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JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT

AUDITION PACK 2017


Director : Lloyd McDonald
Musical Director : Ruth Myers
Choreographers : Jess McKay and Ash Howes

Key Dates

Children’s Audition (age 12 and under)

 Saturday June 24th, 1-2pm

Teenager + Adult Audition (ages 13 +)

 Saturday June 24th 2pm – 5pm


OR
 Tuesday June 27th 7pm – 10pm

Auditions will be held at CWA Hall, 57 Wason Street, Milton.

Call Backs

TBA

Results

Cast will be announced on our Facebook Page and webpage, www. miltonfollies.org, by Wednesday, 28th June.
The first rehearsal will be Thursday 29th June 6pm-8pm at the Milton CWA Hall. Rehearsal CDs and scripts
will be handed out at this rehearsal.

Rehearsals

After the June 29th rehearsal, there will be a break until Tuesday, July 18th, when rehearsals will commence
twice weekly, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6-8pm, and continuing through to performance dates.

Rehearsals WILL continue through September/October school holidays!

There will be additional rehearsals/requirements on the following dates :

Friday 27th October : Bump In


Saturday 28th October : Technical Run Rehearsal
Sunday 29th October : Full Day Dress Rehearsal
Tuesday 31st October : Evening Dress Rehearsal
Thursday 2nd November : Evening Dress Rehearsal

Performances

Friday 3rd November : Opening Night


Saturday 4th November : Evening Performance
Sunday 5th November : Matinee Performance

Friday 10th November : Evening Performance


Saturday11th November : Evening Performance
Sunday12th November : Matinee Performance and Bump Out

All cast members are required to be available for ALL dress rehearsals and performances.

Cast members are required to attend only their character’s scheduled rehearsals, however cast that miss
scheduled rehearsals without reasonable explanation may be asked to leave the show.

To the best of our ability, the Children’s Chorus rehearsals will be scheduled between 6pm-7pm for the majority
of the rehearsal period.

Some flexibility may be possible in the rehearsal schedule. Please discuss further with the production
committee if required.

Audition Requirements

There are a wide range of lead, cameo and ensemble roles in the show. We need singers and dancers. There are
no straight acting roles. There are roles for all levels of ability. We are looking for performers who listen well,
take instruction and “light up” on stage.

All roles will be performed in our own Australian accent. The exceptions to this are the roles of PHARAOH
(Elvis Presley accent), JUDAH (Jamaican accent for "Benjamin Calypso" song), REUBEN (American cowboy
accent for "One More Angel In Heaven" song) and SIMEON (French accent for "Those Canaan Days" song).

The Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat team will be cast using a “Closed Audition” format. This
means that only the core production team (Director, Musical Director and 2 Choreographers) will be present
during the audition process. Un-authorized spectators, parents, or guardians will not be allowed to watch the
audition process.

Children’s Chorus Audition (age 12 and under)

We are looking for infants and primary school children who are enthusiastic performers and strong singers.
Your child is encouraged to learn the first two verses of "Any Dream Will Do" PRIOR TO AUDITION. As a
group, they will be taught simple moves to this song. ("Any Dream Will Do" can be viewed online
athttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7aXy-I54gA) Children will be asked to perform the song in small groups,
and may be asked to perform individually.
Parents of children in the children’s chorus must be available to assist with the rehearsal and show child
supervision roster.
Teenager and Adult Audition (ages 13+)

All principals, chorus and featured dancers will be cast at this audition. All teenage and adult cast are required
to attend one of the auditions – either Saturday June 24th OR Tuesday June 27th.
All participants will be taught a simple dance to a section of "Joseph's Dreams"(You are encouraged to become
familiar with the song. It can be viewed online https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9Lp8GsfFsI (1:25 - 2:05)

Don't be intimidated if you haven't had formal training! Have some fun with it. We also need to see how well
you can do basic stage movement.

All performers will then be asked to sing solo at a closed audition. All performers are required to book a closed
audition spot on arrival. (First in, first seen!)

Dancers auditioning for a role as a featured dancer are NOT required to sing at a closed audition. However,
due to limited numbers, we will be looking to cast dancers who are also willing to sing.

At the closed audition, a panel will assess your singing and acting.

