“Godspell 2012” (new version)

An Ocoee Theatre Production



Ocoee Theatre Company will hold open auditions to cast  the musical “Godspell 2012,” a modern retelling of the original sensation “Godspell,” injected with contemporary pop culture and dazzling new arrangements of Stephen Schwartz’s classic score.

Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew, and told through parables and song, a small group of people help Jesus bring together a community by using a wide variety of games, improvisation, and a hefty dose of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs ranging in style from pop to vaudeville is employed as the story unfolds, telling a timeless tale that spans countless generations.

The show contains an ensemble of ten characters with lots of flexibility on casting.

Auditions will be held at Cleveland Middle School starting at 6:30 PM on April 8 (Mon) and 9 (Tues).  Please prepare to sing 30-45 seconds of a song of your choice. A sound system will be available so that you may plug in your device and sing with a karaoke track (actor must supply track).

Headshots and resumes are not necessary and audition forms will be provided onsite. Please come with a list of potential conflicts through the middle of June. We must know these dates in advance of casting to accommodate them.

Callbacks are scheduled for Wednesday, April 10th at 6:30 PM. Please prepared to attend if needed!

Enthusiasm and the desire to be a part of local theatre is more important than overall experience, according to Ocoee Theatre officials. A non-profit organization, Ocoee Theatre is dedicated to developing local community theatre in all aspects, and many volunteer opportunities are available behind the scenes as well as onstage.



Emma Witz


Ruth James Bowles


Cleveland Middle School
Georgetown Road
Cleveland, TN

APRIL 8 (Mon) & 9 (Tues)@ 6:30 


Plan on three times a week and more times closer to opening night. Generally, the rehearsals are in the evenings during the week. After casting and consideration of everyone’s needs, the director will set a schedule according to the rehearsal needs. (Please raise any prior commitments or needs with the Director at auditions.) 


The play calls for a strong talented cast. We’re looking for both female and male members who can act, or sing, or act and sing! Do not shy away! Everyone is welcome to audition. 

Please see the list of characters below.


Anna Maria (Alto):
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.”

Celisse (Mezzo-Soprano):
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. She sings “Learn Your Lessons Well.”

George (Tenor):

The comedian, the class clown. The guy who can do a hundred voices and imitations. He sings “Light of the World.”

Jesus, (Tenor):
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 , (Baritone):
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. Usually played by someone handsome and masculine, with an undertone of sexuality. He is the most “serious” and intellectual of the group, though as with all the actors, he must still possess a good sense of physical comedy. He sings “Prepare Ye,” “All For the Best,” and “On the Willows.”

Morgan, (Alto):
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 West or Madonna. She sings “Turn Back, O Man.”

Uzo, (Alto):
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. She sings “By My Side.”

Nick, (Tenor):
Very high energy. Impish and playful. In the original, he played several musical instruments, including concertina, recorder and guitar. He sings “We Beseech Thee.”Telly (Tenor): Not the brightest in the bunch, he is a little slow on the uptake. But there is a great sweetness and innocence about him. Because he sings “All Good Gifts” he must be a very good singer.

Lindsay, (Soprano):
The confident one, the show-off. The first one to volunteer, sometimes she jumps in before she really understands what’s going on. She sings “Bless the Lord.”

Ocoee Theatre Company

P.O. Box 222
Cleveland TN 37364

(423) 472-8896

Ocoee Theatre Company

P.O. Box 222
Cleveland TN 37364

(423) 472-8896