Go, Go, Go, Joseph!
After Door County’s professional theaters navigated the logistics of live performances all summer long, now the high school theater programs will attempt the same, and students in Southern Door will be stepping on stage in front of live audiences for the first time since 2019.
“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat requires a strong ensemble,” said Bonnie Weydt, Southern Door’s middle and high school
choir director. “We’re working with a great group of kids. It’s probably just the ‘getting back on stage,’ but the kids are excited.”
Southern Door’s last production, Hello! My Baby, was recorded in segments and stitched together – more like a movie – and distributed online. In addition, the cast and crew was limited. For Joseph, things have returned to normal, more or less, and Weydt is excited to be able to give as many students the opportunity to perform as possible.
Joseph is a sung-through musical, meaning there is little dialogue, so it’s a nonstop performance for the students, most of whom are on stage for 80% of the show. Helping to bring that music to life is a 20-member middle school children’s choir and a full pit orchestra composed of students and community musicians.
Some of the students are juniors who will be performing for the first time in high school, but many are freshmen and sophomores, and Weydt hopes that Joseph will allow them to have a thrilling time – and provide a great first experience for those who continue to pursue theater.
Performances of Joseph will run Nov. 5-7 and Nov. 11-13 at the Southern Door Community Auditorium, 2073 Cty DK in Brussels. Tickets are available at southerndoorauditorium.org.