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Arsenic and Old Lace - March 22-24, 2019
Friday -Dinner 6:30; Show 7:30 p.m.
Saturday - Dinner 5:30; Show 6:30 p.m.
Sunday 4:00 p.m. Show only

Upcoming Shows & Auditions

Arsenic and Old Lace

This zany comedy revolves around the Brewster family, a distinguished family that is now composed of insane maniacs. The hero, Mortimer Brewster, is a New York drama critic who must deal with his crazy, homicidal family as well as the local police, as he debates whether to go through with his recent promise to marry the woman he loves.


His family includes two spinster aunts who have taken to murdering lonely old men by poisoning them with a glass of home-made elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine, and "just a pinch" of cyanide; a brother who believes he is Teddy Roosevelt and digs for the Panama Canal in the cellar of the Brewster home (which then serve as graves for the aunts' victims that he thinks died of yellow fever); and a murderous brother who has received plastic surgery performed by an alcoholic accomplice, Dr. Einstein, to conceal his identity. 

March 2019 Play Audition - Arsenic and Old Lace

Thursday, January 3 (7:00-9:00 p.m.)

Group Audition

Building A (main Sanctuary building) - Choir Room/Worship Arts Department

Please plan on remaining the entire time.  You do not need to prepare anything.  A cold reading will be given to you at the time of the audition.  

Please bring a headshot with you if you have one available.

11 Men & 3 Women


MARTHA BREWSTER - an elderly lady
ABBY BREWSTER - her elderly sister
TEDDY BREWSTER - their brother who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt
MORTIMER BREWSTER - their nephew
ELAINE HARPER - his fiance
REV. DR. HARPER - her father
OFFICER KLEIN
OFFICER O'HARA - a raconteur
OFFICER BROPHY
LIEUTENANT ROONEY
JONATHAN BREWSTER - Mortimer's murderous brother
DR. EINSTEIN - his accomplice
MR. GIBBS

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

One of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers and the coat of many colors.

Told entirely through song with the help of a main character Narrator, the musical follows preferred son Joseph. After being sold into slavery by his brothers, he ingratiates himself with Egyptian noble Potiphar, but ends up in jail after refusing the amorous advances of Potiphar’s wife. While imprisoned, Joseph discovers his ability to interpret dreams, and he soon finds himself in front of the mighty but troubled, Elvis-inspired, Pharaoh. Joseph’s solution to Egypt’s famine elevates him to Pharaoh’s right-hand man and reunites him with his family.

The magical musical is full of catchy songs in a variety of styles, from a parody of French ballads (“Those Canaan Days”), to country-western (“One More Angel in Heaven”) and calypso (“Benjamin Calypso”), along with the unforgettable classics “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door.”

July 2019 Large Cast Musical

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Auditions

Saturday, April 13 (9:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m) & Sunday, April 14 (2:00 - 6:00 p.m.)

Private auditions in combination with group sessions.  Sign up and more details below.

Please prepare the specific songs provided below.  No cold readings will occur for this show since the entire show is sung.

Please submit the audition form information below ahead of time or you will need to be present 15 minutes prior to your audition block time in order to complete the appropriate paperwork.

CHARACTERS:

Narrator —Soprano

Joseph —Tenor

Jacob, Joseph's Father —Tenor/Baritone

Joseph's Brothers:
Reuben
Simeon
Levi
Naphtali
Issachar
Asher
Dan
Zebulon
Gad
Benjamin
Judah
Potiphar —Baritone (spoken-sung solo)

Mrs. Potiphar —Alto/Mezzo (spoken-sung solo_

Baker—Tenor/ Baritone
Butler—Tenor/ Baritone

Pharaoh—Tenor/ Baritone

All Jacob's and the Brother's Wives

Ishmaelites - non-singing, non-dancing role


ENSEMBLE:

Choir (Men & Women) -mostly brothers and wives
Children's Dream Chorus (Boys & Girls)


