Conceived and Originally Directed by John-Michael Tebelak
Music and New Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Godspell is a musical composed by Stephen Schwartz with book by John-Michael Tebelak. The show is structured as a series of parables, primarily based on the Gospel of Matthew, interspersed with music mostly set to lyrics from traditional hymns, with the passion of Christ appearing briefly near the end.
The show was rescored for an off-Broadway production, which opened on May 17, 1971, and became a long-running success. Many productions have followed worldwide, including a 2011 Broadway revival. (The one we are producing.)
Auditions will be held at the Waterworks Theatre on August 6th & 7th at 7 p.m. Please prepare 32 bars from a musical of your choice. And prepare a one-minute upbeat monologue. There will be a dance call as well, so wear comfortable clothing. Teenage and up are encouraged to audition. The show will run on October 13, 14, 15, 20, and 21. Rehearsals will start in late August.
- Jesus (Tenor): High energy, charming, funny, gentle but with strength. He is the sort of person others instinctively follow.
- John the Baptist/Judas (Baritone): 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. Must possess a good sense of physical comedy. He sings “Prepare Ye,” “All For the Best,” and “On the Willows.”
- Anna Maria (Alto): 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.”
- Celisse (Mezzo-Soprano): The female equivalent of the class clown. Goofy and a cut-up. She sings “Learn Your Lessons Well.”
- George (Tenor): The comedian, the class clown. The guy who can do a hundred voices and imitations. He sings “Light of the World.”
- Lindsay (Soprano): The confident one, the show-off. The first one to volunteer, sometimes she jumps in before she really understands what’s going on. She sings “Bless the Lord.”
- Morgan (Alto): Sassy and slightly cynical, the most urban of the group. She sings “Turn Back, O Man.”
- Nick (Tenor): Very high energy. Impish and playful. He sings “We Beseech Thee.”
- Telly (Tenor): Not the brightest in the bunch. But there is a great sweetness and innocence about him. He sings “All Good Gifts”.
- Uzo (Alto): The shy one. Sometimes a little slow to get things, but when she does, she commits all the way. Has an She sings “By My Side.”
- Ensemble roles are also looking to be filled.