SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

Local News

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.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News

AP Video
Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament
Comments Tracker