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By Mike Giuliano | October 25, 2011
Prepare ye the way of another revival of "Godspell," whose hippie-era aura makes it a cultural relic from early 1970s pop culture. It would not be reasonable to expect this perky musical to seem as fresh now as it did way back when, but the production at Vagabond Players serves as a lively reminder that this show still knows how to lift the spirits. Baby-boomers who first saw this musical at a tender age probably have had its score stored away in their subconscious ever since then.
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
Pasadena Theatre Company has an enduring affection for the 1971 musical "Godspell" that ensures the company returns to the show every few years. The latest incarnation, set to open Aug. 15 for a two-weekend, six-show run at Anne Arundel Community College's Humanities Recital Hall, will delight returning fans as well as those experiencing the show for the first time. This is the troupe's fifth production of "Godspell," a show that's not only an audience favorite, but is embraced by the crew and cast for its variety, from humor to reverent interpretation.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,Contributing Writer | March 12, 1993
As Easter approaches, the students of Westminster High School are preparing to put the story of the book of St. Matthew on stage in the modern-day musical, "Godspell."The 1971 play, featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. March 18 through 20 in the high school auditorium, 1225 Washington Road.Through skits and songs by a group of traveling carnival clowns, "Godspell" relates biblical stories, which include the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist, the parables, the Beatitudes and the Crucifixion.
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By Reed Hellman | October 30, 2013
For Catonsville Children's Theatre founder and executive director, Nick Gough, and his wife, Barbara, enabling children to act is the goal, not memorizing lines or rote repetition of a script. Nick said the young actors are considered "partners" and encouraged to take ownership in each production. While the group does perform some scripted shows, most are what the Goughs call original productions in which the young actors create and develop their own characters. "It's a process-oriented, child-driven philosophy that encourages confidence and self esteem and erases fear," Nick said.
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
Pasadena Theatre Company has an enduring affection for the 1971 musical "Godspell" that ensures the company returns to the show every few years. The latest incarnation, set to open Aug. 15 for a two-weekend, six-show run at Anne Arundel Community College's Humanities Recital Hall, will delight returning fans as well as those experiencing the show for the first time. This is the troupe's fifth production of "Godspell," a show that's not only an audience favorite, but is embraced by the crew and cast for its variety, from humor to reverent interpretation.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | June 24, 1999
The Maryland Arts Festival at Towson University continues with tomorrow's opening of "Godspell," directed by Todd Pearthree.A retelling of the Gospel According to St. Matthew, the 1971 musical has a book by John-Michael Tebelak and a score by Stephen Schwartz. Sean Patrick Kennedy will portray Jesus in Pearthree's production, which the director has re-conceived with a 1990s flavor."Godspell" will be presented in the Mainstage Theatre in Towson University's Center for the Arts, Osler and Cross Campus drives.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,Contributing Writer | August 6, 1993
"Godspell," the popular rock account of the Gospel according to St. Matthew, is a creative, unpretentious show eminently worth doing well, which it certainly is at the Annapolis Summer Garden Theater.It is playing there Thursday through Sunday evenings through Sept. 4.Director Michael Gilles has assembled a talented, well-intentioned cast that works extremely hard to bring the many lessons and parables across to the audience. Though somewhat variable in vocal talent, the players expend admirable amounts of physical and facial energy to convey the joy of the piece.
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By Tim Weinfeld and Tim Weinfeld,Contributing theater critic | March 6, 1991
No production of the popular musical "Godspell" can succeed without a childlike sense of wonder and the accompanying ebullient enthusiasmof the young. The Western Maryland College Theatre production has both."Godspell," written 21 years ago by Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Trebelak, is based on the Gospel of St. Matthew and presentedin the "chamber theater" mode so popular in the 1970s. Chamber theater refers to the staging of narrative prose that depends on improvisation and inventive interpretation to release the literature's meanings and power.
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By Christy Kruhm and Christy Kruhm,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 4, 2001
WHILE IT MIGHT not be Broadway, Calvary Christian Outreach Drama Ministry will take to the stage in a musical production of "Godspell." The play will be presented this weekend and next at Calvary United Methodist Church, 403 S. Main St., Mount Airy. Curtain time is 7 p.m. today, Sunday and May 12 and 13. Through music, drama and dance, the musical tells the parables and stories of Jesus as recorded in the Bible's New Testament Book of Matthew, said Clydia Koch, executive producer and director.
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By Winifred Walsh and Winifred Walsh,Evening Sun Staff | August 22, 1991
A bright and bouncy production of the spirited soft-rock musical, "Godspell," is on stage at the White Marsh Dinner Theatre.Directed with smart theatrical flair by Lewis Lebrun, this entertaining contemporary re-telling of the Gospel according to St. Matthew is presented through 15 songs that highlight the main events in the life of Jesus Christ -- from baptism to the joyful "spreading of the word" among the masses to the moving Crucifixion finale.Performed...
