Centenary Stage holds non-union open auditions

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HACKETTSTOWN - It may be cold outside but summer will arrive, and in preparation for it, auditions are soon being held for a summer season of musicals.

The Centenary Stage Company (CSC), a professional not for profit theater located on the Campus of Centenary University, will hold, non-equity open auditions for the 2019 Summer Musical Season featuring Nunsense and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Auditions will be held on Saturday, March 30 from noon until 8 p.m., in the Lackland Performing Arts Center, which is located on the campus of Centenary University at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ. No appointment is necessary.

Interested performers will be seen on a first come first served basis. All roles are open. CSC is seeking a diverse company, non-traditional casting will be considered and ethnic performers are strongly encouraged to attend. Stipend and is housing provided. CSC is seeking dynamic actors, singers and movers – specifically singers with strong pop/rock abilities for Jesus Chris Superstar and singers with strong comedic timing for Nunsense. Performers should prepare 16 – 32 bars of a contemporary song from the musical theatre genre. An accompanist will be provided. There will be a movement portion of the audition. Be prepared to move.

The summer season will launch with Nunsense. Performances are scheduled for July 11 through July 21 with individual performances running Thursday through Sunday in the Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center. With music and lyrics by Dan Goggin, The Order of the Little Sisters of Hoboken take over a high school auditorium to hold a fundraising variety show in order to raise money to bury several sisters (who were accidentally poisoned by their cook). They must raise the funds before the health inspector comes and finds the dead nuns in their freezer. Fraught with hilarity, both Catholic and otherwise, five nuns try to perform their planned performance amidst chaos and calamity.

The summer season closes with Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar. Performances are scheduled for August 1 through August 11 with individual performances running Thursday through Sunday in the Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center. Jesus Christ Superstar recounts the last days of Jesus Christ from the perspective of his betrayer, Judas Iscariot. As Jesus’ following increases, Judas begins to worry that Jesus is falling for his own hype, forgetting the principles of his teachings.

Auditions will be held on Saturday, March 30 from noon until 8 p.m. in the Lackland Performing Arts Center located on the campus of Centenary University at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ. Traditional casting will be considered and ethnic performers are strongly encouraged to attend.



Sister Mary Regina (Mother Superior): Mezzo/belter. The head of the convent, she is respected greatly by the sisters. Part requires some very physical humor.

Sister Mary Hubert: Mezzo/belter. Hubert is in charge of novices, but fancies herself a Mother Superior and is constant competition with Mary Regina. She exudes maternal wisdom to novices, but also likes to let loose.

Sister Robert Anne: Mezzo/belter. Once a child delinquent herself, this rough tough nun is a jokester and constantly challenging authority.

Sister Mary Amnesia: Soprano AND belter. As the name suggests, she has lost her memory and does not know who she is except that she is a nun. She is spacey and incoherent, often slipping into displays inappropriate for a nun.

Sister Mary Leo: Mezzo/belter. Leo is the novice nun, still learning the way and coming to terms with her decision to give up "civilian" life. She is a ballerina and displays her talents through much of the show. She is also easily swayed to join in mischief. Point work a plus.

Jesus Christ Superstar:

Jesus Christ: Tenor. Protagonist of the story, leader of the twelve Apostles, and son of God, Messiah and King of the Jews.

Judas Iscariot: Tenor. One of the twelve apostles of Jesus; concerned for the poor and for the consequences of Jesus' fame. A tragic figure, a conflicted man, and a powerfully passionate guy

Mary Magdalene: Alto. A female follower of Jesus who finds herself falling in love with him. This is a woman of great strength.

Pontius Pilate: 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. One of the most complex characters in the play, a man of his time and a leader capable of great brutality, yet also a man of a certain conscience.

Caiaphas: Bass. Joseph Caiaphas was the high priest of Jerusalem who, according to Biblical accounts, sent Jesus to Pilate for his execution.

Annas: Tenor. Fellow priest at the side of Caiaphas who is persuaded by Caiaphas into seeing Jesus as a threat.

Peter: Baritone (G2-G4). One of Jesus' 12 apostles; denies Jesus three times upon the night of Jesus' arrest to save himself

Simon Zealotes: Tenor. One of Jesus' 12 apostles; urges Jesus to lead his followers into battle against the Romans.

King Herod: Baritone. The King of Galilee; Jesus is brought to him for judgment after first being taken to Pilate.

Ensemble: A diverse group of strong singers who move/dance extremely well. There are many featured singing roles to be played by ensemble.

For more information regarding the auditions contact the CSC box office at 908-979-0900. The CSC box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ on the campus of Centenary University. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1-5 p.m. and two hours prior to every event. Centenary Stage Company can also be found across social media platforms; Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Like and follow to find special offers.

The 2018-2019 season of performing arts events at the Centenary Stage Company is made possible through the support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Shubert Foundation, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, the Sandra Kupperman Foundation, and CSC corporate sponsors, including Premier Season Sponsor Heath Village Retirement Community, The House of the Good Shepherd, Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Medical Center, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), Fulton Bank of New Jersey, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.

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