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Auditions: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat AND Les Miserables

Auditions: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat AND Les Miserables
 

August 12th & 13th 2013 at 7:00pm until 9:00pm

 

Rehearsal schedules will be made available/discussed at auditions. Weekly music rehearsals will begin right away.
REQUIREMENTS:
Both plays are “sung through” musicals. Auditions will require the ability to sing and act through song. Those wishing to audition for key roles should come prepared with an audition piece that matches the role. For instance, if auditioning for Éponine, you should come prepared to perform “On My Own”. This is not an absolute requirement, but is HIGHLY suggested!
For chorus, minor singing roles & ensemble, you may sing a song of your choosing; that you feel best highlights your voice.
While Les Misérables requires minimal dancing and choreography, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will require dancing and the ability to follow choreography. Dancers for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat that do not wish to sing may perform a one minute dance piece.
Auditioners will be allowed to audition for one or both shows. Since the style of each show is so different, auditioners will be allowed a separate two minute audition for each show.
Bring your own accompaniment track on CD. You may sing acapella, but it’s not recommended (unless you’re just that good). Do not bring a recording with vocal tracks on it. This makes it very difficult for the directors to hear your voice.

 

ABOUT THE SHOWS
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. 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.
Les Misérables

This international smash-hit may be the most popular musical in the world. In 19th century France, Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a life-long struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways.
The sung-through pop opera is ideal for a cast of exceptional singers and overflows with melodies that are already standards. A spectacle on Broadway and in London, it is its powerful affirmation of the human spirit that has made LES MISÉRABLES a popular masterpiece.

CHARACTERS

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

• Narrator: A woman (in original productions, a man), 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.
• Joseph: 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.
• Three Ladies: These multi-talented women appear in the play as many characters: Jacob’s wives, saloon girls, dancing girls, and so on.
• 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 his wife and Joseph, however, he own angry and has Joseph thrown into prison.
• 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.
• 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’s household. It is the Butler who tells Pharaoh about Joseph and his uncanny ability with dreams.
• 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.
• 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 performers also double as Egyptians in many cases.
• Reuben: Eldest son of Jacob; showed kindness to Joseph and was the means of saving his life when his other brothers would have put him to death.
• Simeon: Second son of Jacob; detained by Joseph in Egypt as a hostage.
• Levi: Third son of Jacob, by Leah; he went down with Jacob into Egypt.
• Judah: Fourth son of Jacob; he pleads with Joseph when Benjamin is falsely arrested for theft of a goblet; one of his descendants was to be the Messiah.
• Dan: Fifth son of Jacob, by Bilhah, Rachel’s handmaid.
• Naphtali: Sixth son of Jacob, by Bilhah, Rachel’s handmaid.
• Gad: Seventh son of Jacob, by Zilpah, Leah’s handmaid.
• Asher: Eighth son of Jacob, by Zilpah, Leah’s handmaid;.
• Issachar: Ninth son of Jacob.
• Zebulun: Tenth son of Jacob; he had three sons.
• Benjamin: Eleventh son of Jacob. Joseph accuses him of stealing the golden cup. After Joseph went missing Benjamin was beloved.
• The Wives: The wives to the eleven brothers (ensemble).
• Adult chorus
• Children’s chorus

Les Misérables

• Jean Valjean dramatic tenor Prisoner 24601. After being released from imprisonment for serving nineteen years (five for stealing a loaf of bread and fourteen for multiple escape attempts), he decides to break his parole and turns his life around, proving that the corrupt can make themselves virtuous and selfless once more.
• Inspector Javert baritone or bass-baritone Respects the law above all else and relentlessly pursues Valjean, hoping to bring the escaped convict to justice.
• The Bishop of Digne baritone His acts of kindness inspire Valjean to improve himself and escape the label of “criminal.”
• The Factory Foreman baritone or tenor Foreman of Valjean’s jet bead factory in Montreuil-sur-Mer which employs Fantine and other workers.
• The Factory Girl lyric mezzo-soprano The Factory Girl discovers that the Foreman has his eyes set on bedding Fantine, so she does what she believes is necessary to see to it that Fantine gets fired.
• Fantine lyric mezzo-soprano A poor worker who loses her job and, as a result, turns to prostitution in order to continue paying the Thénardiers to care for her illegitimate daughter, Cosette.
• Old Woman contralto Old Woman is the character who talks Fantine into selling her hair.
• Crone soprano The woman who talks Fantine into selling her precious locket for much less than it is worth.
• Bamatabois baritone or tenor An upper-class “fop” who tries to buy Fantine’s services.
• Fauchelevent baritone or tenor He is an elderly man who has fallen upon hard times.
• Champmathieu silent A man who is arrested and on trial because he is believed to be Jean Valjean.
• Young Cosette treble The eight-year-old daughter of Fantine.
• Madame Thénardier contralto Thénardier’s unscrupulous wife.
• Young Éponine silent Eight-year-old Éponine is the pampered daughter of the Thénardiers.
• Thénardier comic baritone A second-rate thief, Thénardier runs a small inn.
• Gavroche boy soprano Gavroche is a streetwise urchin who dies on the barricade helping the revolutionaries.
• Enjolras baritone or tenor Enjolras is the leader of the student revolutionaries and a friend of Marius.
• Marius Pontmercy baritone or tenor Marius, a student revolutionary, is friends with Éponine, but falls in love with Cosette, and she with him.
• Éponine mezzo-soprano Daughter of the Thénardiers, Éponine, now ragged and a waif, secretly loves Marius.
• Brujon baritone or tenor The brutish and cowardly but dissatisfied member of Thénardier’s Gang.
• Babet baritone or tenor A foreboding member of Thénardier’s Gang.
• Claquesous baritone or tenor Quiet and masked, expert at evading the police.
• Montparnasse baritone or tenor A young member of Thénardier’s Gang.
• Cosette soprano Cosette, the daughter of Fantine, has grown-up to become a beautiful young woman of culture and privilege under Valjean’s adoptive and loving fatherly care and protection.
• Friends of the ABC baritone or tenor Student revolutionaries who lead a revolution.
• Combeferre baritone or tenor Combeferre is the philosopher of the ABC group.
• Feuilly baritone or tenor Feuilly is the only member of the Friends of the ABC who is not a student; he is a workingman.
• Courfeyrac baritone or tenor Friendly and open. He always has many mistresses, and is described as the centre of the Friends of the ABC, always giving off warmth.
• Joly baritone or tenor A medical student and a hypochondriac; best friends with Lesgles.
• Grantaire baritone or tenor Grantaire is a member of the Friends of the ABC. Grantaire has a weakness for spirits of the alcoholic kind and is often tipsy throughout the musical, carrying a bottle of wine wherever he goes.
• Jean Prouvaire baritone or tenor Prouvaire is the youngest student member of the Friends.
• Lesgles baritone or tenor Best friends with Joly. A very unlucky man, but also a very happy one.

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