A Joyful Noise Coming to Old Academy: GODSPELL

by Patricia Bradford

Old Academy Players proudly presents the exciting, internationally acclaimed musical GODSPELL by Stephen Schwartz and John Michael Tebelak.

Old Academy presents the joyous musical GODSPELL which runs June 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 2015. Annie Hnatko, Musical Director/Director; Art Henry, Co-Music Director; Amanda Falivene-Roicco, Choreographer; and Stephen Hnatko, Producer, are thrilled to present this fast-paced, comedy-filled delight!

“GODSPELL is a joyously noisy romp that goes off like an extra-long string of firecrackers…a fizzy, family-friendly show that deserves to run…well, forever.” The Wall Street Journal

The stellar cast dazzles you with talent. Amy Tarr portrays Jesus; Nicholas Trawick portrays Judas. Disciples include: Amanda Falivene-Roicco, Josh Keiter, Brianna Lopez, Melissa Montgomery, Mariah Ritchie, Gina Marie Schwoerer, Chris Wunder, and Faith Yesner.

GODSPELL speaks and sings a litany of love and hope. The wildly successful Broadway musical tells the most beloved parables according to St. Matthew and St. Luke. The parables of the Prodigal Son; the Good Samaritan; the Pharisee; the Tax Collector, and the Woman taken in Adultery are interspersed with a variety of modern music set primarily to lyrics from traditional hymns. GODSPELL leads the ragtag group of disciples further and further into a realization of the nature of the man they are following. The music is eclectic including the standard, Day By Day. There is a mixture of the modern and the enduring in the re-telling for contemporary audiences of the ageless story.

Old Academy Players, located at 3544 Indian Queen Lane in East Falls, has provided continuous community theater since 1923, and featured the acting debuts of both Grace Kelly and Robert Prosky. All tickets for musicals are $20. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m., and Sunday performances are at 2 p.m. Parking for all performances is free. For reservations, call (215) 843-1109 or visit the theater’s website at www.oldacademyplayers.org for more information.

Old Academy Players coming attractions include:
Our annual festival featuring lots of comedy, new works, new directors and plenty of laughs!
A 3-day workshop introducing children to the basics of music, movement, and acting!
[Enrollment: $100 per child; $80 per each additional sibling ~ Deadline July 17, 2015]

Theater/Organization OLD ACADEMY PLAYERS
Theater/Organization Website: http://www.oldacademyplayers.org

Theater/Organization Address: 3544 INDIAN QUEEN LANE Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19129 (Map It)
Theater/Organization Phone: (215) 843-1109

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