Godspell Audition Information

If you are registered for 2021's Masters Camp, congratulations - you are already cast in the show! These auditions will help us determine the best fit in the show for each camper.

Auditions for Godspell include two steps:
  • Record a singing audition video using the provided song selections below.
  • Fill out the Audition Form (includes student info, costume info, and parent committee info) and upload your singing audition video to the form.
Both parts of your audition (audition form and video) are due at midnight on Monday, May 10th. 

Audition Video
In your audition video, you will perform a short cut of one or two songs from Godspell. CharacterWorks has provided sheet music, guide vocal tracks, and accompaniment tracks for auditions below. Students should review the music selections from Godspell below and perform one or two song edits listed under their gender. Students must choose songs and their respective edits from this list - please do not choose a song from a musical other than Godspell, and please do not choose an edit other than the edits provided below. Record a video of yourself singing the song or songs with the provided accompaniment track playing in the background (all auditions must include the provided accompaniment tracks). If performing two selections, feel free to go straight from one song to the next, or edit together a single audition video from multiple videos - whatever works best for you. Only one video file is to be submitted, regardless of how many songs are being sung. We encourage you to memorize the music and lyrics as this will help your audition performance, but it isn't necessary.

Callbacks & Cast List
  • A callback list will be posted on the CharacterWorks home page (cworkstheater.org) by 11PM on Friday, May 14th.
  • Callbacks will be held on Sunday, May 16th from 3:00-9:00PM (not all students will be needed at callbacks). 
  • The cast list will be posted on the Godspell show page on Wednesday, May 19th at 5PM. Most or all roles in the show will be double-cast.

Questions about auditions? We're here to help! Email Jacob at jacob@cworkstheater.org.

Song Selections for Guys

Select one or two of the following:
  • All for the Best
  • All Good Gifts
  • We Beseech Thee

Song Selections for Girls

Select one or two of the following:
  • Day by Day
  • Learn Your Lessons Well
  • Bless the Lord

Godspell Song Direction

Godspell tells the story of Jesus' ministry to and teaching of His disciples and is largely based around parables from the book of Matthew. Other than Jesus, all actors play disciples, who are represented by characters with modern names in order to show the eternal and still-present significance of Jesus in today's life.

As a pop-influenced musical, Godspell provides lots of opportunities to loosely play with the melody of each song, so, for auditions, feel free to play with the melodies as desired or as needed.

All For the Best: This wordy, soft-shoe song segues from Jesus' teachings on the beatitudes - "Blessed are they who are persecuted for righteousness' sake for theirs in the kingdom of Heaven!" - however, in this cut, we see that Judas has a more cynical philosophy and material possessions than Jesus does. Clear diction and visualization of the things Judas sings about are the key.

All Good Gifts: In this lyrical ballad, Telly, a disciple, commits himself to following Jesus. Through his words, Telly encourages the others to dedicate their lives to Jesus' teachings as well. 

We Beseech Thee: After hearing the parable of the sheep and the goats, Nick, a disciple, leads the disciples in beseeching (pleading for something urgently and fervently) Jesus for forgiveness, healing, and freedom in this fun, upbeat song. This song provides fun opportunities to riff and play with the melody, if desired.

Day by Day: Anna Maria becomes the first to declare her loyalty to Jesus in this vow-like song. Because there aren't many words in this song, great meaning and understanding must be placed behind everything Anna Maria says. 

Learn Your Lessons Well: In this upbeat song, Celisse matter-of-factly explains to the other disciples and the audience the importance of meditating on Jesus' teachings, for "you never know when you're gonna need 'em." Clear diction and a strong desire for others to hear this important lesson drive this song.

Bless the Lord: Through this song, Lindsay celebrates Jesus' mercies, grace, and many other wonderful qualities. This is a song of joy and praise and should be portrayed with unabashed enthusiasm and a big smile. This song provides fun opportunities to riff and play with the melody, if desired, especially in the second half of the cut.

Audition Video Tips

  • Introduce yourself at the beginning of your video. Say hi, tell us your name, and tell us what song you are singing. This is called your "slate" and is a way for the audition panel to see who you really are and what your personality is like. Say "Thank you!" at the end of your audition.
  • Make sure you have good lighting. Don't perform in front of a bright exterior window. Lighting should highlight you and your face.
  • Line the lens of your camera up to be level with your eyes. Don't film from above or below.
  • Dress up for your audition and present your best self.
  • Stand up for your audition, if possible. Don't perform seated or laying down. Standing helps energize your performance.
  • Remember to perform as if you are in front of hundreds of people. When filming video auditions it is easy to make your performance smaller and more intimate, but perform like you've got a giant audience.
  • Make sure the music isn't so loud that it overpowers your voice. On the video, your voice should be what comes through the loudest.
  • Don't forget to act! A singing audition video serves to show both your vocal and acting abilities. Become the character you are performing as.
  • Not a strong singer? Sell your talent to us through your acting!
  • Is your video not perfect? That's fine - no one's is! We know recording a video audition is tough. The main thing we're looking for is to see you, your personality, and your talent.