TheatreWorks' Stage 2 Teen Workshop GODSPELL Begins 5/25


This year's program will be GODSPELL. Rehearsals will begin on June 6th at 7:00 p.m. and will continue each week, Monday-Thursday, 7:00-10:00 through the final performances on July 13, 14 and 15. Please note: The fee to participate in this program is $390.

The TheatreWorks Stage 2 program, specially designed for teens (entering grades 8-12 in September), focuses on the craft of acting, along with lessons throughout the process of mounting a production, vocal skills and basic choreography. Perhaps most importantly, the program inspires creativity, confidence and a sense of community through the exploration and practice of theatre skills. The program is under the direction of Beth Bonnabeau with musical direction by David Anctil.

Told almost entirely in song, Godspell presents the gospel of St. Matthew updated to New York City of the late '60s/early '70s, featuring Jesus Christ as a wandering minstrel dressed like a circus clown. By blowing on an instrument that reaches only the ears of a select few around the bustling city, John the Baptist summons nine simpatico hippies to a fountain in Central Park, where they revel in the waters of their baptism. When Christ joins the group, the free-flowing fraternal love solidifies into a desire to spread the word of God around the city. Outfitting themselves in a nearby junkyard that bursts with color, the lively group makes its way around a sparsely populated fairy-tale version of the city, re-enacting Biblical parables with great enthusiasm and flamboyance. Opting for a lighter yet more devout approach than its thematically similar Jesus Christ Superstar, Godspell features an equivalent number of hummable hit songs, notably "Prepare Ye (The Way of the Lord)," "By My Side," and "Day by Day."

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