The Holy Bible will meet Broadway for the latest Columbus High School musical.
Students will be performing "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" this weekend at 7 p.m. Friday and at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday inside of the Nantkes Performing Arts Center, 2200 26th St. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for students.
The musical retells the Biblical story of Joseph and his 11 brothers. When Joseph's father gifts him a multicolored coat, it sparks jealousy among his brothers, ultimately leading to a breaking point.
“He's just that unsuspecting guy that doesn't see anything bad coming from anyone else,” said Junior Ryan Sims, who plays Joseph in the show. “So when something bad does happen, it’s like, 'what the heck?'"
CHS English teacher Chelsea Parker said this will be the second musical she has directed.
“We don’t have kids having to worry about learning their lines, but there's a lot more choreography," Parker said, noting all lines in the show are part of songs. “Initially, we thought it would be a lot more simple of a show, but it actually turned out to be a little more complex."
The 39 students in the cast have been rehearsing since early September. Last year, the school's musical was “State Fair," and the year before, “Annie”.
In this show, Junior Melany Donoghue plays "The Pharaoh," an eccentric Egyptian king.
“Although it may sound cocky, I really like my song,” Donoghue said about her role. “He kind of has an Elvis twinge to him and he’s very lively.”
Donoghue said performing in theater helps to relieve stress.
“Honestly, it’s just a good way to get yourself out of the regular school mind and just kind of let loose and be a different person,” she said. “It’s a really good escape from your world of regular stuff sometimes.”
Junior Karissa Gleeson plays one of the musical's three narrators. She said the show’s lack of spoken lines “gives it the opera feel.”
Senior Reagan Gausman plays another one of the show’s narrators. Upon graduating high school, she said she plans to be a performing arts major in college.
“I feel so much at home (on stage),” she said. “I will have anxiety talking to people in everyday life, but when I get on stage I feel like that’s where I’m supposed to be and it all goes away. I love performing for people.”
Fellow narrators Senior Lydia Johnson and Gleeson also share Gausman’s love of theater.
“I love the rush of adrenaline and it just gives me the energy to keep on going,” Gleeson said about performing. “It’s one of my favorite things I’ve done in high school. It’s going to be one of the things that I remember most about it.”
The show is full of songs and dance numbers, which Sims encourages all to come and see.
“Just by looking at the poster, you should want to come,” he said of the show. “It’s just a fantastic show, and I enjoy doing every little bit of it."
Eric Schucht is a reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.