AUDITION NOTICE: JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
MIDDLE AND UPPER SCHOOL STUDENTS
WHERE: Hutchison School, Wiener Theatre
WHEN: Tuesday, August 21; 3:45-6:00pm & Wednesday, August 22; 2:45-6:00pm
CALLBACKS: Thursday, August 23; 3:45-6:00pm
Please click to see what to prepare for your audition.
REHEARSAL TIMES: Mon-Fri afterschool until 6:00pm and some Saturdays (TBD)
REHEARSALS BEGIN: Tuesday, September 4; 3:45-6:00pm
PERFORMANCE DATES: November 9, 10, 11, and 12, 2018
WHAT TO PREPARE:
- PREPARE A SONG (your choice) 16 to 32 bars in the style of the show (pop, rock, gospel, country-western or contemporary musical theatre) or it could be a song from the show. Choose a song that accurately demonstrates your vocal ability and range that you feel confident performing. Please bring your own sheet music and have it ready in the appropriate key. An accompanist will be provided. ALL ROLES REQUIRE SINGING.
- DANCE/MOVEMENT: Wear comfortable clothing and appropriate shoes to move in. We will be teaching everyone a short dance combination to assess comfort with movement.
- CALLBACKS: If needed, participants will be asked to learn specific sections from songs from the production. We will provide the sheet music and teach the sections.
Please make sure you fill out an AUDITION FORM either at the audition or download the form from the Hutchison School website, fill it out and bring it with you.
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by Tim Rice
The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Joseph, his father's favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock 'n' roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless.
Narrator(s): A woman, not of the time or place of the action. The Narrator tells the story through word and song, guiding the audience gently through the story of Joseph and his brothers, usually gives meaning to the story with her/his words.
Joseph: Eleventh son of Jacob. Obviously, his father’s favorite, Joseph early on shows a talent for interpreting dreams and telling the future. This gets him into trouble with his brothers when he predicts his future will include ruling over the other eleven. However, it saves his life when in Egypt he correctly interprets Pharaoh’s dreams. In the end he has risen to a great position of power, but he still forgives his brothers and brings his family to Egypt to partake of the bounty he has accumulated there.
Jacob: The father of twelve sons, his favorite being Joseph.
Joseph’s Eleven Brothers: Although acting usually as a group, they each have their own different personalities, talents, and flaws. As a group they sell Joseph into slavery, but as individuals they deal with the following years and how they can make amends. They sing and dance their way through many situations and places.
Reuben: Eldest son of Jacob. Takes the lead on “One More Angel in Heaven”
Simeon: Second son of Jacob. Takes the lead on “Those Canaan Days”
Levi: Third son of Jacob.
Judah: Fourth son of Jacob. Takes the lead on “Benjamin Calypso”.
Gad: Seventh son of Jacob.
Asher: Eighth son of Jacob.
Benjamin: Twelfth son of Jacob. Joseph accuses him of stealing the golden cup.
Ishmaelites: Men of the desert, they buy Joseph as a slave, take him to Egypt, and sell him to Potiphar.
Potiphar: A powerful and rich Egyptian, Potiphar purchases Joseph and puts him to work in his household, where he soon realizes that Joseph is honest, hard-working, and a great addition to his pool of help. When he grows suspicious of Mrs. Potiphar and Joseph, however, he grows angry and has Joseph thrown into prison.
Mrs. Potiphar: Beautiful and scheming, Mrs. Potiphar tries to seduce Joseph, but is unsuccessful. However, she does manage to rip off much of his clothing just as her husband comes into the room, thus condemning him to prison.
Baker: One of Pharaoh servants, the Baker is in prison with Joseph who correctly interprets his dreams and predicts that he will be put to death.
Butler: Another of Pharaoh servants, the Butler is also in prison with Joseph who also correctly interprets his dreams, this time that he will be released and taken back into Pharaoh’s household. It is the Butler who tells Pharaoh about Joseph and his uncanny ability with dreams.
Pharaoh: The most powerful man in Egypt, Pharaoh is considered a god on earth. When Joseph interprets his dreams, he promotes him to one of the highest positions in his government. In most productions, Pharaoh is portrayed as an Elvis Presley-style figure.
The Wives: The wives of Jacob.
Servants of Potiphar
Children’s chorus - Exist in the world of the Narrator(s).