  • Narrator: A character 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 his/her words. Featured a soprano with a wide range in the role.
  • Jacob: The father of twelve sons, his favourite being Joseph. At times he may appear unfair and shallow, but he is, more importantly, the prophet who recognises the future and the calling of Joseph, thus saving the House of Israel. 
  • Joseph: Eleventh son of Jacob. Obviously his father’s favourite, 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.  Possible Crew members utilized in this position.  No singing or dancing required.
  • Potiphar: A powerful and rich Egyptian, Potiphar purchases Joseph and puts him to work in his household, where he soon realises 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. Possibly doubled by the actor playing Pharaoh.
  • 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. Most likely will also play as 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. Most likely 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. Most likely to be 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. Pharaoh is portrayed as an Elvis Presley-style figure. Possibly 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.
    • Reuben: Eldest son of Jacob. Possible lead on "One More Angel in Heaven".*
    • Simeon: Second son of Jacob. Possible lead on "Those Canaan Days".*
    • Levi: Third son of Jacob.
    • Judah: Fourth son of Jacob. Possible lead on "Benjamin Calypso".*
    • Dan: Fifth son of Jacob.
    • Naphtali: Sixth son of Jacob.
    • Gad: Seventh son of Jacob.
    • Asher: Eighth son of Jacob.
    • Issachar: Ninth son of Jacob.
    • Zebulun: Tenth son of Jacob.
    • Benjamin: Twelfth son of Jacob. Joseph accuses him of stealing the golden cup.
    • *Solo opportunities possible for up to 5 of the brothers, depending on vocal parts of selected brothers.
  • The Wives of Jacob & the Brothers:  The actresses playing the wives also double as Egyptians and servants of Potiphar.
  • Adult chorus/Ensemble
  • Children's Dream Chorus

Acting UP will be holding auditions for the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on Saturday, April 13 (9:00-4:00) and Sunday, April 14, 2018 (2:00-6:00) at Roswell United Methodist Church in the Building "A" Choir Room (Sanctuary building - Worship Arts wing). Please note that specific times are required based on gender and age.


Please sign up above (Step 1) for a private time slot and then go online to fill out the audition paperwork ahead of time.

Required Audition Paperwork Link (Step 2)

(Otherwise, you will need to be present 30 minutes ahead of your audition time to fill out paperwork.)



Audition schedule:

-All groups will need a private time slot as well as plan on attending one of the dance/group singing sessions closest to your individual audition slot.


-Children (up to teens) for Dream Choir - Saturday, April 13 9:00-11:30 

            -Group Children's Audition (all kids must attend) 10:00-10:30;

            -Additionally please sign up for a private audition slot from either 9am-10 or 10:30-11:30.


-Males (teen and up) for Brothers, Joseph, Pharaoh, Potiphar, Baker, Butler, Jacob, & Ensemble - Sunday, April 14 1:00-3:30

           -Group Men's Audition (all males must attend) 2:00-3:00 for dance and group singing audition;

     -Additionally please sign up for a private audition slot from either 1-2pm or 3-3:30pm.


-Females (teen and up) for Wives, Narrator, Mrs. Potiphar, & Ensemble? - either Saturday, April 13 1:00-4:00 OR Sunday, April 14 3:30-6:00

          -Group Women's Audition (all females must attend one of the two sessions)- either Saturday 2-3pm or Sunday 4-5pm

          -Additionally, please sign up for a private audition slot during one of the following times: Saturday 1-2pm, Saturday 3-4pm, Sunday 3:30-4pm, or Sunday 5-6pm.


-For the specific roles of Narrator, Joseph, or Pharaoh - please note you will to sign up for an extended time slot and still attend the dance/group audition as well.  The specific time slots are listed for that particular character.  If you audition for one of those roles this will also count as your audition toward any other role (brother, wife, etc.).


Please note that we are asking for specific songs from every person auditioning.  Please make sure you download the correct song for your group (based on age and gender). 


These auditions are for vocal slots (specific roles or ensemble). If you wish to only dance please just fill out the Audition Paperwork Link (Step 2) above and plan on attending one of the gender specific dance group auditions.


If you have a conflict with the above dates and times please contact us at [email protected] to make alternative arrangements.  ALL make-up auditions MUST occur PRIOR to Saturday, April 13.


Songs to be sung for each gender/age/role: (all links coming soon)


Children:  Any Dream Will Do


Women (teens and up):


Men (teens and up):


Narrator: (prepare both)

        1.  Prologue:   Prologue Link

        2.  Go, Go, Go Joseph


Joseph: (prepare both)

        1.  Close Every Door: 

        2.  Any Dream Will Do


Pharaoh: (prepare both)

        1.  Stone the Crows:

        2.  Song of the King


-We are an open group.  You do not need to be a member of RUMC to become a part of Acting UP.  We actually encourage non-church members to join us as part of our mission.  ALL ARE WELCOME!


