Godspell to Open Theatre Season

“Godspell,” one of the biggest on and off-Broadway successes of all time, will open the William Woods University theatre season.

According to Joe Potter, WWU assistant professor and artistic director of theatre, “Godspell” is a unique reflection on the life of Jesus, with a message of kindness, tolerance and love.

The show also brings together on stage two Fulton High School graduates who have been life-long friends—Joshua Potter and Carissa Biele. They went to school together from kindergarten through high school and have appeared onstage in a variety of performances, including plays, musicals and choral performances in grade school, middle school and high school.

The play features Potter as Jesus, and Jason Flauaus of St. Charles, Mo., as John the Baptist and Judas. Other student cast members, in addition to Biele, include Jamie Kay Heisler of Portland, Ore.; Jared Krichevsky of Culver City, Calif.; Lindsey Mertes of Branson, Mo.; Lindz Pace of Rolla, Mo.; Meghan Parks of Quincy, Ill.; Daniel Saults of Rolla, Mo.; and Buddy Staats of Hermann, Mo.

Based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew, the production was written and originally directed by John Michael Tebelak and features a sparkling score by Stephen Schwartz.

The production draws from various theatrical traditions, such as pantomime, charades, acrobatics and vaudeville, and re-creates such powerful scenes as the Last Supper and the Crucifixion.

“Godspell” also features a string of well-loved songs, including “Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord,” “Learn Your Lessons Well,” “All For The Best,” “All Good Gifts,” “Turn Back, O Man,” “By My Side,” and the international hit, “Day By Day”—all of which help bring the parables of Jesus Christ to life.

Guest artist Kathy Potter will direct the production. Performances are scheduled for Oct. 17, 18, 24 and 25 in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center. A matinee performance is scheduled for Oct. 19 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets for “Godspell are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. For tickets, call the box office at (573) 592-4267. For more information, call Joe Potter at (573) 592-4281.