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Auditions: 'Godspell' for Playwrights Theatre (Madison residents only)

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The Madison Recreation Department and Playwrights Theatre will hold auditions for GODSPELL conceived and originally directed by John-Michael Tebelak, music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, originally produced on the New York Stage by Edgar Lansbury, Stuart Duncan and Josepth Beruh on June 4 and June 5 at 6:30 pm in the administrative offices of Playwrights Theatre, Madison Civic Center, 28 Walnut Street, Madison, NJ.

Auditions are open to all Madison residents between the ages of 14-21. Interested performers should be prepared to sing a portion of a pop/folk/rock style song of their choice. In addition, the acting portion of the audition will include improvisation.

Rehearsals will be in the evenings 6-9:30pm, beginning the week of June 16, and the young performers will be joined by some special guest performers/teaching artists so they will have more opportunities to work and learn alongside professional artists! Musicians will also be needed for the band and anyone interested in auditioning for the musical director position should contact Playwrights Theatre.

Written by Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin), this long running musical (the original production ran over 2,100 performances, was revived 3 times, and a second revival in 2012) features pop, rock and folk style songs as well as lessons and skits. Schwartz has said the show was “never intended to be a “Sunday school lesson”. “Godspell, at its heart, is about the formation of a community out of disparate people coming together over very basic and simple philosophical concepts, such as “Always treat others as you would have them treat you”.

Artistic Director John Pietrowski said: “As in previous years, we will have professional actors and musicians donating their time to work alongside the students. Not only will the young artists have a great time working on an excellent and fun musical, they will have a powerful learning experience as well.”

Performances will be at Madison High School on July 24 and July 25, 2014, at 7:30pm and July 26, 2014, at 2:00pm.

For questions and additional information, contact the director, Danielle Constance at 973-514-1787 X13 or dconstance@ptnj.org.

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