Sturgis Area Arts Council - Event Details

Auditions for Godspell
Sunday, May 6 and Monday, May 7
6:00-8:00pm
Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis

Sturgis thespians began producing musicals in the summer of 1999. To celebrate the 20th run of summer plays, the SAAC drama committee is planning a reprise of Godspell, 1999's first production.

Based on the Gospel according to Matthew and Luke, Godspell is the first musical theatre offering from composer Stephen Schwartz. Schwartz continued to write other well-known hits such as Wicked, Pippin, and Children of Eden. Godspell first opened off Broadway in 1971. Several albums featuring songs from the musical have been released over the years and "Day by Day" reached #13 on the Billboard pop singles chart in the summer of 1972. This international hit, as well as an eclectic blend of songs ranging from pop to vaudeville, help play out Jesus' life onstage. The '70s style music is set to lyrics from other more traditional hymns but is definitely considered non-traditional.

The cast is composed of a comedic troupe who team up with Jesus as they present a series of parables, mostly written in the Gospel of Matthew, but three recorded only in the Gospel of Luke. Even after the crucifixion scene, Jesus' message of kindness, tolerance, and love continues to shine. Jesus and John the Baptist/Judas are the leading male parts, but the troupe will include both male and female actors high school age and older.

Auditions are set for May 6th and 7th from 6:00-8:00pm each evening at the Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis. The musical will play from June 21-25 at the Sturgis Community Center and will be directed by June Dill. Any help from the community with costumes and/or set will be appreciated. You may call Marlene Kotab at 347-1375 to volunteer.


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