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QPHS is holding auditions for Godspell on February 22nd & 23rd

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Prepare Ye! Auditions for the QPHS Spring Musical GODSPELL will be held February 22nd and 23rd at 7pm in the Teacher’s Lounge of QPHS with call backs on February 24th.  Auditions are open to all students, alumni, friends, and children 10+.

Godspell was the first major musical theater offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Aware winner, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden), and it took the world by storm.  Led by the international hit, “day by Day,” Godspell features a parade of beloved songs, including “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lords,” “Learn Your Lessons Well,” “All for the Best,” “All Good Gifts,” “Turn Back, O Man,” and “By My Side.”

Synopsis:

A small group of people help Jesus tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques and hefty doses of comic timing.  An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, is employed as the store of Jesus’ life dances across the stage.  Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus’ messages of kindness, tolerance and love come vibrantly to life.

Director Gus Ibranyi seeks ten individuals (five men and five women) with a good sense of physical comedy, comedic ability, and improvisation to fill out the cast.  Actors will be asked to prepare 16 bars of a song that shows off your range; songs from the show are acceptable.  Actors will also be asked to read from the script and learn a small dance combination.

Character Breakdown:

  • Jesus – Charismatic and high energy, yet gentle and loving.  He is the deceptively calm leader of the troupe and the store of person others instinctively follow.  He is eventually betrayed by Judas and persecuted.
  • Judas/John the Baptist – He has attributes of 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 a more overt revolutionary way.  He is the most “serious” and intellectual of the group.
  • Nick – Very high energy.  Impish and playful.
  • 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.
  • George – The comedian, the class clown.  The guy who can do a hundred voices and imitations.
  • Anna Maria – A bit of a tomboy, but basically open and sweet.  She is the first of the group to commit to following Jesus.
  • Lindsay – The confident one, the show-off.  The first one to volunteer, sometimes she jumps in before really understanding what is going on.
  • 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.
  • Morgan – Sassy and slightly cynical, the most urban of the group.
  • Celisse – The female equivalent of the class clown.  Goofy and a cut-up.

In addition to actors, the production team is also looking to fill the position of Stage Manager. If interested, please contact director Gus Ibranyi at (201) 563-0362 or via email at gusibranyi@gmail.com  Please also contact with any questions.

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