If you are auditioning for a principal role, you are asked to PREPARE, ACT AND SING THAT
CHARACTER’S SONG as listed below.
If you are auditioning for general chorus, you are asked to PREPARE, ACT AND SING any song listed below.
Please prepare only one song. You will be considered for other roles, unless you indicate otherwise.
A backing CD will be available on the day. You will not need to prepare the whole song.

Audition Song List

NARRATOR– “Jacob and Sons” (First two verses only) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwFgJMect2g

JOSEPH – “Close Every Door” (First three verses only) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53ZZn5aH67s

PHARAOH – “Song of the King” (First verse and chorus only...approx 25 seconds into clip!)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51f9uEYGeKw

REUBEN – “One More Angel” (First 2 verses only) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0lJV4vOkAQ

SIMEON – “Those Canaan Days” (First 2 verses and chorus only) https://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=z5nS79f1OIQ

JUDAH – “Benjamin Calypso” (First 2 verses only) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIQa_fw5qW4

MRS POTIPHAR – "Jacob and Sons" (First 2 verses only). May be cast from female chorus!

MR POTIPHAR – "Jacob and Sons" (First 2 verses only) May be cast from Brothers!

TEENAGER AND ADULT CHORUS-"Jacob and Sons" (First 2 verses only)

BAKER – "Go, Go, Go Joseph" (Bakers solo ...approx 2:40 to 3:00 minutes) https://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=_Ys8hgUPREQ

BUTLER - "Go, Go, Go Joseph" (Butler's solo...approx 2:00 to 2:20 minutes) https://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=_Ys8hgUPREQ
What To Bring To Your Audition

 Comfortable clothes for dancing


 Covered shoes for dancing (No thongs, sandals OR bare feet.)
 Water bottle
 Something quiet to do while waiting
 Your completed audition form (see end of Audition pack)
 A small head and shoulder photo attached to your audition form
 MOST IMPORTANT – A FUN POSITIVE ATTITUDE!

Synopsis

The play opens with the Narrator addressing a class of eager children. The story she relates is of a young
dreamer, a man named Joseph—the same Joseph whose story is told in the Book of Genesis.
Joseph was born into a family of twelve boys, all the sons of Jacob. Joseph is Jacob’s favourite son, and, to
show everyone that he is pleased with him, Jacob gives Joseph a splendid multi-coloured coat. However, this
coat, along with Joseph’s talk of dreams he has had showing he will be the ruler of his brothers, arouse the
jealousy of the other eleven. They decide to kill him, but before they get the chance, they meet up with the
group of Ishmaelites travelling to Egypt. A plan is hatched, and they sell their brother as a slave instead.
So Joseph is taken off to Egypt, and his brothers return to tell their father that his favourite son is dead,
producing his wonderful coat—which they have stained with the blood of a goat—as proof.
Potiphar, a powerful man in Egypt, takes Joseph into his household as a slave. While there Joseph works so
hard and is so honest, that Potiphar begins to admire him greatly. Unfortunately, he also catches the eye of his
master’s wife, who tries to seduce him. When Potiphar catches them together, he assumes the worst (even
though Joseph is innocent) and sends Joseph to prison. While there Joseph meets two of Pharaoh’s servants, a
butler and a baker, both of whom have had strange dreams. Joseph interprets their dreams, correctly telling their
future.
In the meantime, Pharaoh, the most powerful man in Egypt, has also been having unusual dreams. No one can
interpret these dreams, so Pharaoh is intrigued when he hears of the young slave’s ability. He immediately has
Joseph brought before him to interpret his dreams.
Joseph offers his interpretation, that seven years of bounty will be followed by seven years of famine, and
Pharaoh is so impressed that he appoints Joseph to a post in the government. He will be in charge of storing
food for the upcoming hard times.
When the famine does hit, Joseph’s father and brothers in Canaan are ill-prepared. They hear that there is food
available in Egypt, so the brothers travel there to beg for assistance. Once there, they are brought before Joseph
who recognizes them immediately even though they do not know him. He tests their honesty and humility by
planting a golden chalice in the sack of his brother, Benjamin, to see what they will say. When confronted with
the supposed evidence of theft, the brothers maintain the boy’s innocence and offer to let themselves be taken
prisoner instead.
Joseph sees that his brothers have changed, so, to everyone’s great joy, he reveals his true identity. Finally,
Jacob is brought to Egypt to join his family and to again see his beloved son at last.
The Characters

