Godspell - Original Version
(2012 Revival Version is unavailable)
Ages 14 - 18*
*Campers may be 19 if they have just graduated high school in the spring of 2021.
Camp Dates: July 11-16 and 18-22 at CYT KC Studios. Times are as follows:
July 11 2-10 pm
July 12-16 and July 19-22 5-10 pm
July 23 Final Dress/Tech Rehearsals at MNU 9 am - 6 pm
July 23 & 24 Performances at MNU 7 pm, 2 pm and 7 pm
Auditions: Video submissions accepted May 26-June 3 at noon at firstname.lastname@example.org
Callbacks: June 5th at the CYT Studios from 1-6 pm at the CYT Studios (6800 W. 153rd St. Suite A). Callbacks will be limited to groups of 10 or fewer. There will also be a list of health guidelines to follow during callbacks.
One parent (or adult family representative) of each camper is required to volunteer as part of a Production Team.
We will hold auditions for those who would like an opportunity for a role, solo, or featured dancer; however, you do NOT need to audition in order to participate in this camp. Students who choose not to audition will be placed in the ensemble. Auditions will occur via video and submissions will be accepted from May 26 through June 3 at noon. Videos should be sent to email@example.com. Students who choose to audition will need to submit the following:
A video containing a performance of a one-minute cut of an audition song of the student’s choice.
A performance of one of the selected Godspell audition monologues found HERE.
A video containing a performance of the dance audition. There are 2 levels for the dance audition. The dance auditions will be learned at home via videos. If you do not have a lot of dance experience you will want to learn the Beginning Level dance found HERE. If you have dance experience, please learn the Advanced Level dance found HERE. If you would like to be considered for a specialty dancer role, please learn the technique part at the end of the advanced dance. When recording yourself please make sure we can see your entire body during the dance. Students will be asked to study the video for their respective camp and then tape themselves doing the routine.
Instructions for uploading audition videos to YouTube found HERE.
The link to the YouTube video will be shared with CYTKC by emailing the links to firstname.lastname@example.org
A completed audition form. Godspell audition form is available HERE.
John-Michael Tebelak originally conceived of Godspell as his Master's Thesis project at Carnegie-Mellon University in 1970 when he was only 22 years old. Stephen Schwartz, who had just written Pippin at his college, joined Tebelak to write the music for Godspell. 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. Led by the international hit, "Day by Day," Godspell is based on The Gospel of Matthew and features a parade of beloved songs, including "Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord," "Learn Your Lessons Well," "All for the Best," "All Good Gifts," "Turn Back, O Man" and "By My Side."
Here is an excerpt from an interview with Tebelak in Dramatics Magazine, January 1975: “‘Gospel” is translated to mean ‘Good News.’ I turned toward the Gospels and sat one afternoon and read the whole thing through. Afterwards, I became terribly excited because I found what I wanted to portray on stage: Joy! I found a great joy, a simplicity—some rather comforting words in the Gospel itself—in these four books. I wanted to make it the simple, joyful message that I felt the first time I read them and recreate the sense of community.”
Roles: 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. Vocal range: G5-A3.
John The Baptist** - he preached about God's Final Judgment and baptized repentant followers in preparation for it. Jesus was among the recipients of his rite of baptism. Vocal range: G5-A3.
Judas** - Like Jesus, he is also charismatic, but in an overt revolutionary way. Judas is the disciple who doubts Jesus and begins to question and rebel against Him. In the end, he betrays Jesus. Vocal range: G5-A3.
**These two roles are traditionally played by one actor.
Disciples/Ensemble - the cast changes from philosophers to "believers" before our eyes. The disciples are the audience's surrogates, their representatives, and the audience must be able to see themselves in the situation onstage. The Disciples/Ensemble consists of soloists, featured actors, and others. Some of the featured disciples’ names (see below) are from the original production of Godspell:
Lamar - Tenor, High A Jeffrey - Tenor, High D (falsetto) Herb - Baritone, E (does not sing any real solo, but should be able to carry baritone harmonies) Robin - Alto Peggy - Alto Sonia - Low Alto (D below middle C) Gilmer - Mezzo Joanne - Soprano (High A in "Bless the Lord,” High C in "We Beseech Thee")
Gina began ballet at age 9 in her hometown of Columbia, Missouri. Her teacher, Halcyon Perlman, inspired Gina to love the discipline of ballet and the craft of theatre throughout her years in high school. Gina received her BFA in Theatre at Texas Christian University in 1980 (go Frogs!) and an Associate of Arts from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, California. She got her Equity Card while performing as Chava at Dallas Summer Musicals in “Fiddler on the Roof” with Herschel Bernardi. When Gina moved back to Kansas City, she choreographed “Pippin” at Shawnee Mission Theatre in the Park. It is then that God brought Kevin Milbourn into her life (Kevin portrayed Lewis in the show). After Kevin and Gina married, they had four beautiful and talented children - Andrew, Kelsey, Delaney and Mackenna. In 2001, God called Gina to serve as Artistic Director of CYT Kansas City. All of the Milbourn children developed their love for theatre at CYT, and all four of them graduated with BFA’s in Theatre from TCU (go Frogs!) and all of them have careers in theatre! Gina is so grateful for God’s guidance and provision throughout her life!
Patrick Graham is a teacher, classically trained baritone, lifelong musical theater nerd, and occasional Ethel Merman impersonator. He did his first CYT show in 2005 (Prince John in Robin Hood...the FIRST EVER CYT KC East show) and has been involved with CYTKC ever since. As a singer and performer, he has been praised for his “vocal strength” and “beautiful tone.” Patrick has sung with the Ad Astra Music Festival, Seagle Music Colony, Eastman Opera Theater, Eastman Collegium Musicum (under the direction of Grammy award winning lutenist Paul O’Dette), the Rochester Fringe Festival, and the University of Missouri Opera. His operatic and theatrical credits range from 18th century French Baroque opera to 21st century new opera to classics of the American Musical Theater canon. His solo concert work includes Bach’s St. John Passion, Haydn’s The Seasons, Liszt’s Missa Solemnis, and a whole plethora of Bach Cantatas. In 2019, he was awarded the Una Creditor Encouragement Award at the Kansas City District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and in 2016 he won his division of the NATS National Student Auditions. Patrick recently completed his Masters Degree in Voice Performance & Literature from The Eastman School of Music and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Voice Performance from the University of Missouri (GO TIGERS).
April has been dancing since she was in preschool. She received a BS in Math and a minor in Dance from Missouri State University. While attending Missouri State, she was a member of the Sugar Bears Dance Team. As a Sugar Bear, she danced in Spain, at the Macy's 2001 Thanksgiving D ay Parade, and the National Dance Competition at Walt Disney World which aired on ESPN. April has also performed in Las Vegas, 1996 Summer Olympics, and Theater in the Park's Singin' in the Rain. She has choreographed shows for CYT as well as high school musicals and dance teams. April choreographed Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Seussical, The Musical for TTIP and won the Demi Award for Best Choreography for the 2009 season. She became a certified Jazzercise Instructor in the spring of 2014 and enjoys motivating people to achieve their fitness goals. This fall she will being teaching Musical Theater Dance at MidAmerica Nazarene University. April has been married to Brett since 2003. They have 3 children: Jeremiah, Kathleen, and Matthias. She is blessed to be teaching at CYT sharing her love of dance for the Lord!
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