Possum Point Players announces
auditions for GODSPELL
January 19 and 22 - 6:00p
Possum Hall, Georgetown
Possum Point Players announce auditions for their spring musical, GODSPELL (2012 revival version), conceived by John Michael Tebelak with music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, directed by John H. Hulse, with musical direction by Gail Betton Kelso, on Sunday, January 19 and Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at 6 PM at Possum Hall, 441 Old Laurel Rd; Georgetown, Delaware.
The cast requires 10 - 13 actors. We seek strong singers and comedic actors, ages 15 and up, who can portray characters with youthful spirits and boundless energy. Comedic timing, a good sense of physical comedy, and improvisational skills are valuable, as are the abilities to sing in harmony and function as an ensemble. The ability to play piano, guitar, and/or other instruments is also of benefit. Performers of all ethnicities are strongly encouraged to audition.
Those auditioning should prepare to sing a fully memorized up-tempo contemporary musical theater song showcasing one’s style and soul. Songs from GODSPELL are allowed. Accompaniment will be provided, and recorded accompaniment is also acceptable. Those auditioning will also participate in charade-type theater games and will be asked to read from the script. Those auditioning should dress comfortably and be prepared to move and dance.
The cast must be available for all show dates, which are March 27, 28, 29, April 3, 4, and 5, 2020.
Those needing more information, or unable to attend the audition, but interested in auditioning or being part of the production crew, should contact John H. Hulse at 302-245-4147.
GODSPELL is a modern and sometimes comedic retelling of the Biblical parables and the last seven days of Christ’s life. This a joyous, contemporary version of the Gospel according to St. Matthew in music, mime, and dance that spreads Christ’s message of love and tolerance in sometimes funny and sometimes sentimental ways. The list of recognizable songs includes “Save the People,” “Turn Back, O Man,” and “Day by Day.” Using song and dance, the apostles
GODSPELL is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
Possum Point Players is supported, in part, by grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.
Detailed Character and Song Breakdown
All roles are being considered for all actors, regardless of gender.
Jesus – sings “Save the People”, “All for the Best”, “Alas for You”, and “Beautiful City” – Very charismatic, high energy, charming, funny, gentle but with strength. This person is the sort of person people instinctively follow.
John the Baptist/Judas – sings “Prepare Ye” and “All for the Best” – This person has the attributes of both Biblical figures: this person is both Jesus’ lieutenant and most ardent disciple and the doubter who begins to question and rebel. Like Jesus, this person is also charismatic, but in more of an overt revolutionary way. This person is the most “serious” and intellectual of the group, though as with all the others, this person must still possess a good sense of physical comedy.
Actor 3 – sings “We Beseech Thee” – Very high energy. Impish and playful. In the original, this person played several musical instruments, including the concertina, recorder, and guitar.
Actor 4 – sings “All Good Gifts” – Not the brightest in the bunch, this person may be a little slow on the uptake. But there is a great sweetness and innocence about this person.
Actor 5 – sings “Light of the World” – The comedian, the class clown. The person who can do a hundred voices and imitations.
Actor 6 – sings “Day by Day” – someone who likes rough and noisy activities, but basically open and sweet. This person is the first of the group to commit to following Jesus in the song “Day by Day.”
Actor 7 – sings “Bless the Lord” – The confident one, the show-off. The first one to volunteer, sometimes this person jumps in before this person really understands what’s going on.
Actor 8 – sings “By My Side” – The shy one. Sometimes a little slow to get things, but when this person does, this person commits all the way. Has an “earthy” kind of warmth.
Actor 9 – sings “Turn Back O Man” – Sassy and slightly cynical, the most urban of the group. Also the “sexy” one, but this person’s sexiness contains a large element of put-on.
Actor 10 – sings “Learn Your Lessons Well” – Another class clown. Goofy and a cut-up. This person played several instruments, including conga, ukulele, and guitar.
Actors 11, 12, 13 – sing “Light of the World” and “On the Willows” – Infectious, joyful, true spirits who are loyal, good people who can make these parts their own!
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