-These above audition slots are for primarily singing.  If you are interested in a role that would highlight dancing please contact us directly.


-To be considered for any role, auditioners must be willing to commit to our rehearsal schedule and performance dates. Rehearsals are very important, and everyone in the scene being rehearsed is expected to be present (unless arrangements have been previously made).  We are dedicated to giving our audiences the very best in theatre entertainment which requires commitment of time and talent of every performer.  Everyone will not need to be at every rehearsal, just those rehearsals in which they are involved.


-Unless, you fill out the online audition form and submit your information ahead of time, please bring your personal calendar with you as you will need to indicate your rehearsal conflicts on your paperwork.  We already have a tentative rehearsal schedule and will need you to be very specific (dates and times) regarding any conflicts you may have to that schedule.


-Please note that availability for rehearsals is a huge consideration in being cast.  We will be monitoring the number of unapproved absences so it is extremely important that you put all your conflicts down on the audition calendar pages prior to your audition. We do this so that you and your fellow actors do not waste each other's time.  Each cast member is an important part of the plan and every absence creates flow issues for the entire team.


-Please note that due to our stage constraints, you will be moving set and prop pieces based on your ability and activity in the show.  This means that as we get closer into show you might be called in for a rehearsal for which you weren't previously scheduled so that you can help with set or costume changes or other needs.


-For private vocal auditions, please prepare your solo piece from the specific songs listed above for your age/gender.  A live accompanist will be provided for you.


-You will not have any time to practice with the accompanist prior to your audition.


-Solo auditions must be accompanied by the pianist we provide (no recordings, personal accompanist [including the auditioner], or a cappella).


-For Joseph, even children auditioning will need to prepare the appropriate requested song excerpt.  


-For the private auditions you will need to schedule a time block in order to participate without a delayed wait.  Sign up blocks are available every 5 minutes. Please see the link above to select your time slot.


-For Joseph, your private audition will not include a cold reading audition since there is absolutely no unsung dialogue in the show.


-When it is your time to audition, stand in front of the casting directors, not beside the accompanist, to sing your song. You will probably not sing the entire song.  Be prepared for anything. 


-If you have a conflict with these dates please contact us and we will discuss your options. All "make-up" auditions will occur PRIOR to the official audition date.


-If you are aware of anyone that would be interested in volunteering for the orchestra, backstage, costuming, & painting aspects please have them contact [email protected].




   General Audition Tips


The audition process can be stressful, and some people can be downright terrified at an audition. Some have sweaty palms, shortness of breath, shaking knees, or an upset stomach before and during the audition. Sorry, but there is no better way to cast a show and determine individual talents and abilities than the audition process. It is by far the best method for the casting staff to determine who is the most suited and appropriate for a certain role and how each one will fit in with others on stage.


Although there may be some anxiety when auditioning, the best way to overcome fear is preparation in all aspects of the audition process. Be ready. Remember, go into an audition and perform your best as you would be performing on stage for an audience, not for the casting staff. Enjoy the audition! Have fun! We will consider not only each individual’s voice, stature, acting, and reading, but also how all the auditioners look and interact with one another in determining the best ensemble of performers for the production. Do your best, and leave the results to God.


Please keep this in mind: The casting staff is not made up of mean, evil, sadistic people who are hoping you will “mess up.” We really want you to do well. We want you to walk in the door and be exactly what we are looking for. We are rooting for you.


Arrive at the audition 15-30 minutes early in order to fill out the audition forms and to warm up physically, vocally, and mentally to prepare for the audition. This way, the auditions can begin on time.


Your audition begins the moment you step into the room. Be pleasant, confident, and have a sweet, positive attitude with everyone.


It is important to fill out the audition form completely, and please be honest. You are given an opportunity to indicate your role preferences, but if you will only accept a certain role or roles, let us know. However, limiting your casting listing will not improve your chances of being cast in that role. Be sure to list all the dates you cannot be at rehearsals. This is also very important in the casting process.


Know yourself and the types of characters for which you are best suited. It is important to audition for roles that fit you musically and dramatically. For example, a young woman auditioning for The Sound of Music shouldn’t audition for Mother Abbess but should read for Liesl instead. Also, it is not advisable for a bass to audition for a high tenor role. Play to your strengths.


