Auditions

AUDITION ANNOUNCEMENT!
 

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Lyrics by Tim Rice

Direction: Edwin “Rico” Santiago

Music Direction: Deborah Bergen

Choreography: Jennifer Gordon

1st Round Auditions: Self-tapes sent to RitzTheatreCasting@gmail.com (see below for specific details)

2nd Round Audition Date (In-Person): Monday, June 24th, beginning at 6:00PM and, if necessary, Tuesday, June 25th, beginning at 7:00PM

3rd Round Audition Date (In-Person Callbacks): Wednesday, June 26th, beginning at 6:00PM

Rehearsals: Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings, beginning on Sunday, July 14th

Show Run: September 13-September 29, 2024

Performance Dates & Times: Fri. 9/13 @ 8PM, Sat. 9/14 @ 8PM, Sun. 9/15 @ 2PM, Fri. 9/20 @ 8PM, Sat. 9/21 @ 3PM & 8PM, Sun. 9/22 @ 2PM, Wed. 9/25 @ 7:30PM, Fri. 9/27 @ 8PM, Sat. 9/28 @ 8PM, Sun. 9/29 @ 2PM

The Ritz Theatre Company is currently seeking a diverse cast of non-union artists (ages 18+) for our upcoming production of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, the opening show of our 2024-2025 season (https://ritztheatreco.org/2024-2025-mainstage-season/). For the first round of auditions, please send an email containing your headshot, resume, and self-tape to RitzTheatreCasting@gmail.com with the subject line “JCS” by 5PM on Friday, June 14th. Due to expected volume, submissions will not be accepted after the deadline.

For the self-tape, actors should record a 16-32 bar vocal cut of a song in the style of the show. Dance reels are encouraged, but not required. YouTube links are preferred. If sending via Google Drive, please ensure anyone provided the link can access.

Successful candidates from the first round will be invited to attend an in-person audition on Monday, June 24th.

SYNOPSIS:

What’s the buzz? The first musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to be produced for the professional stage, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR has wowed audiences for over 50 years. A timeless work, the rock opera is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary and universally known series of events but seen, unusually, through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. Loosely based on the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, JCS follows the last week of Jesus Christ’s life. The story, told entirely through song, explores the personal relationships and struggles between Jesus, Judas, Mary Magdalene, his disciples, his followers, and the Roman Empire. The iconic 1970s rock score contains such well-known numbers as “Superstar,” “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” and “Gethsemane.” A true global phenomenon, JCS continues to touch new generations of audiences and performers.

CHARACTERS:

*Please note that all genders/body types/ethnicities will be considered for all roles.*

JESUS – Rock Tenor. Leader of the twelve Apostles, a man, called the “Son of God” and the “King of the Jews”.

JUDAS – Rock Tenor. Arguably the antagonist of the show. One of the twelve apostles of Jesus; concerned for the poor and the consequences of Jesus’ fame.

MARY MAGDALENE – Belter. A female follower of Jesus who finds herself falling in love with him. The role requires an actress that can show grace, stability, weakness and compassion.

PILATE – Rock Baritone. Governor of Judea who foresees the events of Jesus’ crucifixion from beginning to aftermath in a dream and finds himself being presented with that very situation.

KING HEROD – High Baritone. The King of Galilee; Jesus is brought to him for judgment after first being taken to Pilate.

PETER – Tenor. One of Jesus’ twelve apostles; denies Jesus three times upon the night of Jesus’ arrest to save himself.

SIMON – High Baritone. One of Jesus’ twelve apostles; urges Jesus to lead his followers into battle against the Romans.

CAIAPHAS – Low Bass with Rocky Top. High priest who sees Jesus as a threat to the nation.

ANNAS – High Baritone. Fellow priest at the side of Caiaphas who is persuaded by Caiaphas into seeing Jesus as a threat.

ENSEMBLE – Must be strong movers who have contemporary dance experience AND good rock / pop sounds. 3 Soul Singers will also come out of the ensemble.

2024-2025 SEASON
 

Detailed audition notices are posted here, on our social media pages (Facebook and Instagram), and on the Theatre Philadelphia website, typically one month before the dates listed below.

IN-PERSON AUDITION DATES

DRACULA

Monday, August 5th & Wednesday, August 7th, 2024

RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA

Sunday, August 25th & Wednesday, August 28th, 2024

ANGELS IN AMERICA

Monday, October 7th & Wednesday, October 9th, 2024

KINKY BOOTS

Monday, November 18th & Wednesday, November 20th, 2024

JULIUS CAESAR

Monday, December 9th & Wednesday, December 11th, 2024

SISTER ACT

Monday, February 3rd & Wednesday, February 5th, 2025

THE WIZARD OF OZ

ADULTS: Monday, March 31st & Wednesday, April 2nd, 2025

CHILDREN: Tuesday, April 1st & Thursday, April 3rd, 2025