Auditions

Spring 2017

 

Godspell, Music & New Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin), Book by John Michael Tebelak, Music Direction by Sue Kinney, Choreography by Dino Elias, Directed for LTCC by Susan Boulanger

- A Musical Based Upon the Gospel According to St. Matthew, 2012 Broadway Revival Version

AUDITIONS: Monday March 27 at 7:00pm in LTCC's Duke Theatre

CALLBACKS: Tuesday March 28 at 7:00pm in LTCC's Duke Theatre

PERFORMANCES: June 16-25, 2017

REHEARSALS: Begin Monday April 10, and will be held Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday evenings until tech/dress week when rehearsals will increase.

*Due to circumstances beyond our control, LTCC had to cancel plans for the musical 9 to 5 – but, we're thrilled to be doing Godspell, an all-time favorite musicals. With music and lyrics by the incomparable Stephen Schwartz, this terrific, joyous show has great songs and is funny, theatrical, and moving. Godspell has a permanent spot in the heart of American musical theatre!

ABOUT THE MUSICAL:

Godspell was the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz, and it took the world by storm. Led by the international hit, "Day by Day," Godspell features a parade of beloved songs, including, "Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord," "Learn Your Lessons Well," "All for the Best," "All Good Gifts," "Turn Back, O Man" and "By My Side."

A small group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques and a hefty dose of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, is employed as the story of Jesus' life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus' messages of kindness, tolerance and love come vibrantly to life.

Boasting a score with chart-topping songs, a book by a visionary playwright (John-Michael Tebelak) and a feature film, Godspell is a sensation that continues to touch audiences.

 

AUDITION INFORMATION: Auditions are your opportunity to show us what you can do! Please prepare so can give it your best shot! Please read the play prior to auditions. Scripts will be available on reserve at the front desk of the Roberta Mason Library at LTCC. Audition sides will be available in the Duke Theatre Lobby, and listed on our Facebook page. Check out YouTube for the Broadway show and the film version from 1972 to give you an idea of the show. On Monday March 27, actors will sing and read from the script. Tuesday, March 28 are for callbacks, if needed. Expect to do some dancing at the audition. If we don’t need to have callbacks, then Tuesday March 28 will be the first company meeting and the choreographer will teach a dance combination to assess dancing and movement – please bring proper attire. If you play any instruments well enough for performance (guitar, ukulele, percussion, etc.), please let us know at auditions!

*Audition songs will either be from the score OR your personal choice.

  1. Everyone can audition with “Day by Day.” If you don’t know the show, given our time constraints, this is the simplest song from the show.
  2. The music in Godspell is all pop-rock, so if you would like, prepare a pop song (16 bars), upbeat or ballad. It may be best for you to do a song you know.
  3. You can also prepare 16 bars of a song from the show.
  4. If you are interested in a particular character/song, please do your best to prepare that song (16 bars) for auditions/callbacks

Other songs available on YouTube: Light of the World

Lyrics to Day by Day:

Day by Day,

Day by Day,

Oh, dear Lord,

Three things I pray:

To see thee more clearly,

Love thee more dearly,

Follow thee more nearly

Day by Day.

 

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

As they did with the original Godspell, the character names are drawn from the actors who played the characters. We are looking for actors of various ages and types who can sing, and dancers. The original casting calls for 10 actors, but we are looking to cast more and will make scene and song assignments accordingly.

Jesus: Strong singer. Must be the most charismatic individual in the cast. High energy, charming, funny, gentle but with strength. He is the sort of person others instinctively follow.

John The Baptist/Judas: He has attributes of both Biblical figures. He is both Jesus' lieutenant and most ardent disciple and the doubter who begins to question and rebel. Like Jesus, he is also charismatic, but in more of an overt revolutionary way. He is the most "serious" and intellectual of the group, though as with all the actors, he must still possess a good sense of physical comedy.

Nick: Very high energy. Impish and playful.

Telly: Not the brightest in the bunch, he is a little slow on the uptake. But there is a great sweetness and innocence about him. Because he sings "All Good Gifts." he must be a very good singer (Tenor).

George: The comedian, the class clown. The guy who can do a hundred voices and imitations.

Anna Maria; A bit of a tomboy, but basically open and sweet. Perhaps the youngest of the group. She is the first of the group to commit to following Jesus in the song "Day by Day."

Lindsay: The confident one, the show-off. The first one to volunteer, sometimes she jumps in before she really understands what's going on.

Uzo: The shy one. Sometimes a little slow to get things, but when she does, she commits all the way. Has an "earth mother" kind of warmth.

Morgan: Sassy and slightly cynical, the most urban of the group. Also the "sexy" one, but her sexiness contains a large element of put-on, in the manner of Mae West or Madonna (who, in fact, once played this role.)

Celisse: The female equivalent of the class clown. Goofy and a cut-up.

 

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