Hickory – Lenoir-Rhyne University will continue its 2017-18 Playmakers season with a production of Godspell (2012 Revised Version). The play will be performed Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 22-24 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 25 at 2:30 p.m. All performances will take place in Belk Centrum Theatre.
Conceived and originally directed by John-Michael Tebelak with music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, the 2012 revised version includes contemporary cultural references, noticeably updated from the original 1971 production. Godspell provides for a time of singing, dancing, and storytelling with Jesus and a group of followers. Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew, this musical of love and friendship includes a rock band and high energy performances.
Dr. Lindsay Weitkamp, LRU assistant professor of theatre, is the director. Musical direction is provided by Dr. Christopher Nigrelli, professor of music, and vocal coaching and accompaniment is provided by Jeana Borman, instructor of music.
The play features a cast of LRU students including Chase Fowler, Katie Kennedy, Ricky Lineberry, Brianna Miller, Sam Miller, Ashton Pesterfield, Mason Segers, Ariona Smith, Corey Smith, and Jessica Sprinkle. Mili Koncelik is the stage manager and Callie Cope is the assistant stage manager and assistant choreographer.
Godspell (2012 Revised Version) is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.
Admission is free, but tickets are required due to limited seating. Tickets are available at the door or can be picked up at the LRU Box office in P.E. Monroe Auditorium. Box office hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, visit lr.edu/publicevents or call 828.328.7206 for ticket information.
LRU’s Playmakers stimulate interest in the dramatic arts and provide a theatre experience for the community. They are also considered the official producing body for the LRU theatre program.