November 6, 2000
The Music Theatre Company at Plymouth State College presents Godspell November 14-18 at the Silver Cultural Arts Center. Performances are 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Since its premiere in 1971, Godspell has remained an immensely successful rock opera because of its timeless themes of community, joy and celebration. In the years since it left Broadway, Godspell has been performed innumerable times by troupes across the country, each bringing their own vision and interpretation to the production.
At Plymouth the interpretation is contemporary and topically-related to current day issues, according to Godspell Director, Elizabeth Cox. The setting is the back side of an abandoned building, with plenty of open space for ensemble numbers and dance. Cox says, “Actors are dressed as modern college students and songs utilize contemporary rhythms like rap, hip hop and country to quickly connect today’s audience with themes in the 30-year-old musical.”
Godspell tells the story of the last seven days of Christ’s life, based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew. One reviewer says, “Godspell … reveals the hearts and minds of a young generation as they discover, through parables and lessons, how peace and love can rule the world. … The story of Godspell speaks to the passion of Jesus Christ; to teach love and joy in the hearts of people rather than hate and sadness. It speaks of loving your neighbor, forgiveness, tolerance and celebration.”
Godspell originally opened off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre on May 17, 1971. It then moved to the Promenade on Broadway and 76th Street where it ran for 2,124 performances. The show’s “official” Broadway opening took place at the Broadhurst Theatre on June 22, 1976. This production lasted for 527 performances. The 1973 film version featured Victor Garber and David Haskell.
Tickets for the performance are $9 general admission at the PSC box office, (603) 535-ARTS. If special accommodations are needed, please call in advance.
[Note: both Saturday performances are sold out.]