‘Joseph’ pegged as choir fundraiser

The Princeton High School choral department with help from PHS choir alumni and area residents will be performing the popular musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” about a month from now as a PHS choir fundraiser.

Six performances are planned, with one each on June 27 and 28, and two each on June 30 and July 1. The fundraiser, with a goal of $10,000 to $20,000, is to help cover the cost of the PHS choir trip to New York next school year.

“Joseph” will actually be a community production, in which no one except the choreographer will be paid, said PHS choral director Mark Potvin last week. He said that includes himself volunteering as the musical’s artistic director. The cast will include some current PHS choral students, plus students from other grades, some local residents and past PHS choir students.

The lead roles have been cast, Potvin said, but he declined to give names yet, explaining that some changes could be made. The production will take place outside on a grassy area between the west side of the high school and the football/track field. A stage will be built for the production and if there is rain, that particular performance will be cancelled, he said.

Admission will be $10 for adults and $5 for ages 12 and under.

Rehearsals are to begin June 4 and more volunteers are needed to put on the production. Anyone interested in helping can call Potvin at either his office at 389-6048, or at his home at 631-0629.

Potvin noted that this will be the first event that the newly-formed Princeton Music Ed Association will be supporting. The association’s mission is to support music education activities in grades K-12, and it will replace the band boosters club, according to Potvin.

PHS performed “Joseph,” as the musical is called for short, about a dozen years ago before Potvin began his job at PHS, and the musical was a big hit.