Day by day, the San Marin High School Music Department has been preparing for its first musical of the school year, and the curtain will be opened on Godspell starting Oct. 18 and running through Oct. 21
Directed by Pat Nims with choreography by San Marin senior Jennifer Brodsky, the Stephen Schwartz musical opens with protesters in turmoil about volatile sociological conditions and what leads them to consider tolerance, community, love and forgiveness as alternatives to their anger and negativity. Prepare to be surprised and delighted at the many “miracles” that occur on stage in this production.
Godspell is a family-friendly musical based on the Gospel of St. Matthew and is one of the biggest Broadway and off-Broadway successes of all time. It debuted in 1971 and made it to Broadway in 1976. If you're curious about what happened to the original Broadway cast, click here. Schwartz went on to bring Pippin and Wicked to Broadway as well.
The show has a pop/rock score that earned Schwartz a Tony Award in 1997. The performance draws from various theatrical traditions, such as clowning, pantomime and vaudeville. It was recently revived on Broadway and San Marin’s production includes new music along with original songs such as “Day By Day” (a 1970s pop hit), “Prepare Ye the Way of The Lord”, “Learn Your Lessons Well”, “All Good Gifts”, and others. The ensemble cast of 21 students is supported by a live band and a student tech crew.
Musical direction is by San Marin music teacher Allison McIvor and Emily Gates. Costume design is by San Marin student Caitlyn Keaney, and scenic design is by San Marin student Sophie Block.
Show times are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18-19, 8 p.m. Oct. 20 and 2 p.m. Oct. 21. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door, and are available at San Marin High School or at www.brownpapertickets.com.