Hoffman Estates theater students to stage ‘Joseph’
With the winter musical just days away, students in the Hoffman Estates High School Theater program are hard at work preparing for this year’s musical, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”
The show begins at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2 (tickets are $5), with additional shows at 7 p.m. on March 3, 4, and 5 (tickets are $10).
“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” follows the biblical character Joseph and his life’s journey. The role is quite challenging, according to junior Dominic Luzwick, who plays Joseph.
“Joseph is the most demanding role I’ve ever played, both singing and acting. To play Joseph, you need to have a wide vocal range and you need to be able to voice every word you sing to the audience. You want the audience to know how you feel and connect with them,” Luzwick said.
Luzwick, who has been performing in musicals since he was 2, works hard with his cast members, who he describes as “the family,” to make this year’s rendition of “Joseph” special for members of the public.
Maddi Fetterman, a senior who plays the baker, the butler and a woman, is also looking forward to being on stage. Fetterman, who has been in acting since the age of 6, is very excited about playing a range of characters. She is particularly intrigued by the role of the Butler.
“[The Butler]specifically, helps Joseph succeed in his darkest hours by giving him a dream or two to interpret with his friend, the baker,” Fetterman said.
Several students also work tirelessly behind the scenes.
Senior Bella Myszka is an artist and lighting designer. She designed the T-shirts that were sold to raise money for the musical.
“Designing the t-shirts was a fun experience. I looked through different photos and posters on the internet for inspiration and to get an idea of the important aspects of the musical, and I worked to create something that represents the story of the show.” said Myszka.
The musical will also feature the pit orchestra team. Pit Crew member Junior Chittesh Saravanan plays viola. The pit first practices alone, seeking to get a general idea of the song, then comes together to combine instruments and melodies.
“Usually when we think of musicals, we only think of the lyrics, but a holistic experience is provided by the background music that we have the pleasure of playing,” Saravanan said.
Finally, the show’s producers take care of the administrative and financial aspects.
“My job is mostly filling out paperwork, working on the poster. But there are also things like getting ads to put in the poster,” said Mila Brady, a freshman and production intern. .
Selling is an important part of being a producer, and Brady’s favorite part takes place on “Van Days”, where producers travel around town in a van and sell ads to local businesses to raise money for the production. .
Although their jobs are very different, these students, along with the rest of the Hoffman Estates High School Theater Program, work with the common goal of producing a fantastic show for audiences.
For tickets, visit adc.d211.org/Domain/12.