Reading Civic Theatre

2016 Fall Show Announcement

RCT will continue holding fund raising events over the next several months. The first event, held at Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizzeria, was a success as everyone who attended had a great time enjoying the food and the karaoke singing.  RCT thanks everyone who attended this event. 

The next event will be held on June 2, 2018 –  RCT’s annual chicken BBQ fund raiser .  We have a new location at the Walgreens Pharmacy at Rte 222 and Museum Road in Shillington, PA. The  chicken dinners will be available at 11:00 AM and continue until 2:00 PM or the food runs out. Tickets will be sent to members with the April issue of Vocalines.   If you are in the area on that Saturday please stop in and purchase your Saturday lunch or dinner.



Reading Civic will be holding an IMPROV workshop (masterclass) on Sunday, April 29 th at the RCT Hall at 126 N. 10 th Street, Reading, PA. There will be two classes – one from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM for children under 16 and one class from 3:00 PM until 4:00 PM for people 16 and over. The cost will be $25.00 for the class and all proceeds will go to RCT. The instructor will be Joel Thomas, an RCT member who has experience in this area. Please join us for an exciting hour of education.

Reading Civic Theatre is also pleased to announce we have secured the rights for the following shows to be part of our 2018 season:

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” will be performed on September 21 through the 23 rd at the Abraham Lincoln Hotel.  Auditions for this show will be held at the RCT Hall on Monday April 30 th through May 2, 2018 .  Please see the AUDITIONS tab for further details.


Please Note:   There will be a perusal of the show tunes on Thursday April 26, 2018 at the RCT Hall starting at 6:30 PM.


Here is a synopsis of the show:

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018 and one of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers and the coat of many colors.
Told entirely through song with the help of a main character, the Narrator, the musical follows Jacob’s favorite son, Joseph. After being sold into slavery by his brothers, he ingratiates himself with Egyptian noble Potiphar, but ends up in jail after refusing the amorous advances of Potiphar’s wife. While imprisoned, Joseph discovers his ability to interpret dreams, and he soon finds himself in front of the mighty but troubled, Elvis-inspired, Pharaoh. Joseph’s solution to Egypt’s famine elevates him to Pharaoh’s right-hand man and reunites him with his family.


Here is a character description  for the show. 

JOSEPH: Male, (High Tenor, Vocal Range Low A to High G). Eleventh son of Jacob and Jacob’s favorite. Looking for a strong actor with a confident but charming personality. Must move and sing very well.

NARRATOR: Female, (Soprano with extended mix/belt range, Low F# to High G). The Narrator is our host, and through word and song guides the audience gently through the story of Joseph and his brothers. The narrator must be adept at both being the focal point and then “blending” into the scene.  Looking for an excellent singer that can completely invest in the storytelling aspect.

PHARAOH: Male, (Baritone, Low B to High G#). Pharaoh is the most powerful man in Egypt, and considered a god on earth. He is in a strange psychological place and is desperately searching for the truth in his dreams. The character is in style an homage to Elvis.

POTIPHAR: Male, plays about 40-70 yrs. old (Baritone, Vocal Range D to B). Potiphar is a rich, self- indulgent and sophisticated Egyptian capitalist who buys Joseph as a slave. He needs to be a strong actor as well as a good singer.

MRS. POTIPHAR: Female, Strong Dancer. Mrs. Potiphar is an indulgent woman who likes to get her own way, and thinks first and foremost about her own personal gratification. She is beautiful and confident. She will also be a part of the female ensemble.

JACOB: Male, plays about 50-75 yrs. old (Baritone, Low A to C). Jacob is the father of Joseph and his 11 brothers. He clearly favors Joseph as the first son of his favorite wife, unwittingly causing the friction that exists between Joseph and his brothers. Jacob needs to be a good actor, who can sing reasonably well.

JOSEPH’S BROTHERS: Males, Joseph’s 11 brothers (Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin), are jealous of Joseph being their father’s favorite son, sell him into slavery, and ultimately realize their wrongdoing. Looking for men who can dance and sing.

REUBEN: the oldest, the one who is quickest to lie to Jacob. Sings a solo, “Those Canaan Days”

SIMEON: the brother who is first able to openly admit that they created their own misery by selling off Joseph.

JUDAH: the first brother who lays down his life for his youngest brother Benjamin. Some solo work required, “Benjamin Calypso”

BENJAMIN: the youngest, most innocent.

BUTLER & BAKER: Males, (Tenor). The Butler and the Baker both work for the Pharaoh. They are both decent men in precarious situations. They need to be good singers and honest actors. Can be cast from the brothers.

FEMALE ENSEMBLE: Will play multiple roles throughout the show including wives to Jacob and his sons and citizens of Egypt. They sing and dance throughout the entire show. Looking for energetic singers who move well. Featured roles and solos will come from the ensemble.


Male and Female – (Ages 6 and up – sing and dance along with main characters throughout the show.

These are the audition songs you will be expected to sing for the roles listed below for RCT’s production of JOSEPH:

Joseph: “Close Every Door”,  “Any Dream Will Do”

Narrator: “Pharaoh Story”

Pharaoh: “Song of the King”

Reuben: “Those Canaan Days”

Brothers: “The Brothers Came to Egypt”,  “Joseph’s Dreams”

Ensemble: “Any Dream Will Do”

All other named roles will sing:  “Any Dream Will Do”


The second show of the season will be  “Annie” and will be performed on December 14 through the 16 th at the Miller Center for the Performing Arts at RACC.  


On going fundraisers include :
– Did you hear that some of Broadway’s biggest shows are coming to the Santander Performing Arts Center in Reading, PA? We can save you money on your ticket purchase! Use the link on the right hand side of the page – SPAC Fund Raiser for RCT – and for each of these shows, you will save on the costly per-ticket convenience fees found online and a portion of all tickets purchased will go back to support the work of Reading Civic Theatre. Shows available include Catapult, Cirque Dreams Holidaze, A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Russian Grand Ballet Presents The Nutcracker, The Wizard of Oz, Jersey Boys and Rent! Please enjoy these shows at the SPAC and purchase your tickets through the web site on the right to provide a portion of your ticket cost to RCT. Thank You in advance.


– RCT has created a GO FUND ME page to help offset the production costs for all of our upcoming shows. To help RCT meet the expenses associated with our shows please click the link on the right hand side of this page to donate to our cause. Thank you in advance for your generosity and continued support of the Arts in Reading.


Please look at the CURRENT SHOW tab for information on RCT’s 2018 events.


Please see the Community tab under ABOUT US for the upcoming show schedule for members and local theatre groups.

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