In the current production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat freshman Anna Derr is cast as one of the brothers, a role her sister, a Gibbons alum, played years ago.
This is the third time sophomore Caity Ferguson has been in the musical, and it is the second time for junior Emily Curtis.
All these student-actors are part of a treasured Gibbons Drama tradition that started 12 years ago, with the show, now in its third reincarnation, produced every four years, Kevin Ferguson, the department's artistic director said.
Among the reasons is that the show reflects the values of the drama program, he noted, adding, "It only works if everyone contributes." As an ensemble production, it builds strong bonds of friendships among the students, he said, noting that "everyone gets an opportunity to be a part of the Joseph tradition."
Just ask sophomore Quinn Rollar (pictured above, first row, far left) who plays one of the brothers. "I believe that the best part of Joseph ... would have to be the overwhelming sense of family," he said. "When you begin in the rehearsal process.. you're all a bunch of strangers, basically; then by the end you're all one big, crazy family."Despite the number of times it has been produced, the musical is never the same with new elements added, scenes re-staged and different actors. The show boasts a student choreographer and the largest cast with 45 actors.
"We strive to put on a professional level show so I want the audience to forget they are watching a high school production," Ferguson said. "More important, I want them to see how the students love and support one another."