PC’s fall musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, was performed in front of hundreds this year, despite the cast and crew having to navigate a few more difficulties than in years prior.
Due to COVID-19 regulations, the seating arrangement looked slightly different from past years with two seats between each party.
Athletic Director Dan Branderhorst, who attended multiple performances, says, “I think that the seating arrangement was appropriate…. A good crowd on hand made it feel normal which is something we all want amidst the coronavirus outbreak.”
The cast and crew also had to work around a few cases of COVID-19 throughout their rehearsals. However, some of the performers found this difficulty was one of the most enjoyable aspects of the musical.
Senior Morgan Meinders, a member of this year’s cast, says, “My favorite part about this year’s musical was how our cast had to work together in order to get through all of the challenges 2020 has been throwing at us.”
Another trial that was overcome this year was a shorter amount of practice time. Most years, tryouts for the roles in the musical are held at the end of the prior school year, allowing students to begin learning lines over the summer. But this year, due to COVID-19, tryouts were held at the commencement of this school year, taking away a large chunk of time that the students would normally use for memorization.
Through all the obstacles the musical cast faced, they still managed to perform two matinees for the local grade schoolers, and four shows for the general public.
“The performances were above my expectations,” says junior Alejandro Murdoch. “With the help and contribution of everyone, they got to surprise us one more time with their exceptional performance.”