'Godspell' to be performed at ASU Saturday and Sunday
by Anna Oakes
To celebrate Holy Week in the High Country, a concert production of the award-winning musical "Godspell" will be presented Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24, at First Baptist Church, located at 375 W. King St.
The Appalachian Musical Theatre Ensemble and Appalachian Spiritual Life Association have partnered for the event, which will be presented at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, and 3 p.m. on Palm Sunday, March 24. The production involves more than two dozen students in the cast, crew and live orchestra.
Admission is free, but seating is limited. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance.
Based on the Gospel of Matthew, "Godspell" brings the parables of Jesus Christ humanly and hearteningly to life through music, song and dance. This production is the regional premiere of the newest version of the work, which appeared on Broadway in 2012. It features a score by Stephen Schwartz and boasts a string of well-loved songs, led by the international hit "Day By Day" and such classic tunes as "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 production is co-directed by ASU senior theatre major Tyler Quick and Keith Martin, the John M. Blackburn Distinguished Professor of Theatre, with choreography by junior Kellie Letner. Musical direction is by Dr. Joby Bell with vocal direction by Dr. Linda Larson, both faculty members in the Hayes School of Music.
"While this type of 'town and gown' relationship between the university and the community in which we are based has long been a cherished tradition in Boone, 'Godspell' takes it to a whole new level," said the Rev. Tommy Brown, Presbyterian campus minister. "The excitement about this joint venture is palpable and we are all looking forward to the production."
First Baptist Church is located at 375 W. King St., adjacent to the ASU campus. Parking is available in surface lots beside and behind the church as well as on King Street and in the College Street parking deck near Belk Library and Information Commons.