Conceived and Originally Directed by John-Michael Tebelak
Music and New Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Originally Produced on the New York Stage by
Edgar Lansbury / Stuart Duncan / Jospeh Beruh
Directed by Jim Bowen-Collinson
Produced by Kimberly Fry
Summer 2021: July 30 - August 1, August 6 - August 8, August 13 - August 15
Based primarily on the Book of Matthew, Godspell focuses on eight strangers, all from different walks of life, coming together to tell the lessons and parables of Jesus Christ through improvisation, various games, storytelling techniques and a hefty dose of comic timing. By the end of the show, which features a reenactment of the Last Supper and Crucifixion, the strangers learn to carry Jesus’ message of kindness, tolerance, and love. Featuring a score from Stephen Schwartz (famous for Pippin, The Prince of Egypt, and Wicked) with various contemporary genres from pop to rock and gospel to vaudeville, this show has made a lasting impression on American musical theatre since its New York premiere in 1971, and later film version in 1973. The version of the script Sterling Playmakers will produce comes from the 2011-2012 Broadway revival, which masterfully injects this story with contemporary references and dazzling new music arrangements.
When the show premiered in 1971, our country was very much divided. We had the Vietnam War and counterculture movement, which was highly politicized and a moment of social tension in our American history. It feels right to set the show in today’s time as we seem to be in need of healing during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the same unresolved social issues. Our group of strangers will begin the show divided in a black and white world as masked protesters during the pandemic. It’s not until the entrance of Jesus that they begin to be in a world of color. Through the teachings of Jesus, they learn to come together and build a beautiful city of man, and spread the message of tolerance, compassion, and love.
All of the roles in the script except for Jesus and Judas/John the Baptist, feature the names of the original cast members from the 2011-2012 Broadway revival. For our production, and the program, you will be referred to your actual name. The names listed below are to help you know which track sings what song. The acting style of the show is very heavy improvisation, so we will be asking you to bring some of your own personality traits to the characters. The descriptions below are a helpful base for each character, and more detailed descriptions can be viewed here. All roles are being considered for actors ages 18+, and there are no age limits to each character. All roles are open to Black, Latinx, MENASA, API, Indigenous, or white actors, as well as actors with and without disabilities. All members of the LGBTQIA+ community are welcome. Sterling Playmakers is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity in casting and staffing our productions.
Auditions will be held in-person at Cascades Senior Center, located at 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling, VA 20165. COVID-19 safety precautions will be in place, and all auditions will be by appointment only. Please sign up for an audition time slot.
Auditions will be Thursday, May 6 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm, Friday, May 7 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm, and Saturday, May 8 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. If needed, callbacks will be held on Sunday, May 9 by invitation only.
Auditions will consist of improvisation, cold readings, a 16-32 bar cut of a contemporary Broadway (post 1989) pop, rock, or gospel song that best showcases your voice, and a dance component.