The Many Colors of Tyler Mick in “Joseph”
Tyler Mick (’13), a math major with a music minor, shows his true colors in the role of Joseph in this spring’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” With six years of theatre background and an even more impressive history in music, Mick enters into the solely singing role of Joseph with ease.
Mick’s theatre background began his sophomore year in high school. At Bethel, Mick has been involved in eight theatre productions — five onstage and three working backstage. But it was Mick’s music history that landed him the role of Joseph.
“My grandma started teaching me piano when I was 6 years old,” says Mick. “I haven’t kept up with piano much since my childhood, but that knowledge has helped me significantly in the development of what I consider my primary ‘instrument,’ my voice.”
Like with any instrument, Mick has proved that “practice makes perfect.” After 11 years in choir, Mick has developed an ear for harmony and a skill for reading vocal music, which led to his landing the main role in this spring’s theatre performance.
“When I was auditioning, I was really more auditioning for the show as a whole; it just seemed that auditioning for the title role would be a good goal for myself,” says Mick.
One of the reasons he set his sights on this particular production was for the theme of God’s redemptive power in “Joseph,” even though God Himself is never actually mentioned in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rendition of the biblical story. Mick, however, expresses the significance of such a decision.
“You can clearly see God at work throughout Joseph’s life, which I suppose would provide the best meaningful reflection, that God’s work is so evident even in the absence of any mention of Him,” says Mick.
An added difficulty of playing the role of Joseph is the lack of any spoken lines in the entire musical. This means that not only does Mick have to convey the story of God’s redemption without mention of Him, but he must do it solely through song.
“It’s a daunting prospect, knowing that the show relies so much on my performance,” says Mick. “It is very comforting to know that I have so many talented people backing me up, both on and off stage, because I could certainly not do this on my own.”
Come see Mick in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat” by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Thursday, Feb. 14 and Friday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center – Auditorium. Tickets are on sale now.