Algonquin Arts Theatre
Performing Arts | Education | Film
A New Jersey Non-Profit Organization
Box Office: 732-528-9211
Box Office Hours: Monday-Friday 12-6pm | Saturday 12-4pm
173 Main Street | Manasquan, New Jersey 08736
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Musical by Stephen Schwartz

An Algonquin Arts Theatre Production, featuring the Algonquin Youth Ensemble

Director: Ian Moore
Co-Director: Julie Nagy

Roles are appropriate for children 10 to 21 years of age. All students who are cast in this production will be enrolled in the tuition-based 2014 Summer Algonquin Youth Ensemble class, a musical theatre intensive program.

Thursday, May 15 – By appointment only starting at 4 p.m.
Saturday, May 17 – By appointment only starting at 10 a.m.

Acceptance through audition only! Students must be able to attend all performances and mandatory rehearsals. Call Julie at 732.528.9224 for to schedule an audition.

Saturday, May 17 – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

*** Actors will be told at their audition as to whether or not they should come back to our call-back scheduled for Saturday, May 17, 2014. If for some reason this is a conflicting time frame, please indicate this on the students audition form.

All auditions will be at the Algonquin Arts Theatre, 173 Main Street in Manasquan.

Auditioners are asked to prepare at least 16 bars of music similar to the style and arrangement of Godspell. Be prepared to dance. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring sheet music in the correct key.

  • We encourage actors to bring a resume/ headshot to practice having reviewed.
  • Be familiar with the plot and music from the 2012 Revival of Godspell.

REHEARSAL / CLASS BEGINS: Operate up to three weeks starting the week of July 14.

SESSION FOUR: 2014 Summer Stage
Algonquin Youth Ensemble & Main Stage Performance
Classes meet Monday through Friday
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
July 14 - August 1

July 9th (3-6 p.m.), July 10th (6:30-8:30 p.m.), (3-6 p.m.), July 12th (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) ---- Principle Music Rehearsals
July 16th (6:30-8:30 p.m.), July 23rd (6:30-8:30 p.m.) – Specific Character Rehearsals

TECH WEEK will begin July 28 – Aug 1 / Evening hours following classroom hours & dinner break.

Friday, August 1 • 8 p.m.
Saturday, August 2 • 8 p.m.
Sunday, August 3 • 3 p.m.

*MAKE NOTE: Please, keep Saturday, August 2, 2014 open all day. We are considering opening one more performance time at 2 p.m.

A rock musical based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew with music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by John-Michael Tebelak. The production uses improvisation and contemporary themes to illustrate the parables, bringing these lessons to life through the grand tradition of story theater. Overflowing with energy, this classic comes with a message of tolerance, kindness and hope through popular songs such as "Day By Day," "Light of The World," "Turn Back, O Man" and "By My Side".

All roles are available. Seeking diverse talent ages 10-21

***In the script, other than the characters of Jesus and John the Baptist, the characters are called by the first names of the original cast members. In any given production, each actor will bring his or her own personality traits to the character, but it is helpful for the director to look for certain outstanding personality characteristics when casting each role.

In addition to each individual being able to stand out, it is important that all be able to function as an ensemble. Other important traits are comic ability and skill at improvisation.

Anna Maria – A bit of a tomboy, but open and sweet. Perhaps the youngest of the group. She is the first of the group to commit to following Jesus in the song "Day by Day."

Celisse – The female class clown. Goofy and a cut-up. In the 2012 Broadway revival, she played several instruments, including conga, ukulele and guitar. Sings: Learn Your Lessons Well.

George – The comedian, the class clown. Character plus: animated voices and imitations. Sings: Light of The World.

Jesus – 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.

John the Baptist/Judas – He has attributes of both Biblical figures: He is both Jesus' 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. Usually played by someone handsome and masculine. 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.

Lindsay – The confident one, the show-off. The first one to volunteer, sometimes she jumps in before she really understands what's going on. Sings: Bless the Lord.

Morgan – Sassy, attractive and slightly cynical, the most urban of the group. Sings: Turn Back, O Man.

Nick – Very high energy. Impish and playful. In the original, he played several musical instruments, including concertina, recorder and guitar. Sings: We Beseech Thee.

Telly – Not the brightest in the bunch, he is a little slow on the uptake. But there is a great sweetness and innocence about him. Because he sings "All Good Gifts" he must be a very good singer.

Uzo – 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. Sings: By My Side.

Ensemble (At least 15 roles available): Singers, Dancers and Improvisational skills - various ages and personalities.

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