What are the Good Shepherd Players?

Founded in 1981, the Good Shepherd Players are an in-reach/outreach ministry of The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Burke, Va. We produce a yearly Broadway-style musical, along with cabarets and other special performances. We recently celebrated our 35th anniversary, and we look forward to many more years of fellowship and fun!

This year’s production is Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, running January 26, 27, February 1, 2, 3, and 4, 2018. Matinee shows at 2:00pm are on January 27 and February 4. All other dates are at 7:30pm. Stage director is Nancy Lavallee and music director is Mitch Bassman.

Where do you rehearse/perform?

All rehearsals are at Church of the Good Shepherd, 9350 Braddock Rd., Burke, Va. We perform on our fully-functional proscenium stage in the Grand Hall at Good Shepherd. The hall seats about 300 people.

What makes your group special?

Besides putting on quality community theatre productions for large, appreciative audiences, we also serve each other and our community, whether it is through our special needs performance, organizing a canned food drive for local food banks, or supporting each other as a theatrical family. It truly is a special group!

What is the “special needs performance?”

In past years, we have invited special needs audiences and their caregivers to attend our brush-up rehearsal between performance weekends. For Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, our “special needs” performance will be held on Thursday, February 1st, 2018, This is a sensory-sensitive performance with adjusted light/sound cues and piano rather than full orchestra.  It is a wonderful, moving experience for both the cast and the families who attend the show!

Are there special considerations about working in a church group?

Due to past church and diocesan policy, cast/crew members ages 16+ have been required to take a two-hour training course on the prevention of child abuse and sexual misconduct. This training is free of charge and is good for 10 years. We will announce the date of this mandatory training as soon as it has been scheduled.

How do I sign up for auditions?

Go to our signup genius link to sign up for an audition slot. Make sure you download and complete an audition packet.


Do I need to be an experienced actor or singer to audition?

We have people of all levels of experience in our group…from professional singers and music educators to kids and adults experiencing the joys of theatre for the first time!

Do I have to be a member of the church to audition?

No! You are welcome to audition no matter where you worship or where you are on your faith journey. We are a ministry of the Episcopal Church, and we begin our rehearsals with a God-centered prayer circle. However, we have members of many faith traditions!

Does everyone who auditions get a role?

We love a big cast! However, it has become increasingly difficult to manage our large cast sizes. We have always tried to offer everyone a part, but we may need to limit onstage involvement depending on how many people sign up for auditions.

What if I don’t get a role?

There are many other ways to get involved! We are always looking for stage managers, costumers, backstage help, scenic artists, carpenters, ushers…the list goes on. Please consider using your gifts to become a part of our theatrical family.

Is there a participation fee?

Yes. We require a participation fee of $30 for children with a parent(s) in the cast and $60 for adults and children without a parent in the cast. This fee helps pays for your cast t-shirt and tech day/strike meals.


What is the audition format?

Please prepare 16-32 bars of a Broadway-style song. You may also be asked to do some improvisation or a cold reading from the libretto.

Will there be callbacks?

Callbacks, if necessary, will be on Sunday 9/10 3-5pm. The callback list will go out only to those people being called back by Saturday 9/9 at 9PM. If you do not get called back, it does not necessarily mean that you won’t be cast. It only means that we do not need to see you again.

When will the cast list go up?

The cast list will not go up until the show has been fully cast or by Thursday 9/14, whichever comes first. If we have not fully cast the show by that date, we will send out the cast list with the roles that have been cast and “TBA” for the roles that have not been cast.

How do I learn more about the audition process and the group?

We will have a “preview night” on Tuesday 9/5 7-9PM at Church of the Good Shepherd. You’ll have a chance to meet the directors, hear some selections from the score, and learn more about our group.


When is the first rehearsal?

The first rehearsal is a read-through/cast meeting on Saturday 9/16 from 9am-12pm. You will get a chance to meet the production team and enjoy fellowship with the company over coffee and bagels.

What is your rehearsal schedule?

In general, we rehearse group scenes and large musical numbers on Saturday 9am-12pm. We rehearse smaller scenes and individual musical numbers on Tuesday (or sometimes) Thursday evenings 7pm-9pm.  Music rehearsals will be on Tuesday evenings. There will usually be only one weeknight rehearsal, and children are generally not called on school nights until we get closer to opening night.

When does the rehearsal schedule go out?

The director will send out the next month’s rehearsal schedule at least a week before the beginning of the month. You will get January’s schedule and a tentative production week schedule during the last week of December after the show has been cast. Another more detailed production week schedule with call times will go out closer to production.