Jones County Arts presents Godspell

Jones County Arts is currently putting the final touches on Godspell, its 2018 spring musical. The cast of thirteen, along with a live orchestra, will bring Stephen Schwartz’s longtime favorite to life here in Gray at the W.E. Knox Civic Center March 23-25.

Godspell is the portrayal of the parables of Matthew in a very modern setting,” Jones County Arts director Lisa Mullis said. “There is vaudeville-like comedy, wisdom, and tragedy, mixed together with some tremendous songs.”

Godspell was the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, East of Eden, Pippen). The show opened off Broadway in 1971 and has taken the world by storm, a favorite of theatres and churches. In the musical, a small group of characters help Jesus Christ tell parables, most from the Gospel of Matthew. The parables are interspersed with an eclectic blend of music, most set to lyrics from traditional hymns, from ballads to raucous 70’s rock. Many will recognize “Day by Day“, which reached #13 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart in 1972. Godspell ends with a haunting depiction of the Last Supper and the Crucifixion. Throughout, it is a unique and touching portrayal of Jesus’ messages of kindness, tolerance, and love.

The musical will also feature a live orchestra, a new addition to Jones County Arts’ productions. Donna Kurtz, the show’s musical director, will play piano and keyboards. Greg Mullis, Lisa’s husband and the technical director for previous shows, will come out of the sound booth to play drums. 

“The musical numbers in this show are amazing,” Greg commented. “We couldn’t use tracks for something this special. If you love the music of the ‘70s, you are in for a treat. It will truly have you rocking one minute and in tears the next.”

The production includes 13 college, high school and middle school students from Jones County.  The part of Jesus is played by Hunter Smith, a junior at Jones County High School. John the Baptist is portrayed by Travis Aultman, a sophomore at Georgia College and State University. Other major roles are portrayed by Sofi Delisa, Elizabeth Pecorilli, and Michael Ford (JCHS), Sarah Peterson and Reagan Rowland, (homeschooled), and Bethany Tapee (GSMS). Also appearing in the cast are Gavin Ward, Taylor McPherson, Ashlynn Phillips, Lily Smith, and Abby Sauls. 

The director said also new for Godspell is discounted seating for groups. 

Godspell is a great show for groups to attend together. It’s a perfect way to spend the evening or afternoon matinee with your church Sunday school class, youth group, or civic club.” 

Groups of fifteen or more can take advantage of $5 seat prices with advance purchase. Regular price tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Seats can be reserved at the Jones County Chamber of Commerce during business hours or by visiting the Jones County Arts box office in the lobby at the W. E. Knox Civic Center Theater on March 13, 15, 20 and 22 from 6pm-7pm. 

Mullis said even though it’s being presented the week before Easter, Godspell is no cantata.

“It’s an edgy, modern view of how Jesus, his disciples, and other characters around Him in the Bible, might look and sound if set in modern times,” she said. “And I think each member of the audience will get something different out of it—a religious experience, an entertaining two hours of music and drama, or both.”

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