AUDITION INFORMATION

Everything you Need to Know about the Audition Process!!

GENERAL AUDITION INFORMATION

If cast, there is a  $50 supply fee which includes script, t-shirt, costumes, and production supplies.

 

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Casting Ages : 10 and up!

Audition Sign Ups Open: Thursday, September 2, 2021

Auditions: Thursday, September 23 and Friday, September 24, 6-9pm

Call Backs: Saturday, September 25, 9am - 12 noon

Auditions and Call Backs held at: ArtsView Children's Theatre, 313 W. Tyler St., Longview, TX 75601  

*Participation in audition does not guarantee a role in the production.*

~ See audition details below ~

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STORY SYNOPSIS

One of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers and the coat of many colors.

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.

The magical musical is full of catchy songs in a variety of styles, from a parody of French ballads (“Those Canaan Days”), to country-western (“One More Angel in Heaven”) and calypso (“Benjamin Calypso”), along with the unforgettable classics “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door.”

Appropriate for all audiences and groups, Joseph is performed hundreds of times a year by schools across North America, the U.K. and around the world.

CASTING

We are looking to cast actors and actresses ages 10 and up. All roles are open to audition. We are seeking an ensemble cast for this production, to include: 14 actors who can portray a young adult/adult male and 11 actresses who can portray a young adult/adult female. We are also seeking young actors and actresses who are at least 10 to be cast as the Children's Chorus. Please see Audition Details below for specific Audition information. 

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:
Joseph (lead, male) - 11th son of Jacob, and the favorite. Looking for a strong actor with a confident but charming personality. Must be comfortable being potentially shirtless on stage. Must move and sing very well. Vocal Range: Tenor A2 to A4
Narrator (lead, female) - The host of our show who guides our audience gently through the story. Must be adept at both being the focal point and then "blending" into the scene. Looking for an excellent singer that can completely invest in the storytelling aspect. Vocal Range: Soprano with a strong belt - F#3 to G5
Jacob/Potiphar (supporting, male) - This actor will play 2 distinct roles. Jacob is the father of Joseph and his brothers, who unwittingly causes friction between Joseph and the others because he favors Joseph. Potiphar is a rich, self-indulgent, sophisticated Egyptian capitalist who buys Joseph as a slave. Looking for a strong actor who can sing and move reasonably well. Vocal Range: Baritone  - A2 to D4
Pharaoh (cameo, male) - The most powerful man in Egypt. In a strange psychological place, desperately searching for the truth in his dreams. This character is a homage to Elvis. Vocal Range: Baritone - B2 to G#4
Butler (cameo, male) and Baker (cameo, male) - both work for Pharaoh. Both meet Joseph in jail. Both will double in the Male Ensemble. Vocal Range: Butler - Baritone, Baker - High Tenor. The Butler and Baker sing together.
Mrs. Potiphar (cameo, female) - An indulgent woman who likes to get her own way and thinks first and foremost about her own personal gratification. Razor sharp, beautiful, and confident. Must be a strong dancer. Will double in the Female Ensemble. Mrs. Potiphar does not sing, however, the female ensemble does.
Apache Dancer (cameo, female) - Must be a strong partner dancer, as she will dance with a brother. Will double in the Female Ensemble. Apache Dancer does not sing, however, the female ensemble does.
Male Ensemble - Will play multiple roles throughout the show, including a specific brother of Joseph (Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, or Benjamin). Soloists for "One More Angel in Heaven", "Those Canaan Days", and "Benjamin Calypso" will be selected from these actors. A dance soloist will also be selected from here to dance with the Apache Dancer. We would like to find a group of 11 actors who are exceptional singers that can also move well. 
Female Ensemble - Will play multiple roles throughout the show, including wives to the brothers. This ensemble will sing and dance throughout the entire show. We would like to find a group of 11 actresses who are exceptional singers and can move well. 
Children's Chorus (ensemble, boys and girls) - this group of children will sing and dance throughout the show. This show is being told to them by the Narrator. 
**PLEASE NOTE: physical appearance, specific to height, as well as physical and on-stage maturity, will be a determining factor in the casting of this show. Auditioners may be considered for either Children's Chorus or a Young Adult/Adult/Ensemble role as determined by height and stage presence.**


 

AUDITION DETAILS

**THE AUDITION DETAILS FOR THIS SHOW ARE DIFFERENT THAN PREVIOUS SHOWS**

Those auditioning will be asked to sing up to 1 minute of a fully memorized Pop, Rock, or Musical Theatre song of your choice that is in the style of the show. This song should showcase the style and vocal range of the character(s) for which you are auditioning. ADDITIONALLY, each person will be asked to sing a segment of a song from the preselected set of songs linked below specifically from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Each Auditioner should select a ONE segment from the link below and come prepared to sing this section PLUS the song of their choosing described above. The segment from the preselected songs found at the link below does not have to be memorized. Sheet music of those segments from the show will be available for your use during the audition. Vocalization may also be assessed during the audition to determine your vocal range and harmonizing abilities.

SONG SEGMENT LINKS:

Prologue Segment (female)

A Pharoah's Story Segment (female)

One More Angel Segment (male)

Pharoah's Dream Explained Segment (male)

    Please bring an instrumental track WITH NO VOICES of your prepared song with you. Your track can be played on a CD or off your phone/ipad/ipod. We will supply a speaker with a connector for your phone. You may also accompany yourself with a handheld instrument (guitar, ukulele, etc). There will be an accompanist provided through ArtsView if you would like to bring sheet music with your selection marked in highlighter and not use a recording. A cappella singing is NOT permitted. Auditioners will also be asked to perform a brief dance combination that will be taught at the audtion. During the audition process, you will also interact with those who are in your audition group. Ages may range from 10 to 99. 

