Spring Show

Spring 2018

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Our Spring Production will be “GODSPELL
A musical based upon the Gospel according to St. Matthew
Music by Stephen Schwartz, Book by John-Michael Tebelak
Presented through special arrangement with Theatre Maximus
Director: CherylAnn Welch
Producers: CherylAnn Welch and Marcus Hatch

We are seeking a diverse cast, ages 18 – 35:

Character Vocal Range Description
Jesus Tenor or high baritone G# top note 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 Baritone Eb top solo note, should have an E for harmonies 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, 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.
Jeffrey Tenor – falsetto high D above staff Very high energy. Impish and playful. In the original, he played several musical instruments, including concertina and recorder.
Lamar 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. Because he sings “All Good Gifts,” he must be a very good singer.
Herb Baritone, should have an E for harmonies The comedian, the class clown. The guy who can do a hundred voices and imitations. This is the male role that sings the least, so we are looking for a comedian rather than a vocalist.
Robin Alto or Mezzo A bit of a tomboy, but basically open and sweet. She is the first of the group to commit to following Jesus in the song “Day by Day.”
Joanne Soprano – high A in “Bless the Lord” high C “violin” note in “We Beseech Thee” The confident one, the show-off. The first to volunteer, sometimes jumps in before she really understands what’s going on.
Peggy Alto The shy one. Sometimes a little slow to get things, but when she does, she commits all the way. Has an “earth mother” warmth to her.
Sonia Alto – low D below the staff 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, who in fact once played this role.
Gilmer Mezzo The female equivalent of the class clown. Goofy and a cut-up. This is the female role that sings least, so we are looking for a strong comedienne.
Ensemble TBD 5 members of the ensemble who also sing and dance.
Auditions

Auditions will be held at:
Payson Park Church Directions to Payson Park Church
365 Belmont Street
Belmont, MA

Day Date Time
Wednesday December 6, 2017 7pm to 10pm
Thursday December 7 7pm to 10pm

Audition notes:

  • Please bring a headshot if you have one, a resume, and a list of any conflict dates between February 7 and April 22.
  • Those auditioning are asked to prepare their own song, not from this show, with no more than 32 bars.
  • There will also be a cold reading from the script as well as a short dance audition.
  • An accompanist will be provided.
  • If possible, please be available to stay the entire evening.
  • There are no perusal copies of the script at the library (that we know of), but the CD of the music is widely available, including this 1990 recording of the original off-Broadway cast: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000002VDC

Rehearsals will be held Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays (except holidays) at the Payson Park Church beginning February 7, 2018.

The Belmont Dramatic Club is a non-profit, volunteer-run community theatre. Auditions are open to everyone, no appointments or reservations are required to audition. Actors are not paid to appear in our shows.

For more information, please call (617) 571-8865 or email info@BelmontDramaticClub.org.

Performances

Four performances will be held at:
Payson Park Church Directions to Payson Park Church
365 Belmont Street
Belmont, MA

Day Date Time
Saturday April 14, 2018 8-10pm
Sunday April 15 4-6pm
Saturday April 21 8-10pm
Sunday April 22 4-6pm

Reservations & Tickets:

  • Each current BDC Member (whose dues are paid for the 2017/2018 Season) is entitled to TWO free tickets per production.
  • $20 per person for General Admission.