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March 12, 2014

'Joseph' ready to don coat of many colors

BEVERLY — Senior Matt Gill will play the title role in Beverly High School’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” that runs from Thursday to Sunday at the high school.

The show, directed by Carolyn Pilanen-Kudlik, includes 70 high school students, a choir of 25 teachers and elementary and middle school students, and a pit orchestra of 20.

We asked Gill a few questions about the show and his budding acting career.

When did you first get into acting?

The first time I acted other than the mandatory fifth-grade play was in eighth grade at Briscoe. I was the scarecrow in “The Wizard of Oz.” I decided to do that on a whim with my friends, and I enjoyed it a lot.

What other roles have you played?

I was the Cat in the Hat in “Seussical” over the summer at the Hamilton-Wenham Community House. I was the Rev. Parris in “The Crucible” in the school play in the fall. I was also the title role in the “The Government Inspector,” the fall play last year, and I was Bun Foo, a Cantonese laundry boy, in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” in my sophomore year.

What have rehearsals been like for “Joseph”?

It’s pretty crazy. It’s our first show in a long time with all singing, 100 percent singing. We have rehearsals four days a week from 5 to 8:30. There’s an entire choir with children and faculty in the show. It adds a new level of fun because they really enjoy it.

What can you tell me about Joseph’s coat?

It was made by Deb Debski (a parent volunteer). She made it in secret over months and months and literally would let no one know about it. Last week, she showed it to us for the first time, and it was awesome. We also borrowed a coat for the finale that they used at North Shore Music Theatre. It’s pretty heavy. Everyone holds the coat up for me.

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