Please come in clothes that allow freedom of movement while allowing you to remain appropriately covered. Out of respect for the wide age range and for your safety, crop tops, tube tops, sports bras with no over shirt, short shorts or skirts, high heels, and/or open toed shoes are strongly discouraged. Hair should be styled so that it remains out of your face during the audition process.

AUDITION PREPARATION

Audition Preparation

  1. Register for your audition time here.

  2. Check the rehearsal and performance dates on the calendar here for scheduling conflicts. Be sure to list these on your Audition Information Sheets that will be available at auditions.

  3. Please double check the section above for audition details and come prepared with and to perform your audition selections. All specific audition information is above and arriving prepared will help your audition experience. Please note that you will *not* be able to connect your music via Bluetooth if you choose to use our speaker.

  4. Please wear comfortable, modest clothing and athletic sneakers, dance/jazz shoes.

  5. You may learn a short bit of choreography to determine dance ability.

  6. Be prepared to take direction and be willing to show character traits.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT AUDITIONS

What to Expect at Auditions - PLEASE NOTE, IN ORDER TO AUDITION, YOU MUST REGISTER FOR AN AUDITION SLOT BY FOLLOWING THE LINK PROVIDED AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE. 

  1. Arrive 10-15 minutes before your auditions begin, and plan to stay the entire time. Parents, please come in so you can complete (or double check) and sign the audition information sheet if your child is not 18. 

  2. Sign in and have your picture taken (if needed).

  3. Go over Audition Information Sheets (hard copies available at your audition) to make sure you have marked all conflicts (see calendar here). Attach photo & turn in paperwork. Parents, please double check and ensure all known conflicts are listed on the audition paperwork. We expect there to be some conflicts, so please do not worry if you have conflicts to list, as we will do our best to work around conflicts if possible. Please list conflicts for all dates including the tentative rehearsal dates that may or may not be needed.  **Clear background checks are a prerequisite for all ArtsView volunteers, staff, cast, and production team members, ages 18 & up, as part of ArtsView’s child safety policy. Adults auditioning will be asked to turn in a background check form prior to your audition that will be processed before casting.**

  4. Auditions are closed. This means that only actors are allowed in the audition room. There is a waiting area for parents, friends, siblings, cheering sections, etc. 

  5. Auditions may include reading from the script and character movement. Be willing to “try” any direction the audition panel may give you.

  6. Auditions at ArtsView Children's Theatre are held in a group format. You will be auditioning with multiple other auditioners who may be older or younger than you. 

  7. Please contact the theatre if you need to make alternate arrangements for your audition. These arrangements are decided upon in a case by case basis and may include the option of a video audition, etc. The theatre can be reached by calling 903-236-7535 or emailing artsview@artsviewact.com

  8. If Call Backs are needed, a Call Back List will be posted on our door, our website, and our Facebook and Instagram pages following the Friday auditions. More information will be given to each audition group at their audition regarding this process.

CALLBACKS

Call Backs will be held on Saturday, September 25th, from 9am - 12 noon, with the possibility of ending early. Those considered only for the Children's Chorus will most likely not be on the Call Back list, as the majority of the Children's Chorus will be cast directly from their audition.

Call Backs will be at ArtsView Children's Theatre.

For shows that do include a Call Back: 

  1. If you are “called back,” it is simply because the director needs to see you again before casting. If requested to attend Callbacks, please return to ArtsView for the scheduled call back time listed above. You are encouraged to arrive 10 - 15 minutes early to ensure we can begin promptly. Participation in Callbacks does not guarantee a role in the production. Likewise, not being called back does not mean you have not been cast. It simply means we did not need to see you again before deciding.

  2. Dress requirements are the same as the audition.

  3. Please plan to stay the entire time. Check in at the front desk. You will receive a name tag to be worn on your RIGHT SHOULDER.

  4. Callbacks are closed, therefore, parents/friends/family members will not be permitted in the theater unless there is an emergency.

  5. There will be a short discussion regarding the agenda for call backs.

  6. Actors will participate in vocal and physical warm-ups as a group.

  7. You may read excerpts from the script with other actors and/or by yourself. Be prepared to read for all parts.

The Cast List will be posted on the front door at ArtsView, on Facebook, and on our website once the show is cast.

REHEARSAL DATES

All rehearsals will be held at ArtsView Children's Theatre. 

 

Rehearsals are as follows:

 EVERY Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, beginning Monday, September 27th - Thursday, November 11th, from 6pm - 8:30pm, AS WELL AS the occasional Saturday (October 9th, 23rd, and November 13th) from 9am - 3pm, and the entire week of November 15-21, which is known as Tech Week. Tech Week also is when Call Times are in effect. Call Times may begin as early as 4:30pm and will last until 9pm or the end of the performance on show nights.

 Specific dates are: 

 September 27, 28, 30

 October 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28

 November 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21. With a tentative rehearsal on Friday, November 12th, if needed.  

  

PERFORMANCE DATES

All performances will be held at ArtsView Children’s Theatre and are ticketed performances. Tickets must be purchased in advance online or by calling the office. Please note, there may not be door sales for this show. 

Thursday, November 18th - 7pm

Friday, November, 19th - 7pm

Saturday, November 20th - 2pm

Saturday, November 20th - 7pm

Sunday, November 21st - 2pm