JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lyrics by Tim Rice
Directed by Matt Hawkins
It seems especially fitting that the first rock opera, created as a concept album at the end of the turbulent '60s, should have at its center a social and political rebel. Jesus' meteor-like rise in renown provides, as the title suggests, a parallel to contemporary celebrity worship. As his radical teachings are evermore embraced, Judas increasingly questions the enlightened motives of this new prophet, resulting in betrayal. Christ's final days are dramatized with emotional intensity, thought-provoking edge, and explosive theatricality. Propelled by a stirring score, by turns driving and majestic, satirical and tender, Jesus Christ Superstar illuminates the transcendent power of the human spirit with a passion that goes straight to the heart.
Please prepare 16- 32 bars ONLY of a song of your choice in the style of the show. For some ideas on what songs to choose please visit - https://www.theatretrip.com/audition-songs-for-jesus-christ-superstar/
We will be doing auditions via video submission. Please record and upload your music selections to youtube. Below you will find our audition form. Please download and fill it out. Once you have all your pieces together, please send your youtube links and completed form to - firstname.lastname@example.org
Since we are in flux with Covid19, we are looking for self-motivated actors who will work at home, with the help of our Music Director, to perfect their pieces prior to rehearsals starting. Sight-reading and musicianship skills a plus, but we will work with ppl to help. There will also be a core dance group included in the ensemble.
SHOW DATES - tentatively Sept 25, 26, 27 October 2, 3, 4
Character Descriptions - All ages listed are to be considered “stage age” and not indicative of performers' actual age. Please note- some roles will be cast gender-blind, however, no character names or pronouns in the show will be changed.
Judas (Female/Male) – 20 - 45
Jesus’ strategic confidante; dedicated, passionate, conflicted, unshakably practical; torn between an aggressive sense of self-preservation and the ideals of Jesus’ religious movement; must be comfortable with physical interaction.
Jesus (Male) – 20 - 45
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; must be comfortable with physical interaction.
Mary Magdalene (Female) – 18 - 30
Struggles with aligning her worldly past with Jesus’ message; hopeful, steadfast, fragile, sweet with an edge. Must be comfortable with physical interaction.
Pontius Pilate (Female/Male) – 30-40
Roman Governor; calculated, thoughtful, adept at handling pressure, not quick to use the gravity of his power; Rock Baritenor.
Caiphas (Male) – 30-50
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
Annas (Male/Female) – 20-40
One of the main antagonists of the show. A fellow priest at the side of Caiaphas who is persuaded by Caiaphas into seeing Jesus as a threat. Annas can seem more conniving than Caiaphas. This role requires an actor that can show Disgust, Displeasure, and Loathing resistant to conceding his place; cold, severe, strategic.
Simon (Male/Female) – 20-40
A particularly enthusiastic supporter of the anarchist aspect of Jesus’ mission; reckless, extreme, ready for an uprising; Rock Tenor
Peter (Male/Female) – 20-40
One of Jesus’s twelve apostles; denies Jesus three times upon the night of Jesus’s arrest to save himself. Peter has an obsession with impatience. This role requires an actor that can show Tenacity, Worry, Impatience, and Regret. Baritone
Herod (Male) – 30-50
King of Galilee responsible for determining the fate of its Jewish captives; corrupt, condescending, decadent, charming with a sneer; Baritenor
Disciples, Priests, Ensemble - open to all ages
Must be singers who are at home in pop/rock stylings
“Gethsemane” Sing from “Then I was inspired” through to the musical interlude after “See how I die”
“Heaven on Their Minds” whole song.
“I Don’t Know How to Love Him” from “I don’t know how to take this” through first “What’s it all about”
“Simon Zealotes” from “There must be over 50 thousand” to “Ever and ever”
“Could We Start Again Please” from “I think you’ve made your point now” to end. Also sing “Peter’s Denial” from beginning to “and yet you denied”.
"Pilate’s Dream" from “And next the room was filled” to end. Also “Trial Before Pilate” from “Don’t let me stop your great self-destruction” to end. If this is out of your range don’t scream it- figure out an alternative.
“King Herod’s Song” from “I only ask things I’d ask any superstar” to end. Herod should really start to lose his cool at the end.
This Jesus Must Die from “Look Caiaphas, There right inside our yard to “For the sake of the nation this Jesus must die”
Annas: Please pick either Jesus or Judas selection
ENSEMBLE MALE/FEMALE - Pick from one of the selections above.
JCS Audition form