Tucker Trujillo, left, sings to Karen Bolton on Friday night during the musical “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at the Moffat County High School auditorium. The show filled up nearly three-quarters of the venue.

Photo by Shawn McHugh

Tucker Trujillo, left, sings to Karen Bolton on Friday night during the musical “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at the Moffat County High School auditorium. The show filled up nearly three-quarters of the venue.

Moffat County High School’s fall musical gives last performance tonight

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James Hebert played the lead role Joseph in the musical “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” In this scene, the wives praised him as a prince. Two more performances will take place at 2 and 7 p.m. today.

Thursday night, an hour before the curtain rose on Moffat County High School’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” the dressing room was sweltering.

The humid air smelled of burning hair and glue-like sprays. In various stages of dress, students flitted around, daubing their eyes with bright make-up or adjusting microphones and costume pieces with a sheen of nervous energy shining in their eyes.

Girls tried to drink water without smearing their lipstick on the bottle, while stage hands played ninja in the wings.

In the dressing room, freshman Dakota Lee was working on her friend’s hair while she talked about what life would be like after the musical was over.

“I’m going to sleep,” she said. “We’re all sleep deprived. I’ve been doing my homework at lunch every day. A lot of us are (Mormon) and have to go to seminary every morning. I wake up at about 5:30 to 6 a.m. And I don’t get home until midnight some nights.”

But she said it with a smile on her face. She would have given up the last few months of hard work for anything.

Not the months of hard work for four-hour-and-fifteen-minute performances, nor the exhaustion or stress.

Next to her, senior Amanda Browning was standing by the mirror in a black leotard.

She said she’d always loved singing in church but was shy and confused in school.

“The first year I was really shy,” she said. “But I made a lot of friends that help me burst out of my shell. I would go in there and people would just come up to me and start talking. Most of the friends I have, I made here.”

Now a senior, she had tears in her eyes when she thought about her final night as a high school performer.

Director Dan Mullens said he remembered going into musicals and starting as a chorus member and working his way up, just as his students are now.

“It’s a real bonding experience for them,” he said. “Just to spend time with the same people, for hours a day. There are definitely a lot of comparisons to a sports team.”

Fourteen years old and a freshmen, Shea Snare walked into musical rehearsal, in awe of and intimidated by all of the older students and talented musicians.

She said if there was a corner, she was hiding in it.

Now, a year later, Snare is anything but shy, and credits the drama program with her ever-growing sense of self-worth.

“It’s gotten me more confidence,” she said. “I used to just be that shy kid in the corner. Now, I’m definitely not quiet. I know that when I come to my high school reunion, I’ll go right to my play friends.”

Dressed in a bright seventies-inspired costume, she and fellow sophomore Kellie Looper bounced in anticipation about the opening of the show.

“I used to be so quiet in school,” Snare said. “Now I find myself singing in the hallways, or tapping my feet along with ‘Go-Go Joseph.’”

Next to her, in a shiny, paisley dress, Looper had a similar story.

“When people found out I was in the musical, they we’re like, ‘That shy kid is in the musical?’” Looper said. “Once you get on stage, you’re someone else. You’re rocking out.”

In the lighting booth during Friday night’s show, Mullens watched his students with pride and the occasional note of a mistake or change he wants to make.

But even though he’s not on stage anymore, he’ll feel a sense of loss when the curtain drops for the last time.

“There’s a certain feeling like opening presents Christmas morning,” he said. “They’re all open, you know what you got. And it’s kind of a let down. You just go back to being a regular person.”

Comments

David Moore 5 years ago

I am not even close to the type that would go sit in a stuffy auditorium and watch a play (which is actually a musical), matter of fact, if my daughter were not in the children's choir portion of this play, I still would not be going. However, after watching the enthusiasm of the kids and listening to their voices for the last two nights, I am a changed person. These kids, all of them, have impressed me, they have inspired me, and they have hooked me, they have put in so much hard work and it has paid off big time...a standing O last night proved that. I want to throw out a standing ovation of my own to each and every one of the cast, children in the choir, the orchestra, stage crew and supporting staff as well as the sponsors, Mr. Mullins, you have done very well, I applaud you all. Maybe it's because it was my first play ever, there have been many more before this one that may have been just as good but...If you have the opportunity (it's a mere $5.00 for a ticket) go see this play today and tonight for yourself, you will be impressed, and possibly inspired, as well.

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David Moore 5 years ago

Wow, standing O's this afternoon and tonight, what a great show, all of them. Thanks to all the kids for three days of quality entertainment, something you don't find easily in a town like Craig. So, what's next? I will be eagerly waiting.

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