First Stage Theater Academy Director
This show at its core is about community. The students are actually playing themselves while interpreting the given text. As a production staff, we wanted the students to know from the onset that this is not about who is playing which part but that they are now all part of this GODSPELL family. All are important and equal. For this reason, when the cast list went out, we listed everyone as an ensemble and did not designate particular roles. We will create that in the rehearsal room together.
One of the biggest challenges we foresee is overcoming the assumption that this is a religious musical. Yes, there is a character called Jesus and another Judas. Yes, this is based on the gospel according to St. Matthew. Yes, there are a lot of references to God. But at the end of the day it is about love, hope, faith, trust, respect, communication and community. Not about the religion. This show is about individuals coming together to create something wonderful. Unfortunately, those objectives are crushed when one of their own turns on them. At the end of the play, they realize that we need to depend on each other to continue forward with hope and love.
a presentation of the Young Company
Conceived & Originally Directed by John-Michael Tebelak
Based on The Gospel According to St. Matthew
Directed by Katie Cummings
Musical Director Adam Baus
Friday, December 7, 2012 @ 7:00pm
Saturday, December 8, 2012 @ 2:00pm & 7:00pm
Sunday, December 9, 2012 @ 2:00pm
Youth Arts Hall, Milwaukee Youth Arts Center
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