PLYMOUTH, N.H.—A cast of 60 will take to the Hanaway Theatre stage Jan. 27-31 at Plymouth State University, as the award-winning Educational Theatre Collaborative (ETC) performs Godspell.
ETC’s Godspell presents a large intergenerational cast, instead of the usual 10-12 performers, to highlight the circus theme and wonderful music and dancing according to director Trish Lindberg. “The large numbers really add a power to the production,” Lindberg said.
Godspell was conceived and originally directed by John Michael Tebelak with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz.
One of the biggest off-Broadway and Broadway successes of all time, Godspell is based primarily on the Gospel According to St. Matthew
The main story of Godspell is portrayed in the way the players interact with their leader, coming together to create a loving community. Godspell presents many recognizable songs, led by the international hit, “Day By Day.”
“Performers can learn a great deal about what makes a strong ensemble through participating in Godspell,” Lindberg said. “Building a strong community throughout the rehearsal process will enhance the honesty needed onstage. The closer the cast is, the more emotionally powerful the production.”
Time from the first rehearsal to the first performance is only 23 days. With actors ranging in age from eight to 50 years, getting it all done requires organization and intensity. Planning for ETC occurs year round, from budgeting to marketing to publication design, workshop preparation, and garnering volunteer support. “That all occurs beforehand so we can move as quickly as we need to in January,” Lindberg says.
Once January begins, rehearsal is layered onto rehearsal as the actors gain confidence onstage and with each other, with a goal of providing each audience with a feeling of the importance of community and an emotionally charged experience inspired by the energy and enthusiasm of the cast.
Performances are Jan. 27-30 at 7 p.m., Jan. 30 and 31 at 2 p.m. at the Silver Center for the Arts on Main Street in Plymouth.
Tickets are $24-22 for adults, $20-18 for seniors and $18-16 for youth and PSU students at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS or (800) 779-3869 or online at silver.plymouth.edu. Box Office hours are Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Educational Theatre Collaborative (ETC) is a venture of Plymouth State University, Plymouth Elementary School and Friends of the Arts, and is a two-time winner of the Moss Hart Award for excellence in children’s and community theatre, and the Hippo Press “Best of Everything.”
ETC is in its 16th year of producing integrated arts experiences and intergenerational theatre that includes community members, elementary, high school and university students and PSU faculty and staff from more than 20 towns. The goal of ETC is to produce the highest quality theatre and integrated arts experiences possible, through collaborations with Plymouth State University, area schools and the community.
The 2010 production is presented in partnership with the PSU College of Graduate Studies, Plymouth Elementary School and Friends of the Arts and is dedicated to Alex Ray, founder of the Common Man Family of Restaurants.
Information about events at the Silver Center is available online at http://silver.plymouth.edu.
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