Last week, on a whim, I decided to try out for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the South Jordan Community Theater. I sang, “I Can Go the Distance” from Hercules for my audition, and made callbacks.
I haven’t been in a musical since Jr. High school (unless you count some little one-act plays I did in High School). And I’ve only ever had a lead role – I like being in the spotlight for this kind of thing. But after seeing how much fun Jen had in Seussical last year, we decided that this year would be my turn, and Joseph is one of my favorites. My sister has been the narrator in it, my mom played in the pit when I was a kid, and my dad even did it at his school last year.
There was some excellent talent at callbacks, both from the men and the ladies. I knew the director would have a tough time deciding who should have the main roles. I was hoping for the role of Joseph, and was pretty confident going into it, but after I saw the other talent, I knew it would be a close call. But there are so many fun songs in that show, I knew I wanted to be in it regardless.
I found out today that I was cast as Judah! He’s the one who sings the Benjamin Calypso song near the end of the show! I remember when the director had us each do that song. I really jumped in with a lot of energy and was almost silly in how I pulled it off, banging on my pretend steel drums and dancing around almost like I was drunk. I guess she liked it. :) Here’s a video of someone else doing the song.
So, the next couple months will be pretty busy with rehearsals for the show, but I think it will be a good and fun experience. I think it brings out some good things in me – the “inner child”.
In fact, after four hours of callbacks I was so exhausted I came home and rested; but that evening I had so much energy! We went to the grocery store and I was extremely goofy, pushing the girls really fast in the Harmon’s shopping “car”, even riding on it myself, and swinging to kick my heels together in the air every so often. Jen even caught me jumping off the hood of our little Corolla after putting the shopping cart away. I haven’t been that crazy in years, but I was having so much fun…at the…grocery…store… Is that what acting does to you?
One more bonus – they’re letting kids as young as 5 be in the children’s chorus if their parents are in the cast, so I’m going to have Emily join me on the stage! She is so excited, and I think we’ll have a good time.
Oh, and for those interested in coming to see it, performances are June 19, 20, 22, 26, 27 & 29, 2009 held at South Jordan Middle School.