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Try on this ‘Dreamcoat’

BRISTOL, Connecticut, U.S.A. — Bristol Central High School theater students will honor their director with an amazing show that starts Friday, April 4.
“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” will be performed on stage Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The production marks director Jim Smith’s 20th show. To celebrate, the school is pulling out all the bells and whistles.
“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is an amazing play full of color, about the journey of a man named Joseph who can interpret dreams.
Joseph’s talent catches the eye of more than a few people, including his 11 jealous brothers.
The cast is pumped for this exciting show.
“When you start singing the words in the shower, then you know you have it
down,” said Katie Mills, 18, a senior at Bristol Central.
Leads include Chris Mongillo, who plays Joseph, and Michelle Bouyea as the narrator. Both are 16 and juniors at the school.
Mongillo said that he felt a little undeserving when he landed the role of Joseph, because this is his first show at Central, but he’s glad for the experience.
“Being in this production has broadened my musical horizons,” he said. “I’m happy I decided to try out.”
Bouyea, on the other hand, has a little more experience with the theater. This is her fifth and final show at BCHS.
“It’s his [Jim Smith’s] 20th show, we wanted it to be big,” said Bouyea. “It’s an amazing
feeling to go out there on stage, the show’s going to be amazing.”
Other cast members also valued their experience with the show.
Freshman Mitch McCarthy, 14, said that he was enjoying “getting to meet new people and experiencing the magic of performing arts.”
Senior Dan Czlapinski, 18, encourages other high school kids to get involved with the theater.
“Joseph” is Czlapinski’s last play.
“It’s been fun, I’ll miss it. Kids should do this, it’s good for the community,” Czlapinski said.
“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” makes the stage sparkle, and by the final curtain, you can see that all of the hard work paid off to make one impressive play.
The show will be held at the BCHS auditorium. Tickets for students are $10 and $12 for adults.

Kate Haire is a Reporter for Youth Journalism International.

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