AUDITIONS

GODSPELL

GODSPELL NYC EPA

LOCATION
RIPLEY-GRIER STUDIOS (520)
520 8th Ave
New York, NY 10018-6507

 

16th floor, Studio 16D

 

Check lobby upon arrival for any changes.

 

WHEN
Monday, November 11, 2019
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

 

Lunch 1:30 to 2:30 PM

 

EPA Procedures are in effect for this audition.

CONTRACT 
SPT Tier 5; $450 per week plus pension and health 
Non-Union: $400 per week
RT transportation between NYC and CT provided by theatre

PERSONNEL
Artistic Director: Daniel C. Levine (in attendance) 
Executive Producer: Katie Diamond
Artistic Advisor: Stephen Schwartz
Director: Daniel C. Levine 
Music Supervisor: Bryan Perri 
Choreographer: Sara Brians 
Musical Director: Danny White

First Rehearsal: January 13, 2020 
First Preview: February 6, 2020 
Opening: February 8, 2020 
Closing: March 8, 2020 
**Performances are Thursday-Sunday 

OTHER

An Equity Monitor will not be provided. The producer will run all aspects of this audition. 

 

Performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, as well as performers with disabilities, are encouraged to audition. 

WHAT TO PREPARE:
Please prepare a short song in the style of the show along with a second piece if asked to sing more. Bring a hard copy headshot/resume and your book of music.

SEEKING: 

NOTE: LOOKING FOR A FEARLESS GROUP OF ACTORS WHO ARE GAME TO IMPROVISE, IMPERSONATE CELEBS, AND WHO CAN BE VERY PHYSICAL AND ACTIVE (THINK “SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE” CAST).

All actors are considered principal roles, however all actors “take on” other characters throughout the show (as is typical for Godspell).

Please specify if you have rhythmic percussion ability (ie: bucket drumming, etc.) or any other interesting or unusual skills.

 

[JESUS] Male, to play early 20s. Strong singer: Bari-tenor. Charismatic and intelligent, young leading man. Has a gentility mixed with a natural strength. You shouldn’t be able to take your eyes off of him. Essentially, a star. He should be boyish and yet very masculine. Along with the rest of the cast, needs to be a very funny, creative actor. Should be a strong mover. PRINCIPAL

[JUDAS/JOHN THE BAPTIST] Male, to play early 20s. Strong singer: Bari-tenor. Charismatic and young. Very masculine. Something mysterious about him—sexy, even—he’s the rebel of the bunch. Incredibly charming and seductive. He’s a little dangerous. Should be a strong mover. Improv, physical comedy and rhythmic percussion are pluses. PRINCIPAL

The following roles are not identified by character names (which will be the same as the actors cast) but by the song he or she sings:

["ALL GOOD GIFTS"] Male, to play early 20s. Strong singer: Tenor. Has a warmth and innocence about him. Childlike. Wide open face. Innocent without being dumb. Just a little naïve, simple. Should have a pure and amazing voice. Must be willing and game for improv, character work, and celebrity impressions during rehearsal period. Much of the work done in rehearsal will dictate specific performances/assignments/tracks in the show.

["LIGHT OF THE WORLD"] Male, to play early 20s. Strong singer: Baritone. Extremely funny, creative character actor. He’s the kind of guy who can keep a room entertained with stories and imitations for hours. Voice should rock a bit. Actors not typically musical theater actors encouraged. Must be willing and game for improv, character work, and celebrity impressions during rehearsal period. Much of the work done in rehearsal will dictate specific performances/assignments/tracks in the show.

["WE BESEECH THEE"] Male, to play early 20s. Strong singer: Tenor. Mischievous and character. Highly intelligent and energetic. Playful. Busting with energy, maybe a little ADD. Should be able to have a bit of gospel in him. Must be willing and game for improv, character work, and celebrity impressions during rehearsal period. Much of the work done in rehearsal will dictate specific performances/assignments/tracks in the show.

["DAY BY DAY"] Female, early 20s. Strong singer: Soprano/Belter. Somewhat simple in her thinking but incredibly open emotionally. The first to join the group in full. A bit of a leader. Smart and creative, with a purity of spirit that can break your heart. Must be willing and game for improv, character work, and celebrity impressions during rehearsal period. Much of the work done in rehearsal will dictate specific performances/assignments/tracks in the show.

["LEARN YOUR LESSONS"] Female, early 20s. Strong singer: Soprano/ Belter. A bit shy at first but comes out of her shell. Should be goofy and silly without really trying. Slightly awkward, physically. Waiting to come into her own, and when she does, she is radiant and amazing. Must be willing and game for improv, character work, and celebrity impressions during rehearsal period. Much of the work done in rehearsal will dictate specific performances/assignments/tracks in the show.

