Artistry Theater Auditions for JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT

Artistry seeks a multi-racial cast for a reimagining of Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Music by Andrew Lloyd Weber. Lyrics by Tim Rice. 

Directed by Michael Matthew Ferrell.

Music Direction by Denise Prosek

Auditions will be held at Bloomington Center for the Arts on February 18 from 12pm-4pm and February 19 from 6-10pm. Callbacks will be held the evening of February 21.

Auditions are by appointment only. Appointments are made on a first come, first serve basis. To make an appointment for an audition, please email audition@artistrymn.org. In the body of the email, please include your:

·        full name

·        email address

·        primary contact phone number

·        preferred Audition Date (Feb 18th or Feb 19th)

·        digital headshot and resume

A staff member will contact you to schedule an audition. Note that our audition slots fill up quickly. You will be notified if audition slots are full.

Please prepare a one minute monologue and 16 bars of music along with a hard copy of headshot and resume. 

Rehearsals begin June 19. Rehearsal will generally be held evenings and weekends. Daytime rehearsals may be held according to actors’ availability. The production runs in The Schneider Theater at the Bloomington Center for the Arts in July 29-August 27 (Dates subject to change)

Thank you for your consideration. We hope to see you there.

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Roles to be Cast:

·        Narrator: 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.

·        Jacob: The father of twelve sons, his favorite being 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. Usually doubles as Potiphar.

·        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.

·        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. Usually played by the actor playing Jacob.

·        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. Also plays one of the wives.

·        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. Played by one of the brothers.

·        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. Played by one of the brothers.

·        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. Sometimes played by one of the brothers.

·        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. The brothers also double as Egyptians and servants of Potiphar.

o   Reuben: Eldest son of Jacob. Takes the lead on "One More Angel in Heaven"

o   Simeon: Second son of Jacob. Takes the lead on "Those Canaan Days"

o   Levi: Third son of Jacob.

o   Judah: Fourth son of Jacob. Takes the lead on "Benjamin Calypso".

o   Dan: Fifth son of Jacob.

o   Naphtali: Sixth son of Jacob.

o   Gad: Seventh son of Jacob.

o   Asher: Eighth son of Jacob.

o   Issachar: Ninth son of Jacob.

o   Zebulun: Tenth son of Jacob.

o   Benjamin: Twelfth son of Jacob. Joseph accuses him of stealing the golden cup.

·        The Wives: The wives of Jacob. The actresses playing the wives also double as Egyptians and servants of Potiphar.

About Artistry:

Formerly known as Bloomington Civic Theater, Artistry is an independent arts organization based in the city-owned Bloomington Center for the Arts. We produce arts experiences of exceptional quality in an accessible, welcoming setting, serving a regional audience of more than 80,000. “Welcoming and nurturing talent” is a key part of our mission. Toward that end, we provide opportunities for early-career artists to learn and grow, and for established artists to work in new ways. 

About the Director:

Michael Matthew Ferrell is a three time Ivey Award winner. 2014 Ivey Award Overall Production for Cabaret , 2013 Ivey Award recipient for his work on Singin In The Rain, and 2007 Ivey Award recipient for High School Musical .

He was also named  2015 & 2010 Choreographer of the Year by Lavender Magazine.

Theater Credits include Hairspray ,Guys and Doll’s, Singin In The RainLes Miserables, 42nd Street On The Town and Oklahoma for Artistry. Gypsy Oliver,CabaretAidaCompanySpring AwakeningThe 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Evita ,The Full Monty, Parade ,The Rink ,and Passage of Dreams for Theatre Latte Da. RagTime, and The Fantastics for Park Square Theatre. You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Grand Night for Singing, and Broadway’s Legendary Ladies at The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts . Shrek,Wizard of Oz, Annie, Babe The Sheep Pig,TommySpelling Bee, Disney’s High SchoolMusical ,A Year with Frog and Toad ,and Fashion 47 for The Children’s Theatre Company. Cats, Annie, The Sound of Music, Camelot, Music Man, My Fair Lady, Forever Plaid, Oklahoma, and Can Can for Chanhassen Theatre's. Mary Poppins, White ChristmasAnything Goes for the Duluth Playhouse.  

 Additionally his work has been seen at The Ivey Awards, Children’s Theatre Curtain Call Ball, The Minnesota Opera Company, Sesame Street, Stages Theatre Company, Pantages Theatre, Hennepin Theatre Trust Spotlight Awards  and Guthrie Theatre. He has also staged many corporate events with clients including Target Corporation and American Payroll Association .

He is also the Founder and Artistic Director of Alive & Kickin, the Twin Cities premier musical ensemble of Rockin Senior Citizens in which he won the WCCO Making A Difference Award . He has also taught and worked at several academic schools including U of M ,UMD,Gus Davis Academy, St Olaf College, Eastview, Hill Murray, Minnetonka and Spooner WI .

About Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: 

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. He is purchased by Potiphar where thwarting advances from Potiphar's wife lands him in jail. When news of Joseph's gift to interpret dreams reaches the Pharaoh, Joseph is well on his way to becoming second in command. Eventually his brothers, having suffered greatly, unknowingly find themselves groveling at the feet of the brother they betrayed but no longer recognize. After testing their integrity, Joseph reveals himself leading to a heartfelt reconciliation of the sons of Israel. 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.

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