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Posted: Friday, November 14, 2008 10:00 pm

It's been a Broadway favorite since 1982. It's won Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score. And it will be the largest theater production to be performed on stage at Hutchins Street Square.

"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," which opens Nov. 20 at Hutchins Street Square, will feature 48 cast members and a 35-member chorus - and they're all Lodi-area residents.

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  • posted at 1:12 pm on Tue, Nov 25, 2008.

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    I was one of the parents with a child in the choir of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Let me address a few things. 1. The children did not pay $200 to be in the production. We were told from the very beginning that the choir would never be on the stage. The $200.00 was a "workshop fee" which covered 16 weeks of classes where the children learned how to sing as a choir and how to harmonize. This was not unlike the $600.00 workshop fee Hutchins Street Square used to charge for a 6 week summer workshop with Rex Reynolds. 2. The choir director was incredibly patient considering that our children were often difficult to work with. 3. This was a fantastic production for my daughter to be a part of. I would have paid 10 times as much for the experience as I do for any of her other extra-curricular activities.4. Yes the choreography that I saw was simple. "Joseph" is not a dance musical and the entire cast was untrained local talent. Excellent job!! 5. Yes Anthony Allen is talented and would do well on Broadway, along with every other performer on that stage!

     
  • posted at 5:46 am on Sun, Nov 23, 2008.

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    I saw the show last night and it was a lot of fun. Anthony Allen has one of the best voices I have heard in a long time and definitely has a future on Broadway or the big stage! The costumes were ok. The choreography was a little disappointing. Overall it was enjoyable!I did, however, talk with some of the parents of the kids in the choir who were upset that their children were not on stage and paid $200 each to be in the production. I have never heard of a cast member having to pay to be in a production. This sounds a little unethical to me. The money didn't pay for a costume or any perks or benefits. In fact, the parents had to buy their own tickets on top of that. The rehearsals were said to be much too long, especially for the younger choir members, and the director was said to be very unprofessional in the way she spoked to the members during rehearsals. This sounds very disappointing as an experience for the younger aspiring theater actors.

     
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