Jesus Christ Superstar Auditions

Downtown Cabaret Theatre Main Stage Theatre (Eli Newsom, Producing Artistic Director; Hugh Hallinan, Executive Producer) is holding an open call audition for the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar on November 27 & 28, 2017. Director/Choreographer: Lance Gray; Musical Director: Eli Newsom. The show runs March 16-April 8, 2018 at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre, 263 Golden Hill St., Bridgeport, CT.

AUDITION INFO:

Seeking a cast of singers/dancers/actors ages for lead and ensemble roles; all roles open, non-equity, no pay. See below for character breakdown.We will also be casting a small Children’s Chorus to be featured in a few numbers. See below for information.

WHEN:

Two open-call auditions will take place:

Performers ages 16 and up:
Mon November 27 6:30pm-9pm (sign-in begins 6pm, sign-in ends 8pm)
Tues November 28 6:30pm-9pm (sign-in begins 6pm, sign-in ends 8pm)

Performers ages 15 and under:
Mon November 27 5:30-6:30pm (sign-in begins 5pm, sign-in ends 6pm)
Tues November 28 5:30-6:30pm (sign-in begins 5pm, sign-in ends 6pm)

Actors will be seen in order of arrival, with the exception of the actors who have secured appointments (scroll down below for info on how to reserve a timeslot).  For those unable to attend auditions, in some cases the director may consider video submissions.  Please email christy@mycabaret.org for info.

Actors who auditioned at Season General Auditions:  
If you auditioned at season general auditions in June 2017, and are requested by the director for callbacks, you will be contacted by November 10. If you have not been contacted you are welcome to re-audition.

WHERE:

Downtown Cabaret Theatre
263 Golden Hill St.
Bridgeport CT 06604

WHAT TO PREPARE:

All actors should bring a current headshot (or recent photo) and 1 page acting resume or list of theater/performing experience.
Please prepare a short selection (no longer than 1 minute). Singing from the show is ok. If you choose not to sing from the show, please prepare something in the style of the show (rock opera) or similarly themed. Bring sheet music with your cut marked (we will also have a copy of the score available, please have your start and stop points chosen). A capella singing is highly discouraged.  

CALLBACKS:
Callbacks will take place on Wed Nov 29 beginning at 6:30pm.  There will be a movement call at callbacks and more singing and/or reading from the script.

REHEARSAL/PERFORMANCE INFO:
The general rehearsal schedule for Main Stage Theatre productions are Mon-Thurs from 6:30pm-10pm and for most productions, Sunday evenings 5-9pm or some afternoons (or another weekend day TBA, based on cast and directors’ schedules). During tech week, the hours typically extend. Rehearsals typically begin on or around 5-6 weeks before opening.
The performance schedule for JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is as follows: The show runs March 16-April 8, 2018. Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 5pm and 8:15pm, and Sundays at 6pm. The first rehearsal will be on or around Feb 12, 2018.

APPOINTMENTS:   
For convenience, we are offering limited appointment time slots. Appointments are not necessary, however they are recommended. Visit www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0E49A9A822A2FF2-open10  to access the audition sign-up form. Please make a note of your appointment time and date as you may not receive a reminder. Audition slots are limited, first-come, first-served. Actors without appointments will be seen as time allows between appointment slots. Those without appointments should allow for 1-2 hours of wait time.

ABOUT THE SHOW:
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1970 rock opera follows Christ’s final days, dramatized with emotional intensity, thought-provoking edge, and explosive theatricality. Jesus Christ’s meteor-like rise provides a parallel to contemporary celebrity worship, and as his radical teachings are evermore embraced, Judas increasingly questions the enlightened motives of this new prophet, resulting in betrayal. Propelled by a stirring score, by turns driving and majestic, satirical and tender, this rock opera illuminates the transcendent power of the human spirit.

JC SUPERSTAR — CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

JUDAS:
Male 20s-30s. Jesus’ strategic confidante, dedicated, passionate, conflicted, unshakably practical, torn between an aggressive sense of self-preservation and the ideals of Jesus’ religious movement; rock tenor-low D to high E. Any ethnicity

JESUS:
Male 20s-30s. As much a pop culture idol as a religious leader, driven, charismatic, attractive, sincere, has a greater understanding of the dangers and matters at hand than any of his followers; rock tenor-low Bb to high E. Any ethnicity

MARY MAGDALENE:
Female 20s-30s. Struggles with aligning her worldly past with Jesus’ message, hopeful, steadfast, fragile, sweet with an edge; folk mezzo-low G# to B. Any ethnicity

PONTIUS PILATE:
Male 30s-40s. Roman Governor, calculated, thoughtful, adept at handling pressure, not quick to use the gravity of his power; rock baritenor-low A to Bb. Any ethnicity.

CAIPHAS:
Male 30s-50s. High Priest of the Pharisees, at the top of a crumbling system and violently resistant to conceding his place, cold, severe, strategic; bass-low C to middle F. Any ethnicity

ANNAS:
Male 20s-40s. The right hand man to Caiphas. Calculating and slithering. High rock tenor. Any ethnicity

SIMON:
Male 20s-30s. Particularly enthusiastic supporter of the anarchist aspect of Jesus’ mission, reckless, extreme, ready for an uprising; rock tenor. Any ethnicity.

KING HEROD:
Male 30s-50s. King of Galilee responsible for determining the fate of its Jewish captives, corrupt, condescending, decadent, charming with a sneer; baritenor-low B to high B. Any ethnicity.

PETER:
Male late teens-20s. A loyal follower of Jesus. Innocent and soft-spoken. Any ethnicity.

ENSEMBLE:
Male/Female 20s-40s Must be singers who are at home in pop/rock stylings, must move very well. Any ethnicity.

CHILDREN’S ENSEMBLE:
Male/female ages 7-15. Strong singers and actors to be featured in a few numbers. Roles will be double cast. Children will not be called to rehearsal every day until tech week, and will be released from rehearsal by 8:30pm until the week before tech week.

 

QUESTIONS?

christy@mycabaret.org

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Downtown Cabaret Theatre (DCT) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization currently in its 42nd season. For more info about DCT or their 2017/18 season visit www.MyCabaret.org.