Artisan Center Theater (NON EQUITY) announces auditions for
the Main Stage production of
Joseph and the Amazing
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Directed by Eve Roberts
Choreography by Michael Anthony Sylvester
Music Direction by Richard Gwozdz
Performed at Artisan Center Theater
at 444 East Pipeline Road, Hurst, Texas
The irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son.
AUDITION DATES: Monday, February 25, 2019 from 7-10pm and Tuesday, February 26, 2019 from 7-10pm.
CALLBACKS: Callbacks will be held Wednesday, February 27, 2019 from 7-10pm.
LOCATION: Auditions will be at Artisan Center Theater at 444 East Pipeline Road, Hurst, Texas 76053.
REHEARSAL DATES: Rehearsals will begin Monday, April 8, 2019 and will be Monday-Friday from 7-10p and Saturdays from 9a-5p. IMPORTANT – Mandatory choreography rehearsal attendance dates: April 15-27.
PRODUCTION DATES: The production runs May 24-June 29, 2019. Performances are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 7:30pm, with additional Saturday matinees at 3pm beginning June 1. Most parts are double cast to accommodate scheduling.
AUDITION INSTRUCTIONS: Vocal auditions are by appointment. Copy the following link into your browser and then make an appointment: http://www.meetme.so/ArtisanCenterTheater
Please choose ONLY 16 bars of a song in the style of the show that will best display your vocal ability and come prepared to sing with your sheet music cut and marked and in the appropriate key. An accompanist will be provided so accompaniment CDs or phone recordings may not be used.
Please bring a headshot/resume and your completed audition information found at http://artisanct.com/auditions.
The dance auditions will be from 8:30-10pm on February 25 and 26. All actors who wish to be considered for a role must attend one of the two dance auditions. Actors will learn and perform a dance combination, so please bring clothes you are comfortable dancing in and appropriate dance shoes. Please be warmed up and ready to dance.
If asked to return for a callback, expect to dance and possibly sing a song from the show (song cuts are provided at http://artisanct.com/auditions).
Actors will be given six complimentary vouchers to be used during the first four performances, a season ticket (valid for one year) to be used during the first week of Main Stage productions, a show t-shirt and access to digital production photos.
ABOUT THE SHOW:
Told entirely through song with the help of a main character Narrator, the musical follows preferred son Joseph. After being sold into slavery by his brothers, he ingratiates himself with Egyptian noble Potiphar, but ends up in jail after refusing the amorous advances of Potiphar’s wife. While imprisoned, Joseph discovers his ability to interpret dreams, and he soon finds himself in front of the mighty but troubled, Elvis-inspired, Pharaoh. Joseph’s solution to Egypt’s famine elevates him to Pharaoh’s right-hand man and reunites him with his family.
Looking for performers of all types. Hip Hop, Jazz Funk, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, and any kind of specialty acts strongly encouraged to audition.
Joseph: Male, 25+ High Tenor, Vocal Range Low A to High G, All Ethnicities.
Eleventh son of Jacob and Jacob’s favorite. Joseph begins as a cocky teenager who, through dealing with life’s adversities, becomes a humble man and a true leader. We are looking for a genuine and truthful approach to the character - a strong actor with a confident but charming personality, physically-fit and attractive. Must move and sing very well.
Narrator: Female, 25+ Soprano with Mix Range, Low F# to High G, All Ethnicities.
The Narrator is our host, and through word and song guides the audience gently through the story of Joseph and his brothers. Looking for a quirky, unique, and fun storyteller! The narrator must be a character actor - adept at both being the focal point and then “blending” into the scene. Would love to have someone who can completely invest in the storytelling aspect.
Pharaoh: Male, 25+ (Sometimes played by one of the brothers) Baritone, Low B to High G#, All Ethnicities.
Pharaoh is the most powerful man in Egypt, and considered a god on earth. He is in a strange psychological place and is desperately searching for the truth in his dreams. 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.
