Based primarily on the Book of Matthew, Godspell focuses on eight strangers, all from different walks of life, coming together to tell the lessons and parables of Jesus Christ through improvisation, various games, storytelling techniques and a hefty dose of comic timing. By the end of the show, which features a reenactment of the Last Supper and Crucifixion, the strangers learn to carry Jesus’ message of kindness, tolerance, and love. Featuring a score from Stephen Schwartz (famous for Pippin, The Prince of Egypt, and Wicked) with various contemporary genres from pop to rock and gospel to vaudeville, this show has made a lasting impression on American musical theatre since its New York premiere in 1971, and later film version in 1973. The version of the script Sterling Playmakers will produce comes from the 2011-2012 Broadway revival, which masterfully injects this story with contemporary references and dazzling new music arrangements.
When the show premiered in 1971, our country was very much divided. We had the Vietnam War and counterculture movement, which was highly politicized and a moment of social tension in our American history. It feels right to set the show in today’s time as we seem to be in need of healing during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the same unresolved social issues. Our group of strangers will begin the show divided in a black and white world as masked protesters during the pandemic. It’s not until the entrance of Jesus that they begin to be in a world of color. Through the teachings of Jesus, they learn to come together and build a beautiful city of man, and spread the message of tolerance, compassion, and love.
Evening performances at 8:00pm
Thursday, July 29 | Friday, July 30 | Saturday, July 31 | Friday, August 13 | Saturday, August 14
Matinee performances at 2:00pm
Saturday, July 31 | Sunday, August 1 | Saturday, August 14 | Sunday, August 15
American Sign Language interpretation provided by HIS Sign for Matinee Performance on Saturday, July 31 at 2:00pm
General Admission $20
COVID-19 safety protocols will be observed. We follow CDC guidelines and request that for the safety of all patrons, all unvaccinated individuals wear masks. Current detailed guidelines are available here.
Additionally, socially distanced seating will be available in parts of the auditorium.
Watch from The Comfort of Your Own Home with Streaming through ShowTix4U
August 11, 2021 through September 20, 2021
Streaming Ticket $25 per Household