MEREDITH — The Winnipesaukee Playhouse's Education Department will hold auditions for its upcoming production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on October 17th from 5-9 pm and October 18th from 1-5 pm.
Joseph is Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's whirlwind musical retelling of the picaresque misadventures of everyone's favorite minor biblical character. It follows our hero from obscure beginnings to escaping his jealous brothers' murderous plotting and serving at the feet of power to finally gaining some power for himself. It features an energetic pop-rock inspired score that accompanies the twists and turns in Joseph's journey with an appropriately diverse mix of musical styles running the gamut from ballads and Elvis to calypso and country. It premiered on Broadway in 1982, when it was nominated for six Tony Awards, and has seen multiple revivals and tours since that time.
Auditions for leading and ensemble roles are open to actors age 8-18, with roles available in the Children's Choir for actors as young as 6. All roles are available. The production runs January 16-18.
Students planning on auditioning should visit the Playhouse's website to schedule a five minute audition appointment one day or the other. Everyone auditioning for a lead or ensemble role should prepare an up-tempo musical theatre song and come with sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. Children of any age who would like to participate in the Children's Choir can choose to sing "Yankee Doodle" or "My Country Tis Of Thee." Much more information, including rehearsal schedule and tuition information, is available on the website: www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org.
The Winnipesaukee Playhouse Education Department's production of Joseph will be directed by Timothy L'Ecuyer of Nashua, the Playhouse's Education Director. Judy Hayward of Mont Vernon, founder of StageCoach Productions, will music direct. Hayward has over 200 productions to her credit and has been honored for excellence in music direction at the New Hampshire Theatre Awards multiple times. Lisa Travis of Holderness completes the directorial team as choreographer. The founder of Terminal Hip Dance Theatre and on faculty in Plymouth State University's Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance, where she has been honored for her work. L'Ecuyer says that he is "beyond thrilled to work with such talented and passionate partners." He also points out that "the design team is also made up of impressive, experienced professional theatre artists."
Delivering theatre education to students of all ages, experiences, and abilities is a right and a privilege that is central to The Winnipesaukee Playhouse's mission. The Education Department provides programming that fosters a life-long appreciation of the technique, history, and literature of theatre and its ancillary fields of study. It promotes the developmentally appropriate acquisition of theatrical skills and encourages their application in theatre and in life. It, above all, seeks to inspire its students to use theatre as a tool to develop empathy, with which they may explore and come to better understand the world.
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