Casting call for community musical scheduled Nov. 23

The casting call for anyone wishing to be involved in the community musical will be Saturday, Nov. 23, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Aberdeen High School auditorium. Everyone should come to the casting call prepared with a short song and reading.

The musical that will be presented this year is “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”. It will require at least 20 men playing the parts of Jacob, Joseph, Ruben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulin, Benjamin, Potiphar Baker, Butler, Pharaoh and the Ishmaelites. There are also parts for at least 21 women. and a children’s chorus and adult chorus.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a musical with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The story is based on the “coat of many colors” story of Joseph from the Bible’s Book of Genesis. It is set in a frame in which a narrator is telling a story.

In the beginning of the main story Jacob and his 12 sons are introduced. Joseph’s brothers are jealous of him for his coat of many colors, a symbol of their father’s preference for him. It is clear from Joseph’s dreams that he is destined to rule over them. To get rid of him and prevent the dreams from coming true, they attempt fratricide, but then they sell Joseph as a slave to some passing Ishmaelites, who take him to Egypt.

Back home, his brothers, led by Reuben and accompanied by their wives, break the news to Jacob that Joseph has been killed. They show his tattered coat smeared with his blood – really goat blood – as proof that what they say is true. After the bereft Jacob leaves, the brothers and their wives happily celebrate the loss of Joseph.

In Egypt, Joseph is the slave of Egyptian millionaire Potiphar. He rises through the ranks of slaves and servants until he is running Potiphar’s house. When Mrs. Potiphar makes advances, Joseph spurns her. She, with help, overpowers Joseph and Potiphar overhears, barges in, sees the two together – and jumps to conclusions. Outraged, he throws Joseph in jail.

Depressed, Joseph laments the situation – but his spirits rise when he helps two prisoners put in his cell. Both are former servants of the Pharaoh and both have had bizarre dreams. Joseph interprets them.

The Narrator tells of impending changes in Joseph’s fortunes because the Pharaoh is having dreams that no one can interpret. Now freed, the Butler tells Pharaoh (acted in the style of Elvis Presley) of Joseph and his dream-interpretation skills.  Pharaoh orders Joseph to be brought in and the king tells him his dream involving seven fat cows, seven skinny cows, seven healthy ears of corn, and seven dead ears of corn.

Joseph interprets the dream as seven plentiful years of crops followed by seven years of famine. An astonished Pharaoh puts Joseph in charge of carrying out the preparations needed to endure the impending famine, and Joseph becomes the most powerful man in Egypt, second only to Pharaoh himself.

Back home, the famine has caught up with Joseph’s brothers, who – led by the brother Simeon – express regret at selling him and deceiving their father. They hear that Egypt still has food and decide to go there to beg for mercy and to be fed, not realizing they will be dealing with Joseph. Joseph gives them sacks full of food and sends them on their way, but plants a golden cup in the sack of his youngest brother, Benjamin. When the brothers try to leave, Joseph stops them, asking about the “stolen cup”. Each brother empties his sack, and it is revealed that Benjamin has the cup. Joseph then accuses Benjamin of robbery. The other brothers, led by Judah, beg for mercy for Benjamin, imploring that Joseph take them prisoner and set Benjamin free.

Seeing their selflessness and penitence, Joseph reveals himself and sends for his father. The two are reunited for a happy conclusion and Joseph dons his colored coat once more.

The show has little spoken dialogue, almost entirely musical. Its family-friendly storyline, universal themes and catchy music have resulted in numerous productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; according to the Really Useful Group, by 2008 more than 20,000 schools and amateur theatre groups had successfully put on productions.

Director Wanda McCombs and assistant director Julie Millett encourage everyone in the community to step up and come to the auditions to help make this production an excellent and large one.

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