What song to sing:

-Normally, you are asked to be prepared with a “traditional musical theatre” song that shows your vocal range and ability. If you don’t have that type song, choose another song that will show your ability. Hymns, contemporary Christian songs, simple choruses, and Pop songs are usually not a wise choice.

-Any musical theater song will be accepted however, a song in the same style and/or era of the production could work to your advantage. You may perform a song from the show for which you are auditioning. Check out specific show requirements above.

-Choose a song that fits your voice, not necessarily one that is popular or that you like. Many of today’s pop songs are designed to be sung in a microphone and, therefore, are not a particularly good choice. The song you pick should allow your voice to project without a microphone. Most show tunes are good audition pieces because they are dramatic (i.e., have built-in “actability”) and voices can be projected well.

-You will need to provide the accompanist a copy of the music in the key in which you wish to sing. If you do not know the song from memory, you will also need a copy for yourself. It would be to your benefit to memorize the song.

-Auditioners must sing with piano accompaniment only. You may not use recorded accompaniment tapes, CDs, or other instruments, and you may not sing a cappella (without accompaniment.) A professional accompanist will be provided to play for you. In the interest of time, personal accompanists may not be used.


When you sing, the casting staff will look for:

-Vocal quality. (We are looking for a “legit” clean quality, not a “pop,” breathy sound. We want to hear your vocal skills.)

-Pitch. (Does the person sing on pitch, flat, or sharp?)

-Preparation. (Does the person know the song, or is he struggling musically?)

-Appropriate song. (Does the song fit the voice musically and textually?)

-Enunciation and articulation. (Can the words be understood? Are the consonants clean and crisp?)

-Dramatic presentation. (Does the person sing with expression and communicate the text? Are the lyrics interpreted with the voice, and do they come alive?)


For most productions, basic movement and/or dance auditions are required for everyone unless you are auditioning for a role that will not require it. Bring or wear appropriate and comfortable clothing and shoes for the movement auditions. Each person will be asked to learn a few steps in combination from a choreographer and then perform them in small groups (not alone.)


Don’t get cold feet about dancing/movement auditions. Most of the time, the steps are very easy, and the casting staff just wants to see how gracefully the auditioners move, or if they move in rhythm on the beat, or even if they can know their right foot from their left foot. Look energized and exciting while moving in time with the music. When/If you miss something, keep going and keep smiling. A look of confidence and a big smile can “hide” mistakes with the feet. Even if you do the steps perfectly but are not doing something interesting with your face, or if you look like you are concentrating hard or mad at someone, instead of enjoying it, the casting staff may pick someone else with less dancing ability who looks like he or she is having fun. Make sure when the choreographer is teaching the steps that you are standing in a place where you can see. And, yes, the casting staff is watching your feet.


Don’t panic with a “cold” reading. You will have a minute to read over the scene(s) you will be reading. It is not supposed to be memorized, and others are just as unfamiliar with the material as you are. Focus on listening to what is being said and reacting appropriately, even when you are not the person speaking. Try to understand what the scene is about, who your character is, what your character is trying to accomplish, and how he or she would do it.


The casting staff wants to hear the quality of your voice, how your project, how you look on stage with other actors, how you interact with other actors, and how you portray the character. If you are given advice or direction on how to read, move, or present a certain line or scene, incorporate the suggestions to the best of your ability. The casting staff wants to see how well you take direction.


Do not apologize for your audition. Just in case the casting staff thought the audition was brilliant, don’t telegraph that you think you blew it.


If your name is not on the callback list, or if you have not been contacted to come to callbacks, you may still be cast.  Not everyone who is cast is involved in callbacks.  Sometimes the casting staff will not see everything they need to see at a first audition.  If you are not called back, it just means we saw everything from you that we needed to see. We are doing our best to not even have to do callbacks.


Please understand this, if you are not cast, it does not mean you are not good or that the casting staff has rejected you as a person.  We are looking for certain characteristics and qualities for each role cast.  Even the best singers, actors, or dancers may not be the “best fit” for a particular role or show.  If you are not cast, gracefully accept that you are not on the list and audition for the next show, and even offer to help with the show in some other way.


KEEP AUDITIONING!