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By Mike Giuliano | October 25, 2011
Prepare ye the way of another revival of "Godspell," whose hippie-era aura makes it a cultural relic from early 1970s pop culture. It would not be reasonable to expect this perky musical to seem as fresh now as it did way back when, but the production at Vagabond Players serves as a lively reminder that this show still knows how to lift the spirits. Baby-boomers who first saw this musical at a tender age probably have had its score stored away in their subconscious ever since then.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | October 20, 2011
As a New York-based actress, Sarah Beth Pfeifer begins her mornings surfing the Internet to decide which auditions to attend. Recently, one caught her eye: a bus tour production about a girl who overcomes peer pressure and bullying to realize her dreams. The Mount Hebron High School graduate, who grew up in Ellicott City, landed several parts in the production, "Cassandra's Angel," which is now on a 20-city, 20-week nationwide tour that includes schools and other venues in the Baltimore-Washington area this month.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,Special to The Sun | May 21, 2008
The Pasadena Theatre Company has an affinity for Godspell, which it first performed in 1999, became its most successful show ever when it ran for the second time in 2000 and was a strong crowd-pleaser when it was last revived in April 2005. Now the troupe is rehearsing the musical a fourth time around for a one-weekend run at the Anne Arundel Community College Humanities Recital Hall. "This show is back by popular demand," director Chuck Dick said before rehearsal last week at Unity by the Bay Church in Severna Park.
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October 28, 2007
Mount Hebron High School drama department will perform the musical Godspell at 7 p.m. Nov. 14, 15, 16 and 17 in the school auditorium. The cast and crew have dedicated the performances to the memory of Doug Dellinger, a 2005 graduate who was killed Aug. 15 in an car accident. "He was a wonderful young man who was admired by so many," wrote drama teacher Thomas L. Sankey in an e-mail. "He was in many of my school shows and was enthusiastic, positive and a joy to be around." The show, which includes a cast of 15, is directed by Sankey.
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By [ANNA EISENBERG] | July 5, 2007
`Pinafore' docks in Baltimore The lowdown -- The Young Victorian Theatre Company presents the comic opera HMS Pinafore this weekend. The directors have changed the show's setting from the British Portsmouth harbor to Baltimore's Inner Harbor, so be prepared for hometown laughs. If you go -- Showtimes are 10:30 a.m. (children's matinee) and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. July 12-14 and 3 p.m. July 15. Tickets are $36 ($15 for the children's matinee). The opera is performed at Bryn Mawr School's Centennial Hall, 109 W. Melrose Ave. in Roland Park.
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By MARY JOHNSON and MARY JOHNSON,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 1, 2007
Godspell is an inspired opener for Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre's season. It is the most joyously energetic and reverent production of this show I've yet seen. Since it first appeared in 1971, John-Michael Tebelak's show with music by Stephen Schwartz has offered freedom and flexibility of interpretation for directors and actors. ASGT Director/choreographer Doug Kotula sets the action in a contemporary New York City subway car adorned with graffiti proclaiming Jesus as Savior. "It made sense that Jesus could appear in such a familiar subway setting among stereotypical New Yorkers," said Kotula, a former New York University student.
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By Pat Brodowski and Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 1, 1996
A GARBAGE DUMP, the Bible and a dozen singing dancers in tie-dyed clothing are the unusual elements of the musical production "Godspell," coming up at North Carroll High School.The school drama club produces one musical a year. Students are at the helm of this production, with senior April Deigert as accompanist for the entire score and student Jaime Bolster assisting choreographer Michelle Stricklin (of the North Carroll Recreation Council). All but one member of the 12-member cast has been in the award-winning North Carroll Ensemble.
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By MARY JOHNSON and MARY JOHNSON,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 1, 2007
Godspell is an inspired opener for Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre's season. It is the most joyously energetic and reverent production of this show I've yet seen. Since it first appeared in 1971, John-Michael Tebelak's show with music by Stephen Schwartz has offered freedom and flexibility of interpretation for directors and actors. ASGT Director/choreographer Doug Kotula sets the action in a contemporary New York City subway car adorned with graffiti proclaiming Jesus as Savior. "It made sense that Jesus could appear in such a familiar subway setting among stereotypical New Yorkers," said Kotula, a former New York University student.
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By MARY JOHNSON and MARY JOHNSON,Special to The Sun | May 25, 2007
Two events this week signal the start of summer in Annapolis: Naval Academy Commissioning Week and the opening of Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre. The outdoor theater across from City Dock opens its 41st season of three shows tonight: Godspell, which runs through June 23, followed by Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd in July and Thoroughly Modern Millie in August. At Godspell rehearsal on Saturday morning at West Annapolis Elementary School, director Douglas Kotula said his love for New York City inspired him to stage the production on a New York subway car. Jesus appears as the conductor and Judas as a Wall Street entrepreneur with the disciples stereotypical New Yorkers.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 25, 2005
Next Saturday, Pasadena Theatre Company brings back Godspell, a show that became its most successful ever when it last ran in 2000. John Michael Tebelak's Godspell, with music by Stephen Schwartz, opened in New York in 1971. The musical was conceived on Easter Sunday 1970, when long-haired Tebelak, a Carnegie Mellon University student, was returning from what he described as a dull Easter sunrise service and was stopped by a police officer and searched for drugs. The experience was the inspiration for Godspell, which Tebelak produced at Carnegie with a score consisting mostly of old Episcopal hymns played by a rock band.
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