Running To Places and “Joseph” at the Hangar Theatre

by imageguy

On February 25th through 27th at Ithaca’s newly renovated Hangar Theatre, it was the middle school contingent of performing stars from Running To Places that came together to present Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

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Narrators Arin Caveney, Dina Rigas, Keara Byron, and Michael Sloan introduced us to the story and lead the production throughout, singing, dancing, and bringing the words of the tale to the audience. Joseph was brought to life in the form of Joel Beckwith, another in the line of R2P stars from the Beckwith family who have entertained us again and again. A great job, Joel!

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The entire ensemble gave a tight, funny, and masterful performance on a simple, but fabulous stage in the Hangar’s sold out theatre, playing to three sides and even up into the crowd. Great stage and lighting design by Tyler Perry and costumes by Michelle Roy added a real professional look to the whole production.

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Other notable performances came from Tommy Strawderman as Potiphar, Bretana Turkon as Potifar’s wife, Ariana Rivera and Marissa Fargnoli-Peterson as the Butler and the Baker, and, for me, amazing standouts Erin Hilgartner (from another family of R2P headliners) as Judah and Bryce Damiani as The Pharaoh.

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Erin is a bright shining little peanut with such personality and her performance in Benjamin Calypso was fantastic. Bryce brought great character as the Elvis like Pharaoh, strutting and posing like a Vegas lounge star.

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And I don’t want to fail to mention wonderful performances by Lisa Podulka, singing the lead in One More Angel In Heaven and Noah Elman in Those Canaan Days. Fabulous. Bravo to all these kids and the entire ensemble for all their hard work and for pulling together such a great and entertaining show. With these talented middle schoolers, we have years of wonderful song, dance, and acting ahead in future productions.

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As usual, kudos to the fabulous talent and mentors behind these young performers, Joey Steinhagen, the director; Gail Belokur, producer; Todd Peterson, choreographer; Michael Wade, music director, Jessie Jardon, stage manager, the band, and all the rest of the talented and hard working crew handling lights, electric, sound, props, costumes, carpentry and paint, concessions, tickets, and everything else that goes into these fantastic performances. I know you all work tirelessly to allow these great kids to experience the joy of performing on stage and bringing our community some of the best local talent one can experience. Your contributions are greatly appreciated. Thank you all.

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And to the sponsors and parents another big thank you! We love you all!

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All images are Copyright © George Cannon.

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