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Friday, May 30, 2014

Auditions: ‘Godspell’ for Playwrights Theatre in Madison

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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 6:30pm 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.

About Playwrights Theatre:

Founded in 1986, Playwrights Theatre is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit professional theatre and arts education institution dedicated to developing and nurturing the dramatic imagination of artists, students, and audiences. Our New Play Program creates development opportunities for professional writers through readings, workshops and productions, and invites audiences to participate in authentic feedback experiences. Our New Jersey Writers Project, Poetry Out Loud, New Jersey Young Playwrights Contest and Festival, and Creative Arts Academy programs provide a comprehensive and hands-on arts education experience to over 31,000 students, Pre-K through adult.

Writers in the New Play Program are drawn from across the country, including our affiliation with the National New Play Network, a nation-wide group of theatres dedicated to the development and production of new work. Teaching Artists in our Education Programs are professional artists working in their field in the New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia metropolitan areas. From 2003-2013, we have been designated a Major Arts Institution by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (along with only four other theatres: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, George Street Playhouse, McCarter Theatre Center and Paper Mill Playhouse) as “an anchor institution that contributes vitally to the quality of life in New Jersey.”

Funding for our activities comes from: the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the F.M. Kirby Foundation, Inc., Dramatist Guild Fund, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, The Shubert Foundation, Travelers, The Victoria Foundation, and many corporations, foundations and individuals.

Playwrights Theatre is a member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, the National New Play Network, and Madison Arts & Culture Alliance.

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