Aloha Performing Arts Company will hold open auditions for volunteer performers for the hard-driving rock musical “Jesus Christ Superstar” at the Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu on Monday and Tuesday, December 19 and 20 at 6:00 p.m. A possible invitational call-back audition may be held on Wednesday, December 21, also at 6:00 p.m. No experience is necessary, and newcomers are encouraged to audition. APAC artistic director Jerry Tracy will direct, Bernaldo Evangelista is music director, Marinella Savarese is vocal director, and Ellen Farnsworth is choreographer.
Evangelista will play the role of King Herod, but all other roles are open, and casting consideration will not be limited by traditional gender assignments. Roles include Judas Iscariot, Jesus Christ, Mary Magdalene, Caiaphas, Annas, Simon Zealotes, Pontius Pilate, Maid by the Fire, Old Man by the Fire, and Peter. Also needed is a large ensemble of singers, dancers, and actors of all sizes, shapes, colors, and genders to portray apostles, priests, soldiers, merchants, lepers, vagrants, reporters, citizens, worshipers, and bystanders.
Scores are available for perusal at the APAC office, by arrangement with Managing Director Melissa Geiger. Each person auditioning must prepare 16 bars, or about one minute, of a song. Sheet music will be available for songs from “Jesus Christ Superstar,” and an accompanist will be provided. If a song from another source is chosen, the person auditioning must provide the accompanist with sheet music in the proper key. No a capella or karaoke style auditions will be allowed. In addition to the singing portion of the audition, candidates will be asked to read, choosing from a list of speeches provided, as well as learn a short movement routine in a group. Sturdy, closed shoes are required. Slippers will not be allowed. Candidates will be seen in small groups, in order of arrival. Attendance at one of the audition nights is sufficient; attending both nights is not necessary.
Rehearsals will begin Monday December 26, and will generally be held on Sunday afternoons and Monday through Thursday evenings. The specific time commitment varies, depending on the role. The show runs for five weekends, performing on Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons, February 10 through March 12, 2017. Although all cast members will not be required at every rehearsal, candidates must be available for the entire rehearsal schedule with a minimum of conflicts, and must commit to the entire performance run. The complete rehearsal and performance schedule is available on APAC’s website, alohatheatre.com, and will also be posted at auditions. In addition to performers, support staff is also sought, including backstage helpers, make-up and hair artists, seamstresses, set builders, set painters, concession workers, and ushers. Those interested in any of these volunteer positions are encouraged to attend auditions to fill out a registration form, or to contact APAC at email@example.com.
“Jesus Christ Superstar,” by the legendary team of Tim Rice and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, is the show which popularized the term “rock opera.” It dramatically relates the events in the final week of Jesus’ life, and examines his relationships with Judas, Mary Magdalene, and God. The 1970 concept album led to the 1971 Broadway debut and many revivals throughout the world over the years, as well as a movie version in 1973. APAC’s production will feature a live rock and roll band under the baton of music director Evangelista. For more information, call 322-9924.
Audition Schedule for the 2016-2017
|Show||Audition Dates||Callbacks (if needed)|
|Jesus Christ Superstar||December 19 & 20, 2016||December 21, 2016|
|The Miracle Worker||Feb. 28 & March 1, 2017||March 2, 2017|
|Once on This Island, Jr.||May 7 & 8, 2017||May 10, 2017|
Dates are subject to change, please check back for updates and additional information.