Auditions are by appointment only. Auditions will be held at Decatur First United Methodist Church and consist of a private vocal audition (16-32 bars) and a group dance audition (when applicable). Please review the character breakdown below as well as the rehearsal schedule. Be COMPLETELY honest about your availability. We reserve the right to deny conflicts mentioned post-casting.
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
Auditions: June 1 and 3 - Callbacks (if needed): June 4
Rehearsals: Aug 10 (yes, a Saturday) through Sept 26 - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 7:30-10/10:30
Mandatory Tech Week - Sept 28 - Oct 3
Performances - Oct 4 at 8pm and 5 at 2pm and 7pm
Please prepare 16-32 bars of a song of your choice that showcases your voice. A pianist will be provided. You must sign up for an audition time. You will be asked to stay for a dance audition with the other auditionees with similar times. The dance audition is NOT difficult - we just want to see how you move. Remember - we want you to succeed, promise!
Narrator: (Soprano with extended mix/belt range) 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. **We may be casting 2 women in this role to split the vocals**
Jacob: (50-75 years old - Baritone) The father of the twelve sons, Jacob definitely favors Joseph. At times he may appear unfair and shallow, but he is, more importantly, the prophet who recognizes the future and the calling of Joseph, thus saving the House of Israel.
Joseph: (High Tenor - Low A to High G) 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.
The Brothers: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Napthali, Isaacher, Asher, Dan, Zebulun, Gad, Benjamin, Judah—although acting usually as a group—have their own different personalities, talents, and flaw. 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, and also double as Egyptians in many cases.
Reuben: Oldest Brother of Joseph - takes the lead vocal on “One More Angel in Heaven” - the country tune
Simeon: Second Oldest Brother - takes the lead on “Those Canaan Days” - the French cafe song
Judah: 4th Oldest Brother - takes the lead on “Benjamin Calypso”
Potiphar: (Baritone - May double as Jacob) 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 his wife and Joseph, however, he grows angry and has Joseph thrown into prison
Mrs. Potiphar: Beautiful and scheming, Mrs. Potiphar tries to seduce Joseph (unsuccessfully). However, she does manage to get Joseph in to trouble with her husband, 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 household. It is the Butler who tells Pharaoh about Joseph and his uncanny ability with dreams.
Pharaoh: (Baritone - Low B to High G # - “Elvis”) 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.\
Female Ensemble: Will play multiple roles throughout the show such as wives to the brothers and citizens of Egypt. Will sing and dance and be very present throughout the show.
Children’s Chorus: Male and Female - sing and dance with the characters throughout the show.
Decatur First United Methodist Church
|| Kate Merrihew