesaning Middle School auditorium on Feb. 6 -7. These performances will be a shorter, condensed version of the play they performed last fall.

Director Jason Woodworth-Hou talked about the Michigan Interscholastic Forensic Association (MIFA) competition, saying, “It’s one of the most exciting and inspiring events in which CAPA participates.”

CAPA has been selected to take their 45 minute version of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” to regional competition, having dazzled the judges at the Jan. 26 district competition in Bay City. The regional competition will be held Feb. 2 in Clintondale.

According to the play’s technical director, Brett Russell, CAPA will celebrate their trip to regional competition, as well as raise funds to cover their traveling costs for competition by performing their 45 minute competition version of the play for the public on Wednesday, Feb. 6 and Thursday, Feb. 7 in the Chesaning Middle School auditorium. Both shows start at 7 p.m. These shows are by donation only, an effort to raise funds to cover the high cost of traveling to theater competitions.

Woodworth-Hou invites theatre goers to come early to experience the full competition performance, complete with set construction, warm-ups and various pre-show activities. “It’s a unique backstage glimpse into our creative process and teamwork,” he said.

CAPA converted its full-length fall musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” to a 45 minute version, to make it meet competition requirements. They recast the play and redesigned the set as well.

Ian Turnwald stars as Joseph, with Riley Swartzmiller as the story narrator. Other cast members featured include Trevor Brown, Caleb Kimball, Riley Darling, Sasha Wiederhold, Sam Pratt, Chris Leonard, Valerie Calandrino, Erica Schaffer, Nathan Jungerheld, Tori Turpin, Matt Robart, Amber Howlett, Trevor Brown, and Tina Wilkey (who plays the pharaoh).

There are three additional groups of performers; the ladies, the wives and the Ishmaelites. The ladies include: Heather Mahoney, Courtney Kimball, Courtney Palko, Rosie Calandrino, and Kaylay Dew. The wives are played by Amber Howlett, Bobbi Lynn Wheaton, Monique Hemker, Mary Stasa, Mia Copes, Alexis Fall, Sam Hoten, and Rachel Young. Ishmaelites include: Titta Buabut, Tina Wilkey and Kourtney Sawvel.

These local shows, Feb. 6 - 7, will be performed as if CAPA were at regionals. Audience members will be able to see the competition process, and how much work went into making “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” a competition play.

Russell noted that CAPA has taken four plays to the state competition over the past five years. Their competition performances were listed as “BUG,” “MacBeth,” “Arabian Nights,” and “World War Z.” Of these, three placed third at the state level among schools of similar size. However, “Bug” placed third overall at state level.

These shows at Chesaning Middle School, Feb. 6 & 7, are the only fundraisers for the performance. The donations go straight to travel costs, which total approximately $350-$400 per level; $350-$400 for districts, then another $350-$400 for regionals.

Russell said, “If you loved the first one, or didn’t get the chance to see it, now is your chance.”

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