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It takes community spirit to make a school district musical a huge success

On April 25-26 hundreds of people will be coming to the Tyrone Area School District auditorium to watch 56 students sing, dance, act and have fun on stage during their performances of “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”
Many times people don’t see all the community spirit in volunteering their time and talents to make a show a success. In TASD’s production of “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” there are several adults, students, faculty, staff members and organizations that are helping “behind the scenes” to make sure everything goes smoothly.
Nancy Sloss has volunteered to serve as one of two stage managers. Not only has she been very valuable as a stage manager, but she has also gathered all of the props the students use during the show and makes sure they are set in the proper place so the students know what and when they use their props on stage.
Jason White has also graciously volunteered to serve as the other stage manager and the keeper of the curtain. Cindy Bennett, experienced TCP director, volunteered to serve as an acting coach for Joseph, the narrator, the 11 brothers, Mrs. Potiphar and anyone else that asked for help. As an acting coach, she gave the students guidance and direction on how to develop the character that everyone will see on stage.
Abbey Parks, Penn State University student, volunteered to serve as choreography coach. After Tara, choreographer for the show, returned to Richmond, Va., Parks stepped in to help the students make the choreography, of which there is a big amount in this show, run smoother. Altoona resident Maura Trimble has volunteered to run the lighting for the show, which is a huge task, being that the show is very bright at points and very dark at points.
Bill Stuck and Eric Feather, both faculty members at TAHS, have given many hours after their normal working day as teachers to build, paint, repair and re-construct the wonderful set that you will see during the show.
Cathy Young, music teacher, continues to multi-task to make this show a huge success. She is not only conducting the 12-piece orchestra, but also had to make sure she hired 12 people to play in the orchestra. She also served as the purchasing agent for the show, taught the music (some in four part harmony) to all 56 cast members, learned choreography, was seen at times with a paint brush in her hand, helped physically place the set on the stage, and who knows what else she could have done.
The Key Club and the National Honor Society students have volunteered to serve as ushers for the show. Mrs. Gardner’s and Mrs. Volders’ business classes have helped in laying out the playbook and getting it prepared for printing. As anyone can see, it takes many wonderful and willing volunteers to make the show a huge success.
If anyone hasn’t purchased tickets for either the Friday, April 25 or Saturday, April 26 performances, they are still available. Call 684-4240, extension 3703 for reserved tickets.
If after the show anyone sees these individuals, make sure to thank them for a “great job.” It is wonderful to see community volunteerism at its best, and Tyrone should be very proud of that fact.