Meadville Tribune

Entertainment

August 8, 2013

Local youth to stage 'Godspell' at Academy Theatre

MEADVILLE — Prepare ye for the French Creek Community Theater production of “Godspell,” the beloved classic from Stephen Schwartz, the Grammy and Academy Award-winning composer of “Wicked” and “Pippin.” This classic story of friendship, community, loyalty and love has touched the hearts of countless audience members all over the world.

The play will be performed Aug. 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 11 at 2 p.m. at the Academy Theatre, 275 Chestnut St., Meadville. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at the Academy Box Office, by calling 337-8000 or by visiting theacademytheatre.org.

The show is composed of various musical parables from The Gospel According to Matthew. Jesus Christ recruits a group of followers and teaches them various lessons through song and dance. The show follows through to the last days of Christ as Jesus is betrayed by Judas and eventually crucified.

Under the direction of Doug Burdick, Missy Potts and Jonah Foxman, the show includes all of the well-loved songs from the original production, including “Day By Day,” “Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord,” “Learn Your Lessons Well,” “All For The Best,” “All Good Gifts,” “Turn Back, O Man” and “By My Side.”

The cast includes a team of talented local actors including Brenham Potts as “Jesus” and Bob Weber as “John the Baptist/Judas.”

Disciples who bring the parables to life include Nicole Burdick, Zach Cole, Roarke Fernandez, Roxanna Fernandez, Hannah Foxman, Jonah Foxman, Tiffany Gentry, Cody Gould, Holly Gustafson, Joely Haregsin, Alexa Lobins, Billee Myers, Jenna Ploski, Zach Skeba and Sarah Wright.

Gretchen Kerr, previously a local resident and most recently found on the stage in the Erie Playhouse productions of “Les Miserables” and “Sense and Sensibility,” returns to the Academy stage in a special appearance.

Rounding out the cast is an energetic choir made up of Amber Burchard, Kelsey Cole, Eden Dorta, Grace Foxman, Paul Leech, Bella Linz, Ariana Palmiero, Brenna Palmiero, Alex Rodgers, Joel Ploski, Jordyn Ploski, Brianna Skeba, Evie McClymonds, Shane McClymonds and Zara McClymonds.

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