The Blair Academy Players will present Godspell on February 14, 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts’ Dubois Theatre. With music by Stephen Schwartz and book by John-Michael Tebelak, this rock musical is composed of various Biblical parables from the gospel according to Matthew. Godspell opened off-Broadway in 1971 and has since been produced by multiple touring companies and in many revivals.
Godspell tells the story of Jesus Christ recruiting a group of followers and teaching them various lessons through song and dance. Toward the end of the second act, the show begins to follow a more linear narrative as Jesus is betrayed by Judas and eventually crucified. With a mix of pop, rock and vaudeville, the production delivers a message of peace, tolerance and love through songs including "Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord," "Learn Your Lessons Well," "All Good Gifts," "Turn Back, O Man" and "By My Side."
“Godspell has become such a staple of the musical comedy stage,” said director Craig Evans, Blair’s veteran English and theatre teacher. “This telling of the Bible is based on the love and community that is forged around Jesus and provides an entertaining experience for the whole audience. Our cast has completely enjoyed their first experience with Godspell.”
The catalyst character of Jesus is played by Robbie Donnelly ’20. Performing the dual roles of John the Baptist and Judas is John Zoetjes ’19. Soloists in the show include Victoria Crow ’20, Sadie Donnelly ’22, Audrey Sacks ’20, Ryan Gomez ’20, Alex Kirby ’20, Samantha Antonelli ’22, Hannah Starorypniski ’20 and Matthew Bottone ’19. The student director is Gardner Coates ’20.
Reservations not required.