NARRATOR: Adult Female. The Narrator is a storyteller who is sharing a wonderful tale with the children,
their families and the wider audience. She needs to be a strong singer who can draw the audience into the tale of
Joseph and his brothers. (Vocal Range – Low F# to High G)

JOSEPH: Joseph is the male lead. He needs to be able to mature from ~18 to 40ish over the course of the show.
Joseph begins as a cocky teenager who, through dealing with life’s adversities, becomes a humble man and a
true leader. He needs to be a strong singer and actor. (Vocal Range – Low A to High G)

JACOB: (Stage age – 50+): Jacob is the father of Joseph and his 11 brothers. He clearly favours Joseph as the
first son of his favourite wife, unwittingly causing the friction that exists between Joseph and his brothers.
Jacob needs to be a good actor, who can sing and move reasonably well. He will also be a part of the men’s
chorus. (Vocal Range – Low A to C)

PHARAOH: (Stage age 18-40) Pharaoh is the leader of Egypt and a very self-important man. He sings an
Elvis-style song, “Song of the King” and is very comfortable having adoring fans. He needs to be a strong
singer and actor and have good "Elvis" style movement! (Vocal Range – Low B to High G#)

POTIPHAR: (Stage age 40+): Potiphar is a wealthy, self-indulgent man. He needs to be a strong actor as well
as a good singer/speak-singer! He may double as a brother.

MRS POTIPHAR: (Stage age 30+): Mrs Potiphar is a strong woman who likes to get her own way. She thinks
first and foremost about her own personal gratification. She needs to be a confident mover/dancer, who is
comfortable moving in a seductive manner. She may also be a part of the women’s chorus.

BUTLER and BAKER: Female or male. The Butler and the Baker both work for the Pharaoh. They need to be
good singers and may be part of the chorus.

WIVES (Approximately 11): Varying ages (from 13-50) for the roles of wives, mothers, handmaidens, 6
featured dancers and chorus.

11 BROTHERS: (Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Napthali, Issachar, Asher, Dan, Zebulon, Gad, Benjamin & Judah)
(Stage ages 16 – 30s): Joseph’s 11 brothers, who were born of 4 different mothers (two wives and two
handmaidens), are jealous of Joseph and the fact that he is clearly their father’s favourite son. As brothers they
band together and gang up on Joseph to get rid of him thinking it will make their lives better. Some brothers
may double as other male roles, depending on need. All need to sing, as well as move, dance and act. We will
cast females in these roles if required.

REUBEN – sings “One More Angel in Heaven” – (Vocal Range – Low B to High F)
SIMEON – sings “Those Canaan Days” – (Vocal Range – C to High Eb)
JUDAH – sings “Benjamin Calypso” – (Vocal Range – F to High F)

CHILDRENS CHOIR: Chorus roles for boys and girls (ages 6-12) Predominately singing and some simple
dancing.

Vocal ranges are a general guide. Slight adaptations (within relevant key) may be made by our Musical
Director to accommodate some roles.
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ADULT (18+) AUDITION FORM for
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT-
2017

Name:___________________________________________________________________

Age: ____________________________________________________________________

Emergency Contact : ______________________________________________

Emergency Contact Number: _________________________________________________

Special Needs: (Allergies, Medical Conditions, Medication etc we should be aware of):

_________________________________________________________________________

Briefly list your performing experience, eg, dance, voice, instrument, acting.

___________________________________________________________________________________

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What role are you auditioning for?_______________________________________________


Are you willing to accept another role if offered: Yes / No

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CHILD + TEENAGE (under 18) AUDITION FORM for


JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT-
2017

Name:________________________________________________________________________

Age: _________________________________________________________________________

Parent / Guardian Name : ________________________________________________________

I confirm that, if my child is cast, I am available to assist with rehearsal / performance child supervision.

Parent / Guardian Signature : ______________________________________________________

Parent / Guardian Contact Number: _________________________________________________

Special Needs: (Allergies, Medical Conditions, Medication etc we should be aware of):

______________________________________________________________________________

Briefly list your performing experience, eg, dance, voice, instrument, acting.

___________________________________________________________________________________

___________________________________________________________________________________

___________________________________________________________________________________

___________________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________

___________________________________________________________________________________

What role are you auditioning for?_______________________________________________

Are you willing to accept another role if offered: Yes / No