Potiphar: Male, 35+ (Sometimes doubles as Jacob) Baritone, Vocal Range D to B, All Ethnicities.
Potiphar needs to be a strong actor as well as a good singer. Potiphar is a rich, self-indulgent and sophisticated Egyptian capitalist who buys 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. However, when he grows suspicious of Mrs. Potiphar and Joseph, he grows angry and has Joseph thrown into prison.
Mrs. Potiphar: Female, 25+ Alto/Mezzo, Strong Dancer, All Ethnicities.
Mrs. Potiphar is an indulgent woman who likes to get her own way, and thinks first and foremost about her own personal gratification. Beautiful and scheming, Mrs. Potiphar tries to seduce Joseph, but is unsuccessful. However, she does manage to rip off a part of his clothing just as her husband comes into the room, thus condemning him to prison. Also plays one of the wives.
Jacob: Male, 35+ (Sometimes doubles as Potiphar) Baritone, Low A to C, All Ethnicities.
Jacob is the father of Joseph and his 11 brothers. He clearly favors Joseph as the first son of his favorite wife; unwittingly causing the friction that exists between Joseph and his brothers. 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. Jacob needs to be a good actor, who can sing and move well.
Baker: Male or Female, (Sometimes played by one of the brothers/wives) Tenor/Alto, 20+ All Ethnicities.
The Baker needs to be good singer, actor, and dancer. One of Pharaoh's servants, the Baker is in prison with Joseph who correctly interprets his/her dreams and predicts that he/she will be put to death. This is a decent person in a precarious situation.
Butler: Male, 20+ (Sometimes played by one of the brothers) Tenor, All Ethnicities.
The Butler is another of Pharaoh's servants, and is also in prison. Joseph 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.
The Wives: Females 16+, All Ethnicities.
The Wives play multiple roles throughout the show, including wives to Jacob and his sons and citizens of Egypt. They sing and dance throughout the entire show. Actresses should be energetic and move well. Featured roles and solos will come from the ensemble, so we are looking for a well-rounded group of actors that can flourish in a variety of musical and physical styles while staying grounded and truthful to the storytelling.
Apache Dancer: (Solo dance performed by one of the Wives)
The Apache dance is part of “Those Canaan Days”. This featured dancer helps the brothers remember what life was like before the famine.
Joseph's 11 Brothers: Male, 14+ (to play age 17+), All Ethnicities. The brothers also double as Egyptians and servants of Potiphar. (Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin) Are jealous of Joseph being their father’s favorite son, sell Joseph into slavery, and ultimately realize they were wrong. 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: (May also take the lead on "One More Angel in Heaven”) Eldest son of Jacob with Leah. He is the one who is quickest to lie to Jacob, and tell him Joseph is dead.
Simeon: (May also take the lead on "Those Canaan Days”) Second son of Jacob with Leah. He is the brother who is first able to openly admit that they created their own misery by selling off Joseph.
Levi: Third son of Jacob with Leah.
Judah: (May also sing "Benjamin Calypso”) Fourth son of Jacob with Leah. He is the first brother who lays down his life for his youngest brother Benjamin.
Dan: Fifth son of Jacob with Rachel’s maidservant Bilhah.
Naphtali: Sixth son of Jacob with Rachel’s maidservant Bilhah.
Gad: Seventh son of Jacob with Leah’s maidservant Zilpah.
Asher: Eighth son of Jacob with Leah’s maidservant Zilpah.
Issachar: Ninth son of Jacob with Leah.
Zebulun: Tenth son of Jacob with Leah.
Benjamin: Twelfth son of Jacob with Rachel. He is the youngest, most innocent. Joseph accuses him of stealing the golden cup.
SONG CUTS FOR CALLBACKS LINK
Prologue: measures 3 – 20;
Pharaoh Story: measures 5 – 31
One More Angel: measures 10 – 33;
Those Canaan Days: measures 40 – 68;
Benjamin Calypso: measures 11 – 26
Joseph - Close Every Door: measures 81 – 108
Pharaoh - Song of the King: measures 54 – 77