Date(s) - 12/02/2016
The Varsity Center
The Stage Company, in association with The Southern Illinoisan, presents
BOOK BY JOHN MICHAEL TEBELAK; MUSIC AND LYRICS BY STEPHEN SCHWARTZ (SCHWARTZ IS ALSO THE COMPOSER OF WICKED AND PIPPIN)
Directed by John Lipe
The Varsity Center,
418 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale, Illinois
Performances: December 2-4, 9-11
Join the Stage Company as we present our first musical in a decade! This December, the Stage Company presents the upbeat, contemporary stage production of the Gospel of Matthew, Godspell! With its gentle humor, energetic pop music, and a timeless message of love, Godspell is a unique and enduring re-telling of the life and message of Jesus of Nazareth that all ages can enjoy.
ABOUT THE PLAY:
In the summer of 1972, “Day by Day” from the Broadway musical Godspell climbed the Billboard pop singles chart. But this story of friendship, loyalty, and love, based on the life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth and his disciples, has never been stuck in time. Based on the book of Matthew, parables are told through songs from pop to vaudeville, games, storytelling, and comedy. The passion of Christ is dealt with briefly at the end of the performance. Godspell opened off Broadway on May 17, 1971, and has played in various touring companies and revivals many times since, including a 2011 revival which played on Broadway from October 13, 2011, to June 24, 2012. Several cast albums have been released over the years. Note: Godspell was the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden).
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:
John Lipe, Stage Director, is a native of Carbondale, Illinois. He has worked as a singer, stage manager and stage director in opera houses across the country. He also works locally, having directed several shows for The Stage Company in Carbondale, including The Thirteen Clocks, Leading Ladies, Box and Cox, and Rope.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
John Michael Tebelak (book) was born on September 17, 1949, in Cleveland, Ohio, and died on April 2, 1985, in New York, New York. Tebelak originally wrote Godspell as his Master’s Thesis when he was a student at Carnegie Mellon University. In addition to directing Godspell on Broadway, he also directed Elizabeth I in 1972. Tebelak won the 1971 Drama Desk Award for Most Promising Director for his work on Godspell.
Stephen Schwartz (lyrics and music) was born on March 6, 1948, in New York City, New York. Schwartz is an American musical theatre lyricist and composer. In a career spanning over four decades, Schwartz has written such hit musicals as Godspell (1971), Pippin (1972) and Wicked (2003). He has contributed lyrics for a number of successful films, including Pocahontas (1995), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), The Prince of Egypt (1998; music and lyrics) and Enchanted (2007). Schwartz has won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics, three Grammy Awards, three Academy Awards and has been nominated for six Tony Awards. He received the 2015 Isabelle Stevenson Award, a special Tony Award, for his commitment to serving artists and fostering new talent. Schwartz is the only songwriter with three Broadway shows running more than 1900 performances on Broadway. And like writer John Michael Tebelak, Schwartz also attended Carnegie Mellon University
CAST AND CREW:
Jesus: Kaleb Triplett
John the Baptist/Judas: Zach Stout
Kelly Jo Calvert
Godspell plays at the Varsity Center on December 2-4 and 9-11. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students. Beginning Friday November 25, tickets can be purchased at the Varsity Center Box Office, Monday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and one hour before performances. Or call 618-549-5466 or visit www.stagecompany.org for ticket information and purchase.
To schedule an interview or photo please contact Susan Harrocks, Assistant Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org, 618-534-4703.