GODSPELL  Show Information and Character Descriptions

 

Performances: August 4-7 at the Strand Theatre and August 11-14 at Essex Theatre Company

Rehearsals: Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (subject to change) starting in June

 

Show Description Godspell

The show features a comedic troupe of eccentric players who team up with Jesus to teach his lessons in a new age through parables, games, and tomfoolery. Godspell also features the international hit, “Day by Day”, as well as an eclectic blend of songs ranging from pop to vaudeville, as Jesus’ life is played out onstage. Even after the haunting crucifixion, Jesus’ message of kindness, tolerance and love lives vibrantly on. Godspell was the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden); and it took the world by storm. 

Roles Available

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. He is the most "serious" and intellectual of the group, but still possess a good sense of physical comedy.

Nick Very high energy. Impish and playful. In the original, he played several musical instruments, including concertina, recorder and guitar.

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. He sings "All Good Gifts".

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. Perhaps the youngest of the group. 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. Also the "sexy" one, but her sexiness contains a large element of put-on, in the

manner of Mae Westor Madonna.

Celisse

The female equivalent of the class clown. Goofy and a cut-up. In the 2012 Broadway revival, she played several instruments, including conga, ukulele and guitar.