Description:

Godspell

What is Godspell about?  Is Godspell a “Christian” show?  

Godspell is a musical and like all musicals, it requires a certain suspension of disbelief.  Secondly, CYT’s production of Godspell will be nothing like the 1973 motion picture.  If your perception of Godspell is based on the film, then read on!  

The stage version of Godspell (which means “Good Message”) is a display of parables accompanied by high-energy, pop-rock songs. The content of the script comes largely from the Gospel of Matthew.  Interestingly, the show’s structure is like a liturgy with readings and lessons alternating with songs and psalms.  

The purpose of Godspell is to use a modern setting and familiar situations to help the audience (and the cast) connect with the material.  Godspell is not a passion play. It is not historically accurate.  Although the parables come directly out of the Bible, it is not a literal or complete representation of the gospel.  It is fictional.  Like all musicals, it requires a certain suspension of disbelief.  

In addition to a variety of games, storytelling techniques and a hefty dose of comedic timing, Godspell presents an eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, including  "Day by Day," "Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord," "Learn Your Lessons Well," "All for the Best," "All Good Gifts,"  and "By My Side."


Director: Wendy Hoover
Musical Director: Jenny Guemmer
Choreographer: Austin Nunn
Stage Manager: Kaytlin McIntosh

Dates / Times:

Tickets go on sale Saturday March 13, 2021 at 12:00am

Ticket Prices:

*All tickets sales are final. No refunds or exchanges* *Discounts/coupons must be used at time of purchase and cannot be added to already purchased tickets. *Ticket holders can sell tickets, but for no more than originally paid. Ticket holders can trade tickets with other ticket holders. If tickets are sold or traded, please transfer the PDF or paper copy of the ticket. If any dispute arises over seats at a show, or somehow duplicate tickets are presented for the same seat, CYT will consider only the original purchaser of the tickets in the CYT database to be the owner of the seats.

Valley Springs Church - Stage:

2401 Olympus Drive, Roseville, CA 95661


Show Notes:

  • CYT students ages 13-19 who are currently enrolled in a class may audition for this show. 
  • An online audition form will be emailed to all students enrolled in a CYT class that selected to participate in auditions. The form will require a bio photo upload, music track upload, and costume measurements in addition to other information. 
  • All auditioning must attend a Vocal Audition and Dance Audition (these are held on 2 separate days).
  • Some who audition may also be requested to attend a Callback (on the same day as the Dance Audition). 

VOCAL AUDITIONS: Held on Thursday, Feb. 25 starting at 4:30 at Valley Springs Church, 2401 Olympus Drive, Roseville. Please choose a track with no accompanying vocals (such as a karaoke track). Audition music should be no more than 1 minute. Auditions should be to music (not acapella). You will be able to upload your music to the audition form. It's best if you have a YouTube link or an actual song file rather than getting a song through iTunes, Spotify or Amazon. We cannot open files through these services. You may also have a friend or family member who plays piano or guitar accompany you. There will be a piano available at auditions. The director needs to see how well the student can stay with the music, both in tune and in rhythm.

DANCE AUDITIONSHeld on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 9:00am at Valley Springs Church, 2401 Olympus Drive, Roseville. All students who audition must attend the dance audition. Students will be taught a dance(s) from the show, and then be asked to perform it for the directors. Parents are welcome to stay and watch the dance audition. Approximate end time is 11:00 am.

CALLBACKS: Held on Saturday, Feb. 27 immediately following the Dance Audition. CYT callbacks are closed to everyone except the show directors. The directors will call back certain students to sing again, read a scene, dance some more or any combination of these. They will often ask pairs or groups of students to read scenes to see how different combinations of sizes and personalities work together. 
Just because a student is not "called back" does not mean that they will not be cast in the show.

NOTES
  • Students who audition are NOT eligible for a class tuition refund regardless of casting. 
  • All students cast in the show will be charged a production fee of $175.
  • Families are required to volunteer 20+ hours on a show team. 

For additional show information, check out the Audition Tips and Show FAQ sections on the Auditions Page.

Rehearsal Dates: Mondays 4pm-8pm & Saturdays 9am-12pm, Valley Springs Church, 2401 Olympus Drive, Roseville
3/1, 3/6, 3/8, 3/13, 3/15, 3/20, 3/22, 3/27, 4/5, 4/10, 4/12, 4/17, 4/19 (Spring Break 3/29 & 4/3 - No Rehearsal)

Mandatory Rehearsal Dates: 
Super Saturday 9am-3pm - 4/24
Tech Week 4pm-9pm - Sun. 4/25, Tues. 4/27, Wed. 4/28 Thurs. 4/29 (Tech Rehearsal Rest on Mon. 4/26 - No Rehearsal)

Mandatory Show Dates: 
4/30 @ 7pm
5/1 @ 2pm & 7pm
5/7 @ 7pm
5/8 @ 2pm & 7pm


Live Cast Announcement Sunday, Feb. 28 at 4:30pm online. Meeting link will be emailed to auditioning families.  

Questions? Contact the Show Coordinator, Rhianna Rowe, at rhianna@cytsacramento.org.


Characters:

Jesus

Charismatic and high energy, yet gentle and loving. He is the deceptively calm leader of the troupe. He is eventually betrayed by Judas and persecuted.

John The Baptist / Judas

He possesses the attributes of two Biblical figures: he is both Jesus' lieutenant and most ardent disciple, and also the doubter who begins to question and rebel. Like Jesus, he is also charismatic, but in an overt revolutionary way.

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. Because he sings "All Good Gifts," he must be a good singer.

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 in the song "Day by Day."

Lindsay

The confident one, the show-off. The first one to volunteer, sometimes she jumps in before she really understands what's 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.