Performances to resume this weekend
KANELAND—The Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival’s Community Theatre branch presented “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” on the Kaneland auditorium stage last weekend. The show will resume this weekend, July 19-21, with performances at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday.
The play is based off of the story of Joseph from the Bible’s Book of Genesis. Its music is written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, known for other popular musical scores in the Broadway scene, notably “Phantom of the Opera,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Evita” and “Cats.”
Maria Dripps-Paulson, coordinator of the event and executive director of the Fine Arts Festival, said that over half of the school is involved in the play.
“We have about 100 students involved in the production of the play, and there are about 50 people that are part of the cast,” she said.
There are also many non-School District members contributing to the production of all ages, with participants coming from as far as Round Lake, Ill. There will also be a 4-year-old singing in the kid’s choir for the play.
Dripps-Paulson said that the production was chosen by the new director, Mark Mahallak. She said that he chose “Joseph” because of his familiarity with the show.
“(Kaneland High School) has done “Joseph” before, but the Community Theatre has not,” she said. “This will be our fourth year doing a production.”
Dripps-Paulson said that preparation for the play involves about six weeks of rehearsal and a production crew working out important details and technical aspects of the play.
According to Dripps-Paulson, the Community Theatre has been growing in its participation and in the attendance of the shows.
“I would say the program has grown. The fact that people know that it exists and that people are showing up more show this. We have a Facebook page, as well. I think people are really excited,” she said.