Audition Submissions Due: Wednesday, March 17 at 5:00 pm
This production is for students located in both Issaquah and Everett.
About the Show
“Conceived and originally directed by John Michael Tebelak, with music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, Godspell is one of the biggest Off-Broadway and Broadway successes of all time. Based on The Gospel According to St. Matthew, the musical uses major episodes in the Bible – including the baptism of Jesus, the Last Supper, his arrest and crucifixion – to explore important ideas like compassion, love, forgiveness, and sacrifice for the greater good. The show draws on various theatrical traditions and musical styles, including pantomime, charades, acrobatics, vaudeville, folk, and rock to create a groundbreaking and unique reflection on parables of Jesus.”
“There is a wonderful symmetry in this production. The cast works together as a team to present a musical, which at its core reminds us how our individual actions ‘day by day’ help us to build a beautiful community and world.” – Music Theatre International
Character Description Breakdown
Why Godspell Jr.?
We chose Godspell in large part for its structure that will allow us to safely do some rehearsals and filming in-person and give everyone in the cast a major role. Every role can be played by an actor of any gender, race, or ability.
Since its original creation in 1970, Godspell has had a long production tradition of community and adaptability. The musical tells the story of a group of people that band together to spread a message of kindness, understanding, and love. With an unprecedented year behind us and an exciting future ahead, we know we will continue to bring our KIDSTAGE community of inspiring young artists together to celebrate their resiliency, creativity, and passion. This script allows for contemporary edits and adaptations to keep the individual parable stories as well as the overall story arch relevant to our KIDSTAGE performers, their experiences, and our current world.
About the Process
This production will utilize a combination of online rehearsals and in-person filming with masks, as per the Washington State Outdoor Performance regulations. All rehearsals will be online, and we will have 2 days of filming in-person with masks. Vocals will be pre-recorded, so there is no singing in person. The show will split into small groups for filming who will perform a combination of 2-3 scenes and songs from the show in their cast “bubble”. These scenes will all be stitched together in post-production to create a filmed version of the show.
Godspell Jr. will be presented as a filmed performance on May 22.