Staples Players to stage ‘Godspell’ this week
Published 6:16 am, Tuesday, July 21, 2015
“Godspell,” a musical based on events depicted in the gospel of St. Matthew, will be performed this week by the Staples Players.
The troupe’s summer production will be on stage at the high school at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, plus a 3 p.m. matinee Saturday.
“I grew up listening to and loving the music from ‘Godspell,’ ” David Roth, the show’s director, said in release publicizing the show. “But what attracted us to ‘Godspell’ as a summer show was its upbeat message of love and tolerance ... It is also a great show for the entire family, regardless of your religious beliefs.”
The production is being staged with Staples Players veterans and incoming freshmen, as well as performers from neighboring communities.
“The actors take on a number of different roles in the show,” said Caroline Rossi (Staples ’14), a Staples Players alumna and the show’s assistant director. “It has been awesome to watch them go outside of their comfort zones and personalize each role.”
The show’s comic and improvisational style gives the actors the chance to stretch creatively, according to the production team.“The style of the show has given us the opportunity to present biblical parables in an unconventional, yet thoroughly enjoyable way,” said Rossi. “There’s rapping, puppets and even a game of Pictionary incorporated into the production. It’s just as much fun for the actors as it will be for the audience.”
The score for “Godspell” was nominated for a Tony Award, and spans the genres of rock, blues, gospel, ballad and ragtime. Its best-known song is “Day by Day,” and the Staples Players’ production will feature new arrangements for the show’s 2012 Broadway revival.
Tickets to the Staples Players’ production of “Godspell” are on sale at www.staplesplayers.com. Tickets will also be sold at the door 30 minutes prior to each performance, subject to availability. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Senior citizens may purchase tickets to the July 25 matinee for $5.