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Godspell 2012

by John Michael Tebelak and Stephen Schwartz

Performance Run Commitment: June 27-August 11, 2013

When: Monday, April 8, 7pm
Tuesday, April 9, 7pm

Where: Manoa Valley Theatre

Guest Director Guest Musical Director Guest Choreographer
Bree Bumatai Keith Griffin Grace Bell

About the show

Godspell is one of the biggest Off-Broadway and Broadway successes of all time. This 2012 revised version incorporates changes and updated references used in the 2011-12 Broadway production. Based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew, Godspell 2012 boasts a string of well-loved songs through which the parables of Jesus Christ come humanly and hearteningly to life. Freshly revised with changes that make this modern classic even more poignant for contemporary audiences, this groundbreaking and unique reflection on the life of Jesus promotes a message of kindness, tolerance and love that is apropos for all family members. Its magical theatrical sparkle will delight all.


Godspell 2012 is about building community. The structure of the show is that of a series of parables which are based predominantly on the Gospel of Matthew. They are told/performed by an ensemble cast of five men and five women age ranged from 18 to 50. Working well with others in the cast will be very important. Strong singers who can dance and are equally strong actors are sought. There are vocal solos for everyone in the show as well as group numbers.

The audition will consist of 32 bars of a song of your choice. Auditionees must provide their own sheet music in their own key. No transpositions, karaoke tapes or a capella, please. Choosing an audition song from Godspell or something that is similar in style is strongly encouraged.

Auditionees will be taught a brief dance sequence, so please come prepared to move. Auditionees may be asked to do some improvisation. Since many of the scenes in the show will be created thru improv and theatre games during the rehearsal period, comedic ability will be very important.

The ability to play instruments, do acrobatics, juggle, or other specialty skills are plusses. (Be sure to note these specialty skills on your audition form.)

Roles in the show as described in the script are as follows. All roles are available:

JESUS -- (Tenor - High G#) 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.
        Solos: God Save the People, All for the Best, Alas for You, Beautiful City

JOHN THE BAPTIST/JUDAS -- (Baritone - E) He has attributes of both Biblical figures....... 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. He is 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 must still possess a good sense of physical comedy.
        Solos: Prepare Ye, All for the Best, On the Willows

NICK -- (Tenor - High D Falsetto) Very high energy. Impish and playful.
        Solos: Light of the World, We Beseech Thee

TELLY -- (Tenor - High A) Not the brightest in the bunch, he is a little slow on the uptake. But there is a great sweetness and innocence about him. He can be emotional.
        Solo: All Good Gifts

GEORGE -- (Baritone - E) The comedian, and class clown. The guy who can do a hundred voices and imitations.
        Solo: Light of the World

ANNA MARIA -- (Alto) A bit of a tomboy, but basically open and sweet. She is the first of the group to commit to following Jesus.
        Solos: Day by Day, Light of the World

LINDSAY -- (Soprano - High C) The confident one, the show-off. The first one to volunteer, sometimes she jumps in before she really understands what's going on.
        Solo: O Bless the Lord

UZO -- (Alto) 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.
        Solos: By My Side, Light of the World

MORGAN -- (Low Alto - D below Middle C) Sassy and slightly cynical, the most urban of the group. Also the "sexy" one, but her sexiness contains a large element of put-on, in the manner of Mae West or Madonna.
        Solo: Turn Back O Man

CELISSE -- (Mezzo) The female equivalent of the class clown. Goofy and a cut-up. A strong comedienne.
        Solo: Learn your lessons Well

Production Schedule

rehearsals April 22, 2013 - June 26, 2013
performance run
June 27 - August 11, 2013 (33 performances),
Wednesdays at 7:30pm, Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 4pm.
Performances will be held at Manoa Valley Theatre. Rehearsals will be held at Iolani School. The rehearsal schedule will generally be Mondays through Fridays from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays as necessary. Cast members will uniformly receive an honorarium to help defray the out-of-pocket expenses associated with volunteerism and participation in this production. This honorarium is not an offer of employment.

About The Directors

Bree Bumatai (Guest Director) has been in theatre both locally and on the mainland for over forty years. In that time, she has served as producer, director, actress, and stage manager for hundreds of productions. Her most recent MVT directing assignment was Avenue Q. She has received Po'okela awards for directing MVT's productions of I Hate Hamlet, Song of Singapore (2002), Frost/Nixon and Avenue Q. Bree also occasionally can be seen onstage. By day, Bree is the Associate Producer at Manoa Valley Theatre.

Keith Griffin (Guest Musical Director) musical directed MVT's Tony n' Tina's Wedding (2011) and Bat Boy. He has performed as a musician in MVT’s productions of Beehive, Honk! Song of Singapore, Smokey Joe’s Cafe and Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding. Keith also performed in MVT’s original production of Song of Singapore in 1995 and created original scores for MVT’s Visiting Mr. Green and Dirty Laundry. His other credits include performances in ACT’s West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, The Wiz and DHT’s Titanic. Keith has his bachelor of music degree from the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford.

Grace Bell (Guest Choreographer) is a teacher of music, dance and drama at Le Jardin Academy. She has guest directed with Manoa Valley Theatre and Army Community Theatre, and has choreographed at those theatres as well as Kumu Kahua. Her choreography of A Chorus Line, Cats, and Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at ACT earned her Po'okela Awards for excellence.

Script Perusals and More Information

Scripts are available for perusal on premises at the Manoa Valley Theatre business office, 2833 East Manoa Road, between 9:30 am and 5:00 pm, Mondays through Fridays. For more information please call MVT at 988-6131.

Upcoming Auditions
The Toxic Avenger
     guest director: Hannah Schauer Galli
     guest musical director: Lina Jeong Doo

July 8 & 9, 2013
     guest director: Nicolas Logue

July 1 & 2, 2013
The Odd Couple - female version
     guest director: Betty Burdick

October 21, 2013
     guest director: Paul Mitri
     guest musical director: James Mares

December 16 & 17, 2013
Clybourne Park
     guest director: Vanita Rae Smith

March 29, 2014
Smokey Joe's Café
     guest director: Brad Powell
     guest musical director: Keith Griffin

April 14, 2014

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