Prep show leaves behind a ‘technicolor’ range of emotions


Dominick Scarpino, Staff Writer

From April 27 to April 30, the Cathedral Prep Theater program performed Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in the Prep Auditorium for members of the school and local community. The show production was led by Fr. Mike DeMartinis, the longtime director of the Prep theatre program.

“It was really a great experience to be back on stage singing and dancing with a large cast,” junior Emma Kill, who played an Adoring Girl in the play, said. “I haven’t been able to do complex, lively choreography like we did for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat since before COVID started. It is always great when you get to get with a large cast to work as hard on a show as we did with this one! I also heard from a ton of people that it was the best show Prep has put on in a long time.”

This show required a lot of work to be put into it. Here is some of what that work looked like.

“We had rehearsals Monday to Thursday until about 5:30 every week for the last 10 weeks,” show director Fr. Mike DeMartinis said, “Then during tech week, we are here pretty late every night until about 9 o’clock. I am so proud of how hard this cast worked in order to pull this amazing performance off. They really all pulled together as a team in order to get it done and ready to perform.”

This performance was also the last performance for a lot of graduating seniors. It was an incredibly bittersweet experience for every one of them.

“The only reason I even joined theater was because my friends were doing it and kept trying to persuade me,” senior Adam Gavio, who played Asher in the show, said. “Eventually, I gave it a try and obviously got sucked in, because Joseph was my 4th show. They mean a lot to me because of the people I have met, and the relationships we built with each other because it brought a vibrancy that was missing in my life. The parts I will remember most are tech week (the final week before the show) because we practically live in the school building and don’t get to leave until around 9 o’clock at night.”

This was senior Anthony Frisina’s first play in the program. He played the main role of Joseph in the play.

“The show was incredible to be a part of,” Anthony said, “The show meant the world to me. Seeing all of the people in the crowd, cheering us on, was so motivating for me. Performing this show and getting to work with all of these incredible people is definitely the happiest moment of my life!”