THE search is on for a Wearside choir who can hit the high note in a West End show.
Godspell In Concert is heading to Sunderland Empire in May and the show’s producers are looking for city singers to help bring the rock musical’s score to life.
It’s the first time in British theatre history that fully formed choirs from across the country have been given the opportunity to take part in a professional touring musical production, direct from the West End.
The chosen choir will appear as part of the ensemble cast, alongside the main cast which includes former Sugababe Jade Ewen, X Factor 2005 finalist Andy Abraham and Leanne Jarvis, who’s appeared on BBC’s The Voice.
The choir will sing some of the show’s most popular songs, which include Light of the World, All Good Gifts and Day by Day, 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 aged 16 and over.
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 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.
“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.”
Any choirs interested should visit www.godspellinconcert.com and apply online. The closing date is Saturday, January 24. Shortlisted choirs will be invited to one of six regional auditions.
• Godspell is at Sunderland Empire on Sunday, May 3. Tickets are available at the Box Office from £21 or from £23.90 via the Ticket Centre on 0844 871 3022 or online at www.ATGtickets.com/Sunderland.