Godspell has launched a nationwide hunt for choirs to appear on stage with the rock musical when the production hits the road next year.
The show’s producers are looking for fully formed choirs from all over the country to take part in the professional touring musical.
This exciting opportunity to perform on the professional stage will see choirs chosen to perform at a local venue across the country (where possible) as part of the ensemble cast.
Working with a West End cast and creative team, each choir will be coached for their moment in the spotlight.
The choirs will sing some of the most popular songs from the show, on the stage of some of the UK’s most prestigious theatres, accompanied by the Godspell in Concert band.
Producers are looking for mixed-voice SATB (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass) choirs with an excellent musical and performance standard and choir members must be a minimum of 16 years of age.
Choirs at each performance venue will be comprised of 28 singers. Half the choir will be static and the other half will ‘move’ (not dance) and will be directed by a choreographer.
Four dedicated West End performers will make each choir’s number up to 32 and either one choir in total or two choirs will be cast for each venue.
Each choir will receive the expert tutelage of musical director Russell Scott who is at the helm of the show’s new orchestration.
Russell has worked in the world of classical and musical theatre for more than 30 years.
He is an accomplished singer, having performed all over the world, as well as a vocal coach, producer, musical and choral director.
With over 100,000 record sales across his four solo albums, he’s also appeared on countless film soundtracks, opera, pop and musical theatre recordings.
He said: “I have been working with choirs and ensembles for almost 15 years, varying in ages and standards.
“The great thing about singing is it makes people feel good and can change your mood in an instant.
“I am so thrilled choirs have been brought more into the public domain in recent years. Choirs are for everyone and I am passionate about working with them and bringing out their best.
“I wanted to bring a choral element to Godspell and so reworked the score which is essentially written for 10 principles.
“I re-orchestrated the ensemble parts to encompass a choir and the result sounded incredible bringing out the true soul of the piece.
“There are some great songs to sing, and the addition of a choir just makes the sound even more exciting to listen to.
“My vision was to take Godspell In Concert on the road and to cast choirs from around the country to take part.
“Godspell was conceived as a community piece and what better idea than to bring communities together to sing in a professional UK touring production?
“It’s never been done before and I am thrilled to be undertaking this huge challenge to bring choirs together with our touring professionals and to give opportunities to singers all across the UK to take part in this unique production.”
To apply choirs can visit the show website www.godspellinconcert.com and apply online.
The closing date for applications is December 19.
The UK tour will feature a brand new, modern-day rock score packed to the heavens with favourites such as Light of the World, All Good Gifts and Day by Day.