Schenectady Light Opera Company Auditions for “Jesus Christ Superstar”

Schenectady Light Opera Company’s


Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by Tim Rice

Audition Dates and Times:
Monday, October 30 and Tuesday October 31, 2017 at 7:00pm
begins at 6:30 pm
Callbacks (if needed) Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Schenectady Light Opera Company, 427 Franklin Street, Schenectady (sign-in will be in  the Education Building/Cabaret Room)

Performance Date and Times:
January 19-21 and 25-28, 2018
Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm

Rehearsals will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings, and Sunday afternoons. The first rehearsal is currently scheduled for November 12.

Director/Choreographer:  Trish Scott-Dembling
Music Director: Adrienne Sherman
Assistant Director/Vocal Coach: Michael Camelo
Producers: Matthew Dembling and Jill E. Ross

Those auditioning should prepare 16 to 32 bars of music from a Broadway show, in a style similar to the show or from the show. Please bring sheet music; an accompanist will be provided. There will be a dance audition and everyone should be prepared to dance, so please dress accordingly. Female ensemble members will all be expected to dance.

If you are auditioning for Jesus or Judas, due to the extremely wide vocal ranges, you are strongly encouraged to sing from the show to demonstrate your ability to hit the required notes.  Suggested excerpts: Jesus, Gethsemane (from letter E to end) and Judas, Heaven on their Minds (letter H to end).

If you have any questions please contact the producers Matthew Dembling , Jill E. Ross or the director Trish Scott-Dembling

Jesus Christ Superstar the first musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to be produced for the professional stage. The rock opera is set against a backdrop of an extraordinary series of events, but seen through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. Loosely based on the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, Superstar 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.

Character Breakdown:

Jesus of Nazareth – Rock tenor (A2-G5)

Judas Iscariot – Rock tenor (D3-D5)

Mary Magdalene – Exotic/ belter (F3-E5)

King Herod – High baritone (C3-G4)

Caiaphas – Low bass (C2-F4)

Peter – Tenor (A2-G4)

Pontius Pilate – Rock baritone (A2-B4)

Simon Zealotes – High baritone (G3-B4)

Annas – High baritone (G2-D5)

Ensemble: priests, apostles, lepers, cured lepers, merchants, soldiers, Judas’ tormentors, reporters, temple ladies, soul girls.  The ensemble is highly utilized and appears in almost all musical numbers.


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