The Madison Recreation Department and Playwrights Theatre Present GODSPELL
The Madison Recreation Department and Playwrights Theatre present GODSPELL Conceived and Originally Directed by John-Michael Tebelak, Music and New Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, Originally Produced on the New York Stage by Edgar Lansbury, Stuart Duncan and Jospeh Beruh.
In a special arrangement with the Theatre Authority, the cast of the play will include professional Equity Actors who will be working alongside the student actors as mentors and fellow performers, all of whom will be familiar to New Jersey audiences.
The production (appropriate for teenagers and adults) will have three performances: July 24, July 25 at 7:30pm and July 26 at 2:00pm. The production will be directed by Danielle Constance with musical direction by Karen Romero. The cast features student actors Anastasia Arvanites, Melissa Barry, Larry Bissett, Katharine Brundage, Loren Donnelly, Max Dreitlein, Mike Dreitlein, Pauline Figarelli, Brian Lang, Kathryn McManus, Kristin McManus, Alex Post, and Jayati Samar.
Professional actors Najah A. Johnson*, Sahirah Johnson* and Jane Keitel* will be donating their talents to the process as will guest performance artists Kavi Octane and Walter F. Rodriguez. A group of professional musicians will accompany the performers and Jane Keitel, who is also serving as assistant director, will play assorted instruments in the show. Filling out the production team are Madison residents James Sullivan, serving as technical director, and Remy Starker is choreographer.
Single tickets are on sale now $10 for adults and $5 for students/child. For tickets, call the box office at 973-514-1787 X31 or online at www.ptnj.org. There will no charge for Senior Citizens who should call the Senior Center at 973-593-3095 to secure their tickets. Performances will take place at Madison High School, 170 Ridgedale Avenue in Madison, NJ 07940. There are only 98 total tickets for each performance.
“This is a very powerful talented cast of local performers,” said John Pietrowski, Playwrights Theatre Artistic Director. “Audiences should expect a very energetic and moving production.”
About The Production:
Written by Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin), this long running musical (the original production ran over 2,100 performances, was revived 3 times, and a second revival in 2012) features pop, rock and folk style songs as well as lessons and skits. Schwartz has said the show was “never intended to be a “Sunday school lesson”. “Godspell, at its heart, is about the formation of a community out of disparate people coming together over very basic and simple philosophical concepts, such as “Always treat others as you would have them treat you”.