Savannah Christian Church’s senior high youth are presenting “Godspell,” a musical written by John Michael Tebelak with lyrics and music by Stephen Schwartz.
The production is set for Friday through Sunday at 7 p.m. at Savannah Christian at 55 Al Henderson Blvd.
“Godspell” is a lively musical based on the gospel of Matthew, telling Jesus’ life story and teachings through parables and songs. The show, written in the 1970s, became a huge Broadway and international success that has captivated thousands and features some of the best-loved songs from modern musicals including “Day By Day.”
“‘Godspell’ is a high-energy musical that tells the story of Jesus and the community of believers who followed him. It’s not preachy. It’s just storytelling plain and simple,” said drama director Wayne Sullivan. “An ensemble of actors performs many of the parables from Matthew in a fun, engaging way that anyone can understand. Many of the songs were actually developed from old hymns, though you might not recognize them with their updated pop/rock arrangements.”
Using improvisation and contemporary themes to illustrate the parables, Godspell brings these lessons to life through the grand tradition of musical theatre. The show also touchingly presents the story of Jesus' last moments beginning with the Last Supper. The main story of “Godspell” is portrayed in the show's subtext, in the way the players interact with their leader, coming together to create a loving community.
“‘Godspell’ is that great kind of show that families can watch together and enjoy, whether or not they go to church or consider themselves religious. I’ve also seen church groups and individuals who were deeply moved by this musical,” Sullivan said.
The production is structured as a continuous stream of parables and stories. It is sketch-like in nature, meaning that the show is particularly suited to improvisation.
“This production of ‘Godspell’ will be unlike any you’ve seen before,” Sullivan said.
Admission is free. For more information, visit www.SavannahChristian.com or call (912) 925-9657.