Audition: Jesus Christ Superstar

Audition: Jesus Christ Superstar


May 25 @ 1pm
May 26 @ 7pm
May 27 @ 7pm CALLBACKS

CENTERstage Productions is thrilled to announce auditions for the Castaway Productions production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

One of the greatest stories ever told comes to life in the groundbreaking, iconic rock opera that reinvented musical theater for the modern age. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, this global blockbuster tells the story of the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ, from the perspective of Judas Iscariot. This 50th Anniversary Production, featuring Sean Matthew Whiteford as Jesus and Henry George Staats III as Judas, will bring the focus back to the show’s origins as a rock concept album, emphasizing a rock concert aesthetic rather than a traditional musical theater experience.

Location: The CENTER for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck.

Performance Dates: August 30th - September 15, 2019

Seeking: Actors, singers, dancers over age 20 – 70.  See below for character breakdown.  The roles of Jesus & Judas are cast. All ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

Prepare / Bring: 16-32 bars of a pop/rock song that shows off your range and personality (we kindly request no musical theatre). If you play an instrument, please accompany yourself at the audition. No A Cappella. An accompanist will be provided. Please be prepared to list all of your summer conflicts.

Questions: Contact producer Lou Trapani at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Character Breakdown:

Female. 20s –30s. A former prostitute, now follower of Jesus, grappling with her feelings and her faith. Seeking a unique, dynamic, soulful singer who can communicate her solo as more than just a simple love song. This role does not dance but must be able to move very well.

Male or Female. 30s – 50s. Must have a very dramatic, expressive and flexible singing voice. The governor of Judea who foresees the events of Jesus’ crucifixion, from the beginning to the aftermath in a dream, and then ends up being presented with that very situation.

Male. 30s - 50s. A very strong bass with a commanding stage presence. The high priest who sees Jesus as a threat to the nation.

Male. 30-70. The King of Gailee. Cynical, comedic, cruel, outrageous creature. Must be able to carry a tune (high baritone song). Director will shape concept around performer, and is also considering drag performers.

[MALE AND FEMALE SINGERS/ DANCERS] - 20s-40s. Diverse, skillful and passionate singers of all types with strong individual identity and presence, ability to communicate beyond the fourth wall, and be free, creative and fully committed during the rehearsal process. All singers must be able to move very well. This production is also looking for dynamic dancers, well versed in modern/hip hop, who can sing well to fill out the ensemble.

Certain Ensemble Members will play the following roles:

Male. 20-35. Strong folk or pop/rock voice. One of Jesus’ Apostles who denies knowing Jesus to save himself. Mild-mannered, sensitive. Should be able to move very well.

Male or Female. 20-35. One of Jesus’ apostles who urges Jesus to lead his followers into battle against the Romans. Must have a huge, show-stopping rock/gospel voice, tons of energy, and be able to move very well.

Male or Female. 20s – 40s. High, screamy rock voice (i.e. Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Janis Joplin). Shrill, tightly wound, sadistic high priest. Should be able to move very well.