WILMINGTON — After weeks of running lines, memorizing music, and costume fittings, dress rehearsals have commenced and the cast and crew are perfecting the final details for the Theatre at Wilmington High School presentation of Godspell.
This production of Godspell, conceived and originally directed by John Michael Tebelak with music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, is the 2012 Revised Version of the show.
Audiences will still hear all of their favorite songs like “Day by Day,” “We Beseech Thee,” and “Beautiful City,” but this version is injected with contemporary references and dazzling new arrangements.
The show is a musical adaptation of The Gospel According to St. Matthew, and it dramatizes many of the parables. Through the course of the performance, a group of individuals learn to work as one to create a community full of joy and love.
The cast is led by Kade Neu, Simon Heys, and Mason Snyder and also features Brittany Barnett, Samantha Burns, Emily Davis, Zach Davis, Samantha Fletcher, Troy Oates, Kya Resor, Jackson Tofte, Aubree Trusty and Alana Walker.
Additional ensemble members include Kaitlyn Allen, Sabrina Bowman, Petra Bray, Skylar Edwards, Damian (Steve) Garlo, Autumn Gregory, Brooklyn Nielsen, Jordan Snarr, Melissa Stroebel and Abigail Tackett.
The show is directed by Bryan Wallingford with music direction by Timothy Larrick, choreography by Tricia Heys, lighting and sound by Becky Haines, vocal coaching by Gina Beck and costumes by Tara Lydy. Reiley Black will serve as the production’s stage manager.
The show will be presented at 7:30 p.m. March 17 and 18, and at 2:30 p.m. March 19 in the Wilmington High School Auditeria. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly encouraged. This show is appropriate for ages 3 and up.
Tickets are $12; they can be reserved by calling the Theatre at WHS Box Office at 937-283-7235. Any unreserved seats will be sold at the door prior to each performance.
Godspell 2012-Revised Version is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI).
Information for this article was provided by Diana Miller, who coordinates communications for several area schools.