Written by John Michael Tebelak and Composer/Lyricist Stephen Schwartz
Co-produced by TheatreZone and FGCU's Bower School of Music & the Arts
Based upon the gospel accounts of Matthew and Luke in the Bible as told by playwright John Michael Tebelak and composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz, this Tony Award-nominated story focuses on the life of Jesus and his earliest followers and features songs in styles ranging from pop to vaudeville.
Director Mark Danni has assembled a cast of professional actors (members of the Actors Equity Association) and FGCU students. Karen Molnar will choreograph and Robin Frank (a FGCU faculty member) will music direct as well as play the piano.
Equity actors include Alex Jorth as Jesus. Jorth returns to TheatreZone after his debut performance as the charismatic Frankie in the season 9 finale production of Forever Plaid. TheatreZone fan favorite Gerritt VanderMeer (also a FGCU faculty member) has a brief scene as John the Baptist and the announcer of the coming of the messiah. VanderMeer also plays Judas, shifting his character from good to evil with the drop of a parable. Carolann Sanita-VanderMeer (another FGCU faculty member) most recently seen as Tracy Lord in TheatreZone’s production of High Society will play one of the disciples. Daniel Schwab, who has acted in several TheatreZone productions including Little Women, Grand Hotel and 110 in the Shade, has also been cast as a disciple.
The six other disciples will be played by FGCU theatre/music students and the live band conducted by music director/pianist Robin Frank, accompanied by FGCU music students playing guitar, bass and drums.
Godspell will take place in the cozy 100-seat FGCU TheatreLab.
Performances will be Thursday, October 2 at 8:00 p.m., Friday, October 3 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, October 4 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 5 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $45 and $40 per person plus a $2 per ticket fee and available by calling TheatreZone at 1-888-ZONE-FLA, 1-888-966-3352 or purchased online at www.theatrezone-florida.com.
*Please note that tickets for this production are not available through the FGCU Box Office and are not a part of FGCU's subscription series.