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A behind the scenes look at student director of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

With a cast of 11 brothers, 11 wives, 29 chorus members and others, the stage for Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is bustling with excitement as students prepare for opening night. However, what some people might not know is the hard work that goes on behind the scenes. One student’s role in making the show a success is student director Kellyn Miller.
Miller is an eleventh grade student, and the drama club president at the Tyrone Area High School. Her other interests include concert choir and English class. When she graduates, she wants to major in theater or English. That is why she feels being the student director for the musical is such a beneficial experience for her. It gives her a chance to see what life is like for the directors and producers behind the scenes of a play.
“What happened was that I told Mrs. Young at the beginning of the year that if there was anything she wanted me to do that was technical, I would do it,” said Miller. “I got a call from Kim McGinnis Green who was one of the auditioners, and she asked me and said they had chosen me if I wanted to do it. They had chosen me from my past and being drama club president and from a lot of what I know about theater.”
After Miller accepted the responsibility of student director, she immediately began working with play director Ed Kuhstos on the blocking for the characters. This is where she and Kuhstos decided where the characters of the play would move around on stage. Miller is at most every practice, and she is responsible for following the play and telling the characters their lines if they forget them. Also, she works with the actors on skills that are needed for the musical like choreography and singing. She does a lot of backstage and technical work and is really getting the all-around experience of what is it like to be a real director for a play.
“It’s a very good insight into the future. I’d like to teach theater,” said Miller about her plans after high school.
As for other students in the musical, Miller said that they are working very hard, and practice is going well. The students are learning a variety of songs and choreography from country-western and calypso to pop and rock.
Miller believes everyone should support the students of the musical and go to watch the play either Friday, April 25 or Saturday, April 26 at the high school auditorium. Call 684-4240, ext. 3703 to order advanced tickets. General admission tickets will be available at the door.
“I think that people should come see the show because it’s a good escape from reality,” said Miller. “It’s a fun show, and you’ll leave on a high note. The kids have worked really hard, and it shows. It’s very well put together.”