["BLESS THE LORD"] Female, early 20s. Extremely strong singer: Soprano/Belter. Incredibly confident, and game for anything— always the first in line, just wants to experience life to its fullest. Extremely funny—not just jokey, but her entire being. Just looking at her makes you laugh. Must be willing and game for improv, character work, and celebrity impressions during rehearsal period. Much of the work done in rehearsal will dictate specific performances/assignments/tracks in the show.

["TURN BACK, O MAN"] Female, early 20s. Strong singer: Alto/ Belter. Should be sexy, but not slutty—urban, cynical and sophisticated, not trashy. Certainly likes being the center of attention, and uses everything she’s got to stay there. Must be willing and game for improv, character work, and celebrity impressions during rehearsal period. Much of the work done in rehearsal will dictate specific performances/assignments/tracks in the show. Should be able to do a Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey) and Kim Kardashian impression.

["BY MY SIDE"] Female, early 20s. Strong singer: Alto/Belter. Shyer than the others—has an earthy warmth to her. Should be vulnerable, easily hurt and unbelievably soulful. She uses humor as her defense against the world. Must be willing and game for improv, character work, and celebrity impressions during rehearsal period. Much of the work done in rehearsal will dictate specific performances/assignments/tracks in the show.

(One Male Off Stage Cover) Seeking a Non-Equity Local performer to cover all male roles.

 

(One Female Off Stage Cover) Seeking a Non-Equity Local performer to cover all female roles.

 

GODSPELL KID'S AUDITIONS

ACT of Connecticut is seeking 8-10 kids to appear in ACT’s production of Godspell, alongside the professional, adult cast. Kids should read between ages 7 and 15. These kids will be on stage for the entire show and will be a main focus of the performance.  Kids must be mature enough, and have the attention span, to be able to focus in a professional rehearsal environment for several hours at a time, including several full-day rehearsals.  These kids will play a group of homeless children squatting in an abandoned church, who witness and participate in the storytelling of Godspell. 

ACT is seeking good singer/actors of all different voice types, who can stay on pitch and blend, and can maintain character while on stage for a 2-hour performance. Kids must be willing to actively participate in the rehearsal process along with the adult cast, including that they will be asked to improvise. Kids should only audition for this role if they are able to handle these rehearsal and performance requirements.

The rehearsal and performance schedule is listed below and kids must be available for all rehearsals and performances, no exceptions.  **Please note that some rehearsals will require kids to miss, or leave early from school.  Also note that the kids are NOT double-cast and kids will perform in 5 performances a week for the entire 5-week run.  Kids should not audition if they have any conflicts with any dates on the schedule posted below. To be clear: the kids appearing in Godspell play an important, active and extremely visible part of this production.  Kids should only audition if they are prepared to be part of a professional theater company production, including a rigorous rehearsal period and performance schedule. A small stipend will be provided.

Audition Details:

The audition will be held on Sunday, November 24, between 12pm-5pm at ACT.  Kids auditioning for this role will be provided with a short cut of a specific song from Godspell.  Music will be sent once an audition appointment is scheduled.  Those auditioning should also be prepared to either deliver a one-minute monologue or to tell a story showing personality and emotional range. Kids should bring a headshot and resume if available, or a snapshot if not. To schedule an audition appointment, please email casting@actofct.org.


Rehearsal and Performance Schedule:

Rehearsals:

**Please note that some rehearsals will require kids to miss, or leave early from school.

Sunday, January 5: 1pm-8pm (one-hour dinner break)
Monday, January 6: 4pm-8pm
Tuesday, January 7: 4pm-8pm
Thursday, January 16: 6pm-9pm
Friday, January 17: 4pm-7pm
Saturday, January 18: 11am-7pm (one-hour lunch break)
Sunday, January 19: 11am-7pm (one-hour lunch break)
Monday, January 20: 4pm-7pm
Tuesday, January 21: 4pm-7pm
Friday, January 24: 4pm-7pm
Saturday, January 25: 11am-7pm (one-hour lunch break)
Sunday, January 26: 11am-7pm (one-hour lunch break)
Monday, January 27: 4pm-7pm
Tuesday, January 28: 4pm-7pm
Friday, January 31: 2:30pm-10:30pm (1.5 hour dinner break)
Saturday, February 1: 11am-10:30pm (two-hour dinner break)
Sunday, February 2: 11am-10:30pm (two-hour dinner break)
Tuesday, February 4: 2pm-10:30pm (one-hour dinner break)
Wednesday, February 5: 2pm-10:30pm (1.5 hour dinner break)
Thursday, February 6: 1pm-5pm rehearsal; 7pm preview performance
Friday, February 7: 1pm-2:30pm photo call; 3pm-6pm rehearsal; 
6pm-7:30pm dinner break; 8pm performance


Performances:

February 6 – March 8

Thursday evenings, 7pm (6:30pm call time)
Friday evenings, 8pm (7:30pm call time)
Saturday matinees, 2pm (1:30pm call time)
Saturday evenings, 8pm (7:30pm call time)
Sunday matinees, 2pm (1:30pm call time)
 


 

 
 
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