THE PASSION PLAY - Park Performing Arts Center Auditions

Posted: January 17, 2014

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THE PASSION PLAY – OPEN Auditions By Appt in NJ
Park Performing Arts Center
Union City, NJ

Call Type
Non-Required Principal

Date of Audition

Park Performing Arts Center
560 32nd Street
Union City, NJ 07087


5 PM to 9 PM each day

Call 201 865 6980 x10. Leave a message with desired time slot & contact method; the Theater will accommodate you on a first come, first served basis.
> A monitor willnotbe provided. The producer will run all aspects of this audition.

Musical Lyrics: Jules and Marty Rotella, Ed Sansanelli, and Denis Argul
Director: Carl Gonzalez
Music Director: TBA

* expected salary $15/hr rehearsals, $93/performance + pension contribution.

Other Dates
1st reh: 2/4/14 at 6 p.m (current schedule Tue, Wed, Thur eves (7-10); Sat (10:30-2:30), with additional days starting in March for tech (nights & Sats.)

If unable to attend, send picture & resume to

Per Performance Contract; approval/salary pending

Equity and non-Equity actors for the roles:


see breakdown.

A breakdown has been added for this notice. See below.

Please prepare a short classical or semi-classical monologue and a song (except for Pilate who doesn’t sing). Best song choice would be a contemporary ballad or dramatic pop song. Bring sheet music; an accompanist will be provided.

Please bring your resume and picture.

Equity members without appointments will be seen throughout the audition times, as time permits

Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to attend.

Always bring your Equity Membership Card to auditions.


The Passion Play is the telling of the events of the life of Jesus Christ, focusing primarily on the last period from his entrance into Jerusalem to his trial and death. The show has been performed without break since 1915, making it the longest running passion play in America. Re-written in the 1980s to purse any anti-Semitic dialogue or attitudes, the show is now a musical with original music in the 80s pop style.

Three Equity Principal contracts available. Looking to fill the following roles with an AEA Principal:

Mid-20s – mid 30s. Actor/singer. Charismatic leader in atime of occupation. Able to command attention without raising his voice. Actor must be able to bring a contemporary zeitgeist to the life of Jesus while remaining true to the scriptural readings on which much of the character is based. The Jesus of the play is a real man facing real choices. The Actor will be required to appear in the show clad only in a wrapped, loin cloth-like garment on the cross. Physical stamina is important, as Jesus is in most scenes and must perform physical tasks such as carrying the cross and standing on the cross for protracted periods. Acting is the primary focus of casting, actor must sing. Baritone- mostly ballads. Music for the show is available in three keys, so a wide range of voices can be accommodated.

Mid-20s – mid 40s. Actor/singer. A man of conviction, doing what he thinks his beliefs require of him. Actor must be believable in making the journey from conviction to questioning. The very real conflict between personal beliefs and personal loyalties plays out onstage. Sings in a rock musical style. Baritone/high baritone or tenor – music for the show is available in three keys, so a wide range of voices can be accommodated.

30s-50s. Actor. No singing. The ultimate representative of Rome. A lifelong bureaucrat, stuck on the fringe of the Roman Empire, hoping to get through his tour of duty with minimum risk to his long-term career. While intellectually intrigued by Jesus, he makes decisions that are in his own best political interest desire beset by events, the Pharisees and an aggressive wife.

Theatre/Audition location: Five minutes outside of the Lincoln Tunnel. See website for directions and public transportation options:

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