Quarry Bank Musical Theatre YOUTH Society – Joseph Audition Information

Quarry Bank Musical Theatre YOUTH Society – Joseph Auditions

IMPORTANT NOTES: Please be aware when preparing your audition that there are no speaking lines in the show, acting through the musical dialogue is vitally important to the success of the production as a whole.  For that reason, it is imperative that you act throughout your audition with strong characterisation and not simply sing a solo!

The production team cannot stress enough the importance of preparing for your audition using the many soundtracks, recordings and films that are available. The score we are allowed to perform is exactly the same as the 1994 London Palladium  production with no alterations or cuts. Please also bear in mind that in order for you to be considered for a principal role, you MUST prepare the audition material as stated below. We cannot even consider you for a role if you cannot present every element of the requested audition pieces. Please prepare thoroughly and speak to a member of the production team if there is anything that you don’t understand.

The score for this show is deceptively simple! Please be aware that familiarisation of the score MUST be done at home before full rehearsals begin in June as our general rehearsal period is very short and demanding. You will be provided access to a digital version of the score following a successful audition.

Please list on your audition application any other commitments/holidays/shows/etc. that may conflict with your attendance at Tuesday and Wednesday rehearsals.

General dates are as follows:

Auditions – Saturday 29th February 2020 - Please be aware there will be a general workshop on this day for everyone who wants to take part in the production.

First Rehearsal – Tuesday 9th June 2020, 7pm to 10pm
Second Rehearsal – Wednesday 10th June 2020, 7pm to 10pm

Rehearsals are then every Tuesday and Wednesday as called in the Rehearsal Schedule (to be released)

Workshop Rehearsal Day 1 – Thursday 23rd July 2020, 10am to 4pm
Workshop Rehearsal Day 2 – Friday 24th July 2020, 10am to 4pm

Workshop Rehearsal Day 3 – Thursday 27th August 2020, 10am to 4pm
Workshop Rehearsal Day 4 – Friday 28th August 2020, 10am to 4pm

*We would expect all cast members to attend at least 2 of the 4 workshop days*

*We would not accept any absences from 1st September onwards.*

Band Call – Sunday 6th September 2020, 10am to 1pm
Tech Rehearsal – Sunday 6th September 2020, 2.30pm to 5pm
Dress Rehearsal – Sunday 6th September 2020, 6pm to 9pm

No Rehearsal on Monday 7th September 2020

Dress Rehearsal – Tuesday 8th September 2020, 7.30pm to 10pm (to arrive at the theatre by 6.30pm)

Performances – Wednesday 9th September to Saturday 12th September 2020, 7.30pm to 10pm with a matinee performance at 2.30pm on Saturday 9th September (to arrive at the theatre by 6.30pm for weekday performances and 1.30pm for matinee performance

 

Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the production team.

All the very best!!

Character Information & Audition Pieces

JOSEPH: Male, (High Tenor, Vocal Range Low A to High G). Eleventh son of Jacob and Jacob’sfavourite. We are looking for a strong actor with a confident but charming personality. Must move and sing very well.

 
7. Close Every Door (complete number but cutting from bar 44 to bar 68)
12. Pharaoh’s Dreams Explained (complete number – singing own line)

NARRATOR: Female, (Soprano with extended mix/belt range, Low F# to High G). The Narrator is our host, and through word and song guides the audience gently through the story of Joseph and his brothers. The narrator must be adept at both being the focal point and then “blending” into the scene. We are looking for an excellent singer that can completely invest in the storytelling aspect.

 
1. Prologue (bar 1 to bar 20)
2. Jacob & Sons (bar 10 to bar 25 – with verses 1 and 2


PHARAOH: Male, (Baritone, Low B to High G#). 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. The character is in style and homage to Elvis.

11. Song of the King (bar 77 to end including repeats)


POTIPHAR: Male, (Baritone, Vocal Range D to B). Potiphar is a rich, self-indulgent and
sophisticated Egyptian capitalist who buys Joseph as a slave. He needs to be a strong actor as well as a good singer.

NO SINGING AUDITION BUT PLEASE SPECIFY IF YOU WISH TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS PART


MRS. POTIPHAR: Female, Strong Dancer. Mrs. Potiphar is an indulgent woman who likes to
get her own way and thinks first and foremost about her own personal gratification. She is
razor sharp, beautiful and confident. She will also be a part of the female ensemble.

TO AUDITION WITH DANCERS BUT PLEASE SPECIFY IF YOU WISH TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS PART


JACOB: Male, (Baritone, Low A to C). 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.

2. Josephs Coat: Bar 54 to 69 (singing the Narrators line as well)


JOSEPH’S BROTHERS: Males, Joseph’s 11 brothers (Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan,
Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin), are jealous of Joseph being their
father’s favourite son, sell him into slavery, and ultimately realize their wrongdoing. We
would like to find actors who are confident dancers and singers. (TO NOTE: Reuben is the
oldest and the one who is quickest to lie to Jacob. Simeon is the brother who is first able to
openly admit that they created their own misery by selling off Joseph. Judah is the first
brother who lays down his life for his youngest brother Benjamin. Benjamin is the youngest
and most innocent brother.

BROTHERS (EXCEPT JUDAH): 14. Those Canaan Days (bar 1 to bar 49 – singing all lines)

JUDAH: 17. Benjamin Calypso (beginning to bar 24 – singing all lines)


BUTLER & BAKER: Males, (Tenor). The Butler and the Baker both work for the Pharaoh. They
are both decent men in precarious situations. They need to be good singers and honest
actors. (They can double as brothers)

8. Go, Go, Go Joseph (bar 27 to bar 40 then bar 65 to bar 74)


FEMALE DANCERS: Will 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. We are
looking for energetic singers who move well.

Dance Audition to be taught by Donna on audition day


Ensemble: Will play multiple roles and will sing and move throughout the entire show.