Fresh off the successful run of “A Few Good Men,” the Lyric Theatre is still in need of some good men – and women and children.
They’re needed for this weekend’s audition for the Lyric’s next production, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” a musical that will have an eight-performance run in mid-July. Auditions for adults will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 24, and auditions for children in grades three and up will begin at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 25.
Audition packets will be available at the Lyric from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
The musical, with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, is a retelling of the story of Joseph from the Bible.
The show will be “a spectacular musical,” with every song in a different style, said Dr. Nancy Jo Humfeld, who will be directing the show.
“We need just a lot of folks who like to sing and want to be involved in this,” Humfeld said.
Lyric Managing Director Eric Evans said “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” will be one of the biggest, if not the biggest, productions the Lyric has attempted.
“It’s kind of early for us for auditions for our summer musical, but this one’s going to be a challenge at several levels,” Evans said. “We’ve got to have great voices. Everybody’s got to sing. No dialogue. It’s not an opera, but it’s a lot of singing and it’s very flamboyant.
“The show has a lot of hoops and hollers and whistles. It’s a big show. I’m thinking it’s one of the biggest, if not the biggest, show we’ve ever attempted to do here.”
The show needs 25 to 30 adults, and there are many children’s roles, including a children’s choir, Evans said. “
There are 11 major men’s roles, and five major and five minor women’s roles, he said.
“We’re really trying to encourage people to consider getting out and being a part of this,” Evans said.
Dean Kiesling will be the musical director, and Billie Harvey will be technical director. Lori Arp will be the costumer.
Evans explained further about the musical.
“There is a bit of an Elvis character,” Evans said. “There is a calypso period that goes on during the show. It’s the story of Joseph out of scripture. Joseph ages in this show – from 19 years old to 40 years old, and it follows his life and his journey. It has Potiphar, it has Potiphar’s wife. It’s a big to-do for us.
“The music has a very contemporary flavor. It’s going to have all of the emotions. It’s going to have angst, humor, drama … there’s a love story that permeates through the whole thing. I think overall it’s going to be a very redeeming type of musical. The whole story of redemption has a lot of redemption in it.”