The St. Michaels Middle High School Drama Department proudly presents Godspell! A mega-hit on Broadway, Godspell was radiantly revisited with crisp, new arrangements and an injection of contemporary references in 2012 by its composer, Stephen Schwartz. Audience members will be pleased by the show’s message, while younger patrons will delight in the jokes that may feel a bit more "inside" towards their generation. This musical is a story about community, especially the best of our small town when it accepts what each member offers. With a story that is already familiar in so many ways, this production takes on a particularly personal feel with its setting imagined in our own hometown. See the SMMHS theater transform into our community, from Talbot Street businesses, to Muskrat Park, to the beauty of the waterfront - cast and crew work together to recreate parts of the town of St. Michaels to bring you a lively version of what a community can do when it works together.
Performances will be in the St. Michaels Middle High School Theater, 200 Seymour Ave. in St. Michaels. The show opens on Thursday, February 27 at 7 PM, with 3 more performances following on Friday, February 28 and Saturday, March 1 at 7 PM, and Sunday, March 2 at 1 PM. (Inclement weather dates have been reserved for the following weekend, if needed.) Tickets, $10 for adults and $5 for students, can be purchased at the door, and are also available in advance at the St. Michaels Middle High School office and Reeser's Pharmacy in St. Michaels, and Crackerjacks and Rise Up Coffee in Easton. The doors will open one half hour before performance time. Concessions will be available at intermission. Have you seen Godspell on Broadway, or a production by a community theater group or another school? Wear your Godspell T-shirt from any other production and receive one free item at our concession table!
Directed and produced by Carol Reed, with choral direction by Amy Martin, Godspell is performed by a talented cast of 16 middle and high school students and 4 faculty members. Jesus is portrayed by Hannah Gill, and Stewart Mitchell plays John the Baptist and Judas. Followers of Jesus are Nikki (Zoe Thomas), Telly (Jack Gill), Georgie (Mackenzie Campbell), Anna Maria (Julie Swaine), Lindsay (Rebecca Bibeau), Uzo (Jacob Wheatley), Morgan (Victoria Alvarez), and Celisse (Olesia Vinje). Tenijah Jenkins, Julia Jester, Stepanie Rasinski, Blake Rogers, and India Tran portray disciples. We also meet several philosophers and theologians - Thomas Aquinas (Ziola Berry), Galileo (Mr. Nick Werner), Hegel (Mr. Michael Geoffrey), Marianne Williamson (Miss Mary Petras), and Socrates (Mr. James Kunz). The tradition from previous shows of live orchestral accompaniment will continue with Godspell. This year's orchestra, conducted by Heather Schimpf, features local professionals and community members Bill Gross, Amy Martin, Sean Pietras, Brian Robinson and Alison Rodrigues.
The St. Michaels Middle High School production of Godspell is made possible by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council, with additional support from Talbot County Public Schools, our local business community, and individual donors.