Godspell

Ages 14-18*
Camp Dates: July 11 from 2 to 10 p.m. at the CYT Studios, July 12-16 and 19-22  from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the CYT KC Studios & July 23 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at MidAmerica Nazarene University
Performances: July 23 at 7 p.m. and July 24 at 2 & 7 p.m. at MidAmerica Nazarene University
Auditions: Videos due by noon on June 3 to auditions@cytkc.org
Callbacks: June 5 from 1 to 6 p.m. at the CYT Studios
Read Through & Costume Parade: June 27 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the CYT Studios
*Campers may be 19 if they have just graduated high school in the spring of 2021.

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.”

One parent (or adult family representative) of each camper is required to volunteer as part of a Production Team.

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Auditions:

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 26th through June 3rd at noon. Videos should be sent to auditions@cytkc.org.

Students who choose to audition will need to submit the following:
  1. Sign up for auditions through your CYT account.
  2. A video containing a performance of a one-minute cut of an audition song of the student’s choice.
  3.  A performance of one of the selected Godspell audition monologues. Audition monologues found here
  4. 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. The dance auditions will be learned at home via videos. 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. 
  5. A completed audition form. Godspell audition form found here
Links to each YouTube video will be shared with CYT KC by emailing the links to auditions@cytkc.org
Instructions for uploading audition videos to YouTube found here.

Callbacks will occur from 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 5th at the CYT Studios. Those students invited to callbacks will receive more information.

Character Breakdown:

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.

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")
*These two roles are traditionally played by one actor.

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Annie Kids (6/28 - 7/2) 7-13 CYT-KC CYTKC Studios Jun 28 Jul 02
Annie Kids (7/26 - 7/30) 7-13 CYT-KC CYTKC Studios Jul 26 Jul 30
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High School Musical Theatre Camp ---- Godspell 14-18 Master Class CYTKC Studios Jul 11 Jul 23
Jungle Book Kids (6/21 - 6/25) 7-13 CYT-KC CYTKC Studios Jun 21 Jun 25
Jungle Book Kids (7/12 - 7/16) 7-13 CYT-KC CYTKC Studios Jul 12 Jul 16
Jungle Book Kids (8/2 - 8/6) 7-13 CYT-KC CYTKC Studios Aug 02 Aug 06
Middle School Musical Theatre Camp - Shrek the Musical, JR 11-14 Master Class CYTKC Studios Jun 14 Jun 25
XTREME - A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far Far Away (6/7 - 6/11) 10-16 CYT-KC CYTKC Studios Jun 07 Jun 11
XTREME - The Dark Knight and the Shadows (7/19 - 7/23) 10-16 CYT-KC CYTKC Studios Jul 19 Jul 23