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Ararat arts group opens auditions


The newly-formed Ararat Regional Theatre Society, ARTS, is hosting auditions for its 2024 production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber rock musical ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolo­ur Dreamcoat’.

ARTS, formerly Ararat Musical Comedy Society and Ararat Theatre Company, will stage the production, which has a range of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock ’n’ roll.

Director Leanne Mccready invited anyone who ever wanted to be involved in an Ararat theatre production to audition for the show.

“Joseph is a bright and upbeat show with a huge number of roles for people of all ages, including a children’s chorus and dancers,” she said.

“We will be looking for lots of men to take on the roles of Joseph, his brothers and other characters, while there are also roles for women and a large female chorus.”

The story follows Joseph, his father’s favourite son, who is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, where he endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continuall­y challenged.

When news of Joseph’s gift to interpret dreams reaches the Pharaoh, who is depicted as Elvis, Joseph is well on his way to becoming second in command. Eventually, his brothers, having suffered greatly, unknowingl­y find themselves grovelling at the feet of the brother they betrayed but no longer recognise.

“ARTS is a supportive, inclusive group which welcomes anyone who would like to be on stage or work behind the scenes,” Mrs Mccready said.

Auditions are on Friday from 7.15pm and Saturday from 10am at Ararat Scout Hall.

People can call Mrs Mccready on 0439 048 813 to book an audition time and for informatio­n.

Rehearsals for Joseph will commence on February 8 at Ararat Scout Hall.

‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolo­ur Dreamcoat’ will take to Ararat Town Hall from June 21 to 23 and 28 to 30.

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