CVCS students to perform ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’

Photo by Judith Bacon This year the Cassadaga Valley Middle/High School’s annual musical is “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” The show is set to take place over the next two weekends, March 9-10 and 16-17.

SINCLAIRVILLE — Want to see something amazing this month? Then check out Cassadaga Valley’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

The show will be performed for two weekends — Friday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 10 matinee at 1:30 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, March 16-17, both at 7:30 p.m.

“Joseph and the Amazing Technical Dreamcoat” is based on the story of Joseph from Genesis Chapter 39. But it’s not just a retelling of a Bible story. It’s truly a family show with comedy and drama. The musical styles are many — ’50s, Western, Calypso, French cabaret and more. In fact, the show has virtually no dialogue; it is entirely all sung.

The musical was written in 1965, making this year “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’s” 50th anniversary.

This year J. Nicole Zenns and Shawn Salim are teaming up as co-directors of the CVCS middle/high school annual musical. This is their first time working together as co-directors, although both have about a dozen years of musical experience — Zenns on the musical side especially with pit orchestras and Salim overseeing sets and stage crews.

Photo by Judith Bacon Pictured are some of the lead characters of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Back row: Courtney Hays, Titus Miller, Anna Wenger and Phil Bens. Front row: Matthew Lessinger, Nathaniel Lawrie, Lucas Bouquin, Spencer Blake and Natalie Groesch.

Zenns actually performed in the pit crew the last time Cassadaga Valley did the show in 1995. Although she has a much bigger role this time around, Zenns is quick to credit parents and other volunteers who have stepped up, helping make the show a success. “We are so supported. This is a musical that truly takes a village,” she said.

Among those giving their support is Stefanie Briggs, CVCS class of 2015, who is in charge of choreography.

There’s also another dozen to 15 parents who are involved in everything from sewing costumes to helping construct the sets.

Salim, too, has been enjoying his experience as a co-director.

“Working with Mrs. Zenns and our incredible cast and crew has made the long hours bearable. The kids have worked so hard to make this production a success. I will miss them all when this is over,” he said.

Photo by Judith Bacon Pictured is Mr. and Mrs. Potiphar (played by Zach Zuech and Desiree Ziolkowski) and their slaves.

Cassadaga Valley’s musicals historically involve a number of students and this year is no exception. There’s 44 middle and high school students on stage; 13 students from kindergarten to fifth grade in the children’s choir; eight students in the orchestra pit; and about 20 students helping behind the scenes, as members of the construction and stage crew.

Tickets for the show are $8 for adults and $6 for students. Seats are reserved. To purchase tickets, go to or call 962-8581 ext. 601 between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets purchased on line will have a 50-cent surcharge per ticket. There will also be tickets available at the door.

Lyrics for “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” were written by Tim Rice and the music was by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Make sure you see Cassadaga Valley’s performance. It’s sure to be amazing!

Photo by Judith Bacon Pictured are the shepherd’s wives.

Photo by Judith Bacon Pictured are Joseph’s brothers.