"Godspell" Offers Bible Teachings With Sparkling Score at MCCC's Kelsey Theatre Mar. 27-Apr. 5

2/26/09


In the buoyant love fest known as "Godspell," the gospel according to St. Matthew is imaginatively retold with humor, music, and wisdom. Playful Theatre Productions presents this beloved musical at Mercer County Community College's Kelsey Theatre Fridays and Saturdays, Mar. 27, 28, Apr. 3 and 4 at 8 p.m., and Sundays, Mar. 29 and Apr. 5 at 2 p.m. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on Mar. 27. Kelsey Theatre is located on Mercer's West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

Powerful and heartening lessons await audience members as the ensemble cast, dressed in circus-like attire, sings and pantomimes its way through the parables of Jesus. Among the well-known numbers are "Day by Day," "Prepare Ye The Way of the Lord," "Save The People," "Learn Your Lessons Well," "All For The Best," "All Good Gifts" and "By My Side." The clowning turns serious in the show's later segment as the Last Supper is touchingly portrayed.

Thomas Coppolecchia as Jesus
and Mike Schiumo as Judas.

"Godspell" was conceived and originally directed by John Michael Tebelak with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. The show premiered Off-Broadway in 1971, moved to Broadway in 1976, and has played in various touring companies and revivals many times since.

The Playful Theatre Productions cast includes Thomas Coppolecchia as Jesus and Michael Schiumo as Judas/John the Baptist. Also featured are Jennifer Davis, Hilary Goldman, Kristin Heiser, Paul Lasky, Thomas Martella, Jaimie McMillin, Matthew Muccigrossi, Kevin Plotka, Melissa Rittmann and Elizabeth Rzasa. The show is produced by Suzanne Smith and directed by Judi Parrish, with choreography by Diane Wargo and vocal direction by Pam Sharples. Musical direction is by James Capes.

Tickets for "Godspell" are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, and $12 for students and children. Free parking is available next to the theater. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible and provides assisted listening devices upon request. For a complete listing of adult and children's events for the remainder of the 2008-09 season, visit the Kelsey webpage or call the box office for a brochure.

For more on events at Kelsey Theatre visit:

2008-09 Season
Ticket Information
Audition Information
Kelsey Kids Playshops

Directions to MCCC

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