High School Overnight Camp
Ages 14-18*
*Campers may be 19 if they have just graduated high school in the spring of 2021. The information below is from the 2021 High School Camp. We are hoping to have our overnight camps again in 2022! Stay tuned for information about 2022 summer camps!

2021 Show: Godspell

John-Michael Tebelak originally conceived of Godspell as his Master’s Thesis project at Carnegie-Mellon University in 1970 when he was only 22 years old. Stephen Schwartz, who had just written Pippin at his college, joined Tebelak to write the music for Godspell. Godspell was the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden), and it took the world by storm. Led by the international hit, “Day by Day,” Godspell is based on The Gospel of Matthew and features a parade of beloved songs, including “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord,” “Learn Your Lessons Well,” “All for the Best,” “All Good Gifts,” “Turn Back, O Man” and “By My Side.”

Here is an excerpt from an interview with Tebelak in Dramatics Magazine, January 1975: “‘Gospel” is translated to mean ‘Good News.’ I turned toward the Gospels and sat one afternoon and read the whole thing through. Afterwards, I became terribly excited because I found what I wanted to portray on stage: Joy! I found a great joy, a simplicity—some rather comforting words in the Gospel itself—in these four books. I wanted to make it the simple, joyful message that I felt the first time I read them and recreate the sense of community.”

One adult family member of each camper is required to serve on a Production Crew.

2021 Show: Godspell

John-Michael Tebelak originally conceived of Godspell as his Master’s Thesis project at Carnegie-Mellon University in 1970 when he was only 22 years old. Stephen Schwartz, who had just written Pippin at his college, joined Tebelak to write the music for Godspell. Godspell was the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden), and it took the world by storm. Led by the international hit, “Day by Day,” Godspell is based on The Gospel of Matthew and features a parade of beloved songs, including “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord,” “Learn Your Lessons Well,” “All for the Best,” “All Good Gifts,” “Turn Back, O Man” and “By My Side.”

Here is an excerpt from an interview with Tebelak in Dramatics Magazine, January 1975: “‘Gospel” is translated to mean ‘Good News.’ I turned toward the Gospels and sat one afternoon and read the whole thing through. Afterwards, I became terribly excited because I found what I wanted to portray on stage: Joy! I found a great joy, a simplicity—some rather comforting words in the Gospel itself—in these four books. I wanted to make it the simple, joyful message that I felt the first time I read them and recreate the sense of community.”

One adult family member of each camper is required to serve on a Production Crew.

Auditions

We will hold auditions for those who would like an opportunity for a role, solo, or featured dancer; however, you do NOT need to audition in order to participate in this camp. Students who choose not to audition will be placed in the ensemble. Auditions will occur via video, and submissions will be accepted from May 26, 2021, through June 3, 2021, at noon. Videos should be sent to auditions@firstactkc.org.

Students who choose to audition will need to submit the following:

  • Sign up for auditions.
  • A video containing a performance of a one-minute cut of an audition song of the student’s choice.
  •  A performance of one of the selected Godspell audition monologues. Audition monologues found here. 
  • A video containing a performance of the dance audition. There are two levels for the dance audition. The dance auditions will be learned at home via videos. If you do not have a lot of dance experience you will want to learn the Beginning Level dance found here. The dance auditions will be learned at home via videos. If you have dance experience please learn the Advanced Level dance found here. If you would like to be considered for a specialty dancer role please learn the technique part at the end of the advanced dance. When recording yourself please make sure we can see your entire body during the dance. Students will be asked to study the video for their respective camp and then tape themselves doing the routine. 
  • A completed audition form. Godspell audition form found here. 

Links to each YouTube video will be shared with First Act by emailing the links to auditions@firstactkc.org.

Instructions for uploading audition videos to YouTube found here.

Callbacks will occur from 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 5, 2021, at the First Act Studios. Those students invited to callbacks will receive more information.

Character Breakdown:

Jesus – Charismatic and high energy, yet gentle and loving. He is the deceptively calm leader of the troupe. He is eventually betrayed by Judas and persecuted. Vocal range: G5-A3. 

John The Baptist* – he preached about God’s Final Judgment and baptized repentant followers in preparation for it. Jesus was among the recipients of his rite of baptism. Vocal range: G5-A3. 

Judas* – Like Jesus, he is also charismatic, but in an overt revolutionary way.  Judas is the disciple who doubts Jesus and begins to question and rebel against Him. In the end, he betrays Jesus. Vocal range: G5-A3.

Disciples/Ensemble – the cast changes from philosophers to “believers” before our eyes. The disciples are the audience’s surrogates, their representatives, and the audience must be able to see themselves in the situation onstage. The Disciples/Ensemble consists of soloists, featured actors, and others. Some of the featured disciples’ names (see below) are from the original production of Godspell:

Lamar – Tenor, High A 

Jeffrey – Tenor, High D (falsetto) 

Herb – Baritone, E (does not sing any real solo, but should be able to carry baritone harmonies)     

Robin – Alto     

Peggy – Alto 

Sonia – Low Alto (D below middle C) 

Gilmer – Mezzo 

Joanne – Soprano (High A in “Bless the Lord,” High C in “We Beseech Thee”)

*These two roles are traditionally played by one actor.