"Godspell," based on the 2011 Broadway revival, is a classic rock musical by Stephen Schwartz and John Michael-Tebelak. Set against the backdrop of a modern day city, "Godspell" uses parables and stories to tell the greater theme of diversity, tolerance and community. The message of the show is love and through music and stories, this message comes alive on stage.
Director Chris Turner decided on "Godspell" after finding out that the students went to see the musical on a trip to New York. When he heard that they took away the universal message of love and good, he knew that this was the right fit for Mount Pleasant.
"We live in a time when bullying is prevalent not only in schools, but also online," Turner said. "Our kids are immersed in technology and phones and rarely take time to look up and say hello. A show like 'Godspell' is the perfect opportunity to remind the community that we can be tolerant of all people, accept everyone, and love everyone no matter who or what they are. The students involved in this show come from all walks of life. By entering this theater and committing to this show, they committed themselves to learning how to accept everyone."
As always, the school is relying on a broad network of supporting families and businesses. As Mount Pleasant High School Principal James Simmons has stated, "The support from local businesses and parents greatly contributes to our efforts to offer a high-quality, affordable musical theater production to the community. We are very grateful for the involvement and the dedication demonstrated."
Turner's creative team features: assistant director/assistant choreographer Kim Turner; choreography by Trish Ignudo; musical direction by Christine Stief; student direction by Amy Koss; technical direction by Matt Coyle; set design by James Kerrigan.
The cast includes: Ian Miller, Brandon Leung, Emma Johnson, Hailey Richmond-Boudewyns, Kirstie Forrest, Eric Bailey, Savannah Strange, David Simpson, Ryan Squire, Kiki Bacot, Michelle Ley, Bailey Woodruff, Emma Chambless, Claire Gerchman, Hannah Schmeck, Annie Garner, Shelly Sprague, Emma Richmond-Boudewyns, Sophia Leslie, John Kee, Darryl Banks, Tristan Leung, James Williams, MaryGrace Colonna, Tesa Stone, Adriana Brown, Noelle Brown, Nigel Clark, Thomas Giorgi, Grace Kerrigan, Corrine Freeth, Autumn Apsley, Danielle Henry, Chris Johnson, Izzy Jefferies-Weinfeld, Phoenix Ridings, Alex Hazen, Alyssa Wesley, Lilah Kleban, Chris Schmeck, Deja Woodson.
"Godspell" will be performed with a live band on Thursday, March 14 at 7 p.m., Friday, March 15 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 16 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Mount Pleasant High School located at 5201 Washington Street Extension, Wilmington. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $8 for children, students, and senior citizens, $15 for Reserve your seat/early admission tickets. Seating is general admission (first come, first served), and tickets can be purchased at the door beginning one hour prior to the start of the show. Doors open 45 minutes prior to show time for the reserved seating, 20 minutes before show time for general admission. For more information, visit mphsdrama.com.
Donations are being accepted for Goodwill Industries at all shows, including clothing and small household goods. Donation carts will be located outside the auditorium.