Acting in Plays, Singing/Joseph Auditions- Narrator
My high school is putting on Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat this year and I would like to audition for the narrator. I am 15 years old and have sang alto for years, but my new voice teacher is training me to use the soprano end of my voice. The directors of this show still think of me as an alto, so I need an audition song that shows off my upper range. Also, I'd like to show them the rockish belt sound that the narrator uses for the big "letting out a mighty roar, Potiphar burst through the door." I currently have "Defying Gravity" on the plate, but it is very overdone. The song does fit my voice well though. Thanks!
Hi, Nicole --
Thank you for the question. My apologies for not answering sooner -- I had an impromptu vacation over the Thanksgiving holiday.
Since the role of the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is not a “character” -- your audition panel will be looking for someone with a strong and very persuasive personality. Her range extends from B3 to G5 and, yes, it does require a Pop voice. Don’t worry about finding a song with a High G. It can always be an optional note that you add within a phrase.
If you are required to sing something from a musical, then consider the following two songs which were appropriated into the “Juke Box” musical, BEEHIVE. Click on the link for each. It will take you to MusicNotes.com which allows you to transpose the song into a key that will better reflect the range of the Narrator and where you can throw in an optional G or F.
Consider transposing up to Bb Major. The high note becomes an F5 in the phrases, “Downtown, things will be great when you’re downtown...”, etc. Listen to the original recording by Petula Clark: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_m4Qb0iW-o
RIVER DEEP, MOUNTAIN HIGH: http://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtdFPE.asp?ppn=MN0092761_U4
This shows the song in D Major. It’s range extends from D4 to F#5. Listen to the song on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZnsWjMrnSk
Your job at this audition is to change what you may think the audition panel thinks about your vocal range. Who knows? The Narrator may have already been cast. Whatever you choose to sing, deliver it in the manner of a Lead Pop singer who could earn her living outside musical theatre.
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