Description:

Godspell was the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden); 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. 

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Godspell Director’s Vision Letter
50 years ago, “Godspell” hit the world by storm. Mainstream Christianity was experiencing its first decline in recent history, and a group of drama students at Carnegie Mellon University came together to produce a script and score (by Stephen Schwartz) that would simultaneously awaken a new group of believers and challenge the mainstream to consider Jesus’ actions in the Bible through a fresh lens. The music, costumes, staging, and script are an atypical recitation of the Gospel, and many audience members did not originally understand the context for these choices. The overarching message is that Jesus came for everyone! Godspell seeks to show a diverse group of individuals and their encounter with our Savior as He shares parables, teaches by example, and ultimately gives His life for us.  Then, 10 years ago, the 2012 Godspell revival expanded the original score in challenging and invigorating ways, and breathed fresh Spirit into the story once again. We pray that God will breathe that same Spirit into our community as we present Godspell this fall.
Beautiful City - As you are preparing for your audition, please remember the saying, “casting is not a talent competition, it is a puzzle”.  This show is the perfect example of a casting puzzle. Jesus, John/Judas, and each disciple has a unique personality. The goal is to show God’s kingdom on our stage…to build a beautiful city of God. We need the meek, the strong, the peacemakers, the sarcastic, the poor in spirit, the persecuted, the sassy, and the inquisitive. Every disciple has a special relationship with Jesus, which is why the cast is designed to be so small. Our audience will get a glimpse into these transformative relationships and witness a community who comes together through Jesus, then goes out into the world to spread the Gospel.
All Good Gifts - Due to the unique nature of this production you must be in high school or older to audition.  We will be casting a small group to fill the 10 roles in the show plus a few swings who will learn to cover certain solos and also perform in the ensemble for the entire run. Every person who is cast will need to be a solid soloist, be able to hold a harmony part independently, be a strong character actor, and have a heart for telling the story of JesusMovement will also be a consideration, but we will not hold dance auditions until callbacks since the vocal and acting demands of this show are the primary focus. 
Prepare Ye!God has molded and created every one of you, and we want to see your beautiful personalities at auditions! Choose a song that shows off your unique vocal ability. Since we will need people to sing rock, folk, vaudeville, and other styles, feel free to branch out of the musical theater genre for your piece. In your monologue, we are looking for personality! Make bold choices and show us who you are as a performer while giving us your authentic personality.  If you have ever considered writing your own monologue to express yourself, this show would be the perfect chance to take a stab at that!
Learn Your Lessons Well - Let’s talk callbacks. At callbacks, auditioners will be taught harmonies and be asked to hold them independently within the group.  We will also test your improv chops and ask you to make bold character choices “on the fly”. This audition will not be like any other you have experienced, so we hope that you come with energy and enthusiasm, and a willingness to try and experience new things……much like the disciples who followed Jesus. 
Day by Day - In order for this experience to be impactful for the cast and the community who comes to see Godspell, conflicts must be minimal. This show is a commitment, and we will need you at rehearsals in order to do the teamwork – not only the vocal and blocking teamwork, but the spiritual and emotional teamwork that will help us visibly share Christ’s love with each other. We have to become a community who cheer each other on and who genuinely care for each other. We will be doing deep-dive Bible study to get to the heart of the messages we are being entrusted to share, so attendance is critical. Our efforts must come from the heart. 
We Beseech Thee - Whew! That was a lot of information. We do not want to discourage anyone from auditioning…after all, if you don’t audition, you certainly won’t be cast in the show…but we want you all to know what this show experience will be about. Please keep your minds and hearts open to God’s will for you regarding casting this session.  Remember, an audition is simply an opportunity to be cast. If you are not cast in Godspell, there are 2 more fabulous CYT shows to audition for! To that end, everyone will need to sign up for a back-up fall show when you fill out your audition paperwork.  
You are the Light of the World! Above all, we want to see you SHINE! We will be praying for you all and we hope that you will be in prayer for us as we discern where God is leading in the casting for CYT’s production of Godspell.  
See you at auditions! Ashlie Driver

Dates / Times:

  • Friday, Oct 14th @ 7:00pm
  • Saturday, Oct 15th @ 2:00pm
  • Saturday, Oct 15th @ 7:00pm
  • Sunday, Oct 16th @ 2:00pm
  • Friday, Oct 21st @ 7:00pm
  • Saturday, Oct 22nd @ 2:00pm
  • Saturday, Oct 22nd @ 7:00pm
  • Sunday, Oct 23rd @ 2:00pm
Tickets go on sale Saturday September 3, 2022 at 12:00am

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Klein United Methodist Church:

5920 FM 2920, Spring, TX 77389


Show Notes:

AUDITIONS/CALLBACKS:
Auditions/Callbacks August 16-17 - Klein United Methodist Church, Spring
 
IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
Students auditioning for Godspell MUST be at least a freshman in high school and MUST be signed up for a Fall 2022 CYT class to be eligible to audition. Class registration is open now.
 
All Godspell auditioners will be required to select a back-up show to audition for should they not be cast in the Small Cast Godspell production. Please choose between East-Descendants and North-Cinderella. Once the Godspell cast has been chosen, those who were not cast will automatically have their production fees moved to their back-up show and will be able to select an audition time for that team.
 
What do I need to do?
1. SIGN UP FOR A VOCAL AUDITION TIMESLOT at cythouston.org. If you do not already have an account, you will need to create one.
To sign up for an audition, log into your account. Click on TOOLS next to the person who is auditioning and then select AUDITIONS. Under the person's picture will be a button NEW AUDITION APPOINTMENT. Select AUDITION FOR SHOW and then GODSPELL. It will ask you to select a timeslot for your vocal audition.
  1. COMPLETE YOUR AUDITION PAPERWORK HERE! All paperwork must be completed no later than August 14th at 10:00pm.
  2. BRING PRODUCTION FEE AND FORM AND (1) HEADSHOT TO AUDITIONS. Print and complete the appropriate medical forms found in the pdf section of cythouston.org/shows page. Headshots can be 4x6 or 5x7. If you have 8x10 already printed, that's fine also.
  3. TWO-MINUTE AUDITION - You will have two minutes to shine. The director would like a song and a monologue, but it is up to you how much of the two minutes you use for each.
DATES - Please note: We will have some additional rehearsals on some Thursday evenings as well as the typical Fridays and Saturdays.
 
REHEARSAL TIMES:
Thursdays and Fridays 5:30-9:30pm
Saturdays 9:00am-4:00pm
 
REHEARSALS:
Aug 25, 26, 27
Sept 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 30
Oct 1, 6, 7, 8
 
TECH WEEK:
Oct 9-13 (Klein United - CLC)
 
PERFORMANCES:
Oct 14-16 & 20-23 (shows and pick up rehearsal - Klein United - CLC)
 
ARTISTIC TEAM:
Director: Ashlie Driver
Asst. Director:  Phil Harris
Vocal Director:  Lisa Woods
Choreographer:  Mieka Phillips
Intern:  Sean Ramsower

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Characters:

Jesus

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. Usually played by someone handsome and masculine, with an undertone of sexuality. He is the most "serious" and intellectual of the group, though as with all the actors, he mus still possess a good sense of physical comedy.

Nick

Very high energy. Impish and playful. In the original, he played several musical instruments, including concertina, recorder and guitar.

Telly

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

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 vonunteer, 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 to her.

Morgan

Sassy and slightly cynical, the most urban of the group.

Celisse

The female equivalent of the class clown. Goofy and a cut-up. In the 2012 Broadway revival, she played several instruments, including conga, ukulele and guitar.