Lakewood Theatre Company

Auditions: Godspell, February 18 & 19, 2017 - by appointment

Godspell at Lakewood Theatre Company, Lake Oswego, Oregon

Auditions for the musical Godspell, are by appointment on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18 & SUNDAY FEBRUARY 19, 2017.  All roles are open. Please use our online audition scheduling page to secure an appoitment time. If you experience difficulty, call Lakewood Theatre at 503-635-3901.

Location: Lakewood Theatre Company 368 S. State Street, Lake Oswego, OR 97034.

Godspell, is directed by Michael Snider and musical direction is by Cyndy Ramsey-Rier.


Callbacks:

Callbacks, if needed, will be February 20 and 21. Please hold those dates available.

Location:
Lakewood Theatre Company 368 S. State Street, Lake Oswego, OR 97034.

Audition Requirements:

  • Please submit online your appointment request and list all conflicts between March 12 – June 11.
  • Please bring a current resume and headshot to the audition.
  • Please prepare an uptempo Broadway song (not from Godspell), at least 32 bars, in the correct key for your voice and appropriate for the style of the show. Please, no contemporary, pop, rock, Andrew Lloyd Weber or Sondheim. An accompanist will be provided. Also, no recorded music or a cappella singing. Please note: you may be asked to sing from the score at the audition. No prepared monologue is required. Callbacks, if needed, will be at the director's discretion.
  • Conflicts not listed at time of audition may not be honored.


Important Dates:
Godspell opens April 28  and continues through June 11, 2017. Performances are Thurs-Sat at 7:30 PM, Sundays at 2:00 and 7:00 PM and two Wednesday evening performances at 7:30 PM.


ABOUT THE PLAY

Godspell is a musical by Stephen Schwartz and a book by John-Michael Tebelak. The structure of the musical is that of a series of parables, mostly based on the Gospel of Matthew. The parables are interspersed with a variety of modern music set primarily to lyrics from traditional hymns, with the passion of Christ treated briefly near the end of the performance. It started as a college project performed by students at Carnegie Mellon University and moved to La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in Greenwich Village. It was then re-scored for an off-Broadway production, which became a long-running success.

The original cast defined the personalities of each character as the show was developed. Most of the character names are simply the first name of the actor, so the characters are more easily identified by the song they sing. The only two named roles are Jesus, and John the Baptist, who doubles in the show as Judas Iscariot. The stage version applies the names and traits to the main group of characters who act out the parables and sing

It opened off Broadway on May 17, 1971, and has played in various touring companies and revivals many times since, including a 2011 revival, which played on Broadway from October 13, 2011, to June 24, 2012. Several cast albums have been released over the years and one of its songs, “Day by Day" from the original cast album, reached #13 on the Billboard pop singles chart in the summer of 1972.


Breakdown of Roles:

Please note: All ethnicities are encouraged to audition. All roles are open. Note: suggested age listing is for actors to appear the age noted. All roles receive remuneration.                                                           

Jesus
Charismatic and high energy, yet gentle and loving. He is the deceptively calm leader of the troupe. He is eventually betrayed by Judas and persecuted.
Gender: Male
Age: 18 to 30
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: A3

John The Baptist / Judas
He possesses the attributes of two Biblical figures: he is both Jesus' lieutenant and most ardent disciple, and also the doubter who begins to question and rebel. Like Jesus, he is also charismatic, but in an overt revolutionary way. Handsome and masculine with a subtle undertone of sexuality.
Gender: Male
Age: 18 to 35
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Ensemble
10 actors with varied vocal ranges and character traits. Special skills a plus! e.g.  juggling, unicycle, roller blades, magic, voice impressions of contemporary icons (Trump, Obama, Kim Kardashian,  movie stars, TV personalities, etc.)

Note: Auditions for Godspell are by appointment. Please use the online link to secure an appointment. Call 503-635-3901 if you experience a problem.

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