Joseph Cast & Crew

In the biblical land of Caanan, Joseph is the favorite son of Jacob. As such, he encounters the jealousy of his brothers who object to his dreams in which he is the hero and the brothers have to pay homage to him.

They arrange to have him killed and to prove his death, show their father the multicoloured coat smeared with blood. In fact, Joseph has been sold in slavery to the household of Potiphar who has him thrown in jail as he objects to the attraction between his wife and Joseph.

Joseph’s ability to interpret dreams is relayed to Pharaoh who has started to have a series of dreams. Joseph foresees seven years of full harvests and this to be followed by seven years of famine. Joseph is put in charge of preparing for the years of famine and, just as prophesied, the dreams came true.

Back in Caanan, the famine affected Joseph’s family too. The brothers travel to Egypt to find work. They go to Joseph who recognises them but they don’t recognise him.

They bow down before him (just as foretold in an earlier dream). Joseph has a score to settle though and after giving his brothers grain, he hides a goblet in Benjamin’s sack. Benjamin is accused of theft. The brothers plead for Benjamin’s release from custody and Joseph relents and then reveals himself as their brother.

The ending is a happy one.

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All of those auditioning should be at least 16 years of age.

Roles to be cast:

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 her words.

Joseph: Self assured favorite son who inspires jealousy in his brothers who sell him into slavery in Egypt. Eventually Joseph becomes a powerful man and reunites his family and honors his father.

Jacob: The father of twelve sons and the founder of the nation of Israel.

Ishmaelites: Men of the desert who buy Joseph from his brothers and sell him in Egypt.


Potiphar: A powerful and rich Egyptian, Potiphar purchases Joseph and puts him to work in his household. When he grows suspicious of Mrs. Potiphar and Joseph, however, he throws Joseph into prison.


Mrs. Potiphar: Beautiful and scheming, unsuccessfully tries to seduce Joseph. However, her dalliances do end up condemning him to prison.

Baker: One of Pharaoh’s servants, in prison with Joseph who correctly interprets his dreams and predicts that he will be put to death.

Butler: Another of Pharaoh’s servants, also in prison with Joseph who again correctly interprets his dreams that he’ll be released. It is the Butler who tells Pharaoh about Joseph’s dream interpreting ability.


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. In most productions, Pharaoh is portrayed as an Elvis Presley-style figure.


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.

  • Reuben: Eldest son of Jacob. Sings “One More Angel in Heaven”
  • Simeon: Second son of Jacob. Sings “Those Canaan Days”
  • Levi: Third son of Jacob.
  • Judah: Fourth son of Jacob. Sings “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. Accused of stealing the golden cup.

The Wives: The wives of Jacob and many of his sons. The actresses playing the wives also double as Egyptians and servants of Potiphar.

Songs:

Act One

“Prologue” – Narrator, Joseph, Ensemble

“Any Dream Will Do” – Joseph, Narrator, Ensemble

“Jacob and Sons” – Narrator, Joseph, Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Benjamin, Jacob, Wives, Ensemble

“Joseph’s Coat” – Jacob, Joseph, Narrator, Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Benjamin, Wives, Ensemble

“Joseph’s Dreams” – Narrator, Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Benjamin, Joseph

“Poor, Poor Joseph” – Narrator, Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Benjamin, Ishmaelites

“One More Angel in Heaven” – Narrator, Reuben (soloist), Levi, Simeon, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Benjamin, Wives, Jacob, Ensemble

“Potiphar” – Narrator, Ensemble, Mrs. Potiphar, Potiphar, Joseph

“Close Every Door” – Joseph, Lyric Dancers, Ensemble

“Go, Go, Go Joseph” – Narrator, Butler, Baker, Ensemble, Joseph, Full Company

Act Two

  • “Pharaoh’s Story” – Narrator, Ensemble
  • “Poor, Poor Pharaoh” – Narrator, Butler, Pharaoh, Ensemble
  • “Song of the King” – Pharaoh, Ensemble
  • “Pharaoh’s Dream Explained” – Joseph, Ensemble
  • “Stone the Crows” – Narrator, Pharaoh, Joseph, Female Ensemble
  • “Those Canaan Days” – Simeon (soloist), Jacob, Reuben, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Benjamin
  • “The Brothers Come to Egypt/Grovel, Grovel” – Narrator, Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Benjamin, Joseph, Ensemble
  • “Who’s the Thief?” – Joseph, Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Benjamin, Ensemble
  • “Benjamin’s Calypso” – Judah (soloist), Joseph, Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Benjamin, Ensemble
  • “Joseph All the Time” – Narrator, Joseph, Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Benjamin, Ensemble
  • “Jacob in Egypt” – Narrator, Jacob, Ensemble
  • “Any Dream Will Do (Reprise)” – Joseph, Narrator, Jacob, Ensemble
  • “Joseph Megamix” – Full Company