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A Contemporary Biblical Tale By Jessica Kim The Bexerly Hills High School's production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," a contemporar. musical adding a livel) zest to the tradi.tio,al Bible story, will be performed on April 6, 7, and 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the K.L. Peters' Audm.,rium. "'Joseph" is a lot of fun because it's a rock 'n' roll shiny/' director Herb Hall said. "The kids have a lot of fun because it's all contemporag...One of :.he numbers is actually a spin-off of the 'Backstreet Boys'." Contrary to most contemporary musicals with increasingly small casts, "Joseph" requires a large cast to work as a whole. "'/oseph' is an ensemble piece," Hall said. This ,hm has J;,eph',, title in it. and it',, about Joseph: but the maiorib of the acting i carried by his 11 brothers, v, ho in an 3 other show would be considered the cho- res," Hall continued. "We want peo- ple to know that Joseph isn't the main character." Indeed, the list of !ading charac- ters is a lengthy one. Sophomore Warren Sroka plays the part of Joseph. Two narrators, sopho- more Sharone Sayegh and senior Ariana Shore (who played Dolly last year in "Hello, Dolly!"), tell the story. Joseph's eleven brothers include juniors Mike Wells, Adam Scher, Noah Pivko and Josh Farahnik, seniors Omari Christian, Edward Pang and Roberl Tancnbaum, sopho- mores Ryan Cooper, Marcus Toji and l)anny Ehrhardt. and freshman Ryan \\;Vei ss. Sayegh. for whom this is her first musical, commended the east of "Joseph." "The ::ast is amazing," Sayegh said. "Everyone is really supportive and has great ideas. Being a part of 'Joseph' is a lot of fun and there's something new to see every day." Working in conjunction with direc- tor Hall are producer Katie Grant, musical director Joel Pressman, choreographer Janet Roston and con- ductor Richard Farmer. Annie Terry is technical director and Suzanne Marchant is costume designer. Actor Wclls believes "Joscph" is unique for its modernity. "'Joseph' is the first modem musi- cal [we've had at Beverly], that it, it's modem in its diversity and in atti- tude," Wells said. "It's about a Bible story, which is contradictory, but it has a Jamaican number, a French number.., and it's full of comical numbers," Wells id. "It's a lot less conservative and allow.,, an actor much more freedom." Tickets are $8 for students and $13 for adults, with reserved seat- ing. A matinee performance will be held on April 5 at 2 p.m. for $6. Call 310.551.5100 x8459 A Day of Observation for Beverly Students and Curriculum By Margaret Boyle On March 27 and 28, Beverly Hills High School took a step closer to recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School with its visit from Dr. Rosalyn Bratcher. Assistant Superintendent Diane Dawson said. "We're feeling very good and confident that we were selected for the visit." Bratcher, who has over 28 years of experience in Texas Public schools, is currently serving as Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Services in New Braunfeis ISD. Her two day visit began with a tour of the cam- pus, led by seniors Gabe Halimi and Erica Sorosky and junior Yoav Lurie. Following the tour, Bratcher spent time in class- room visitations, observing a daily class routine. "Basically the visits were just to get a taste of our everyday class life," Counselor Chuck Howard said. "But, we wanted also to emphasize the concept of active learning .. basically making sure the students were involved." Also included in her two day, visit were meetings with groups of students, parents, faculty members and district administration. Bratcher also had the option of attending some of BHHS extra-curricular activities. Time was allocated to watching sports practices, rehearsals for "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", and the taping of "The Norman Newsservice". Earlier this year, BHHS was selected by the National Review Panel and recommended for the site visit. The purpose of the visit was to verify the accuracy of the information the school had provid- ed in its application and to gather any additional information the panel has requested. The panel wll consider Bratcher's report on the high chool before it makes its recommendations for National Blue Ribbon awards to the. U.S. Secretary of Education. In their application for the award, BHtlS was required to describe their successes in studcnt focus and support, school organization and culture, chal- lenging standards and curriculum, active teaching and learning, community and family partnerships, leadership and educational vitality, and standard- ized testing results. THE PRINCETON REVIEW PS00T . SAT I . SAT II , Better Scores, Better Schools (800) 2-REVIEW (310) 473-3423 www.revtew.com II March 30 - April 5, 2000 * 13