Godspell

THE STORY

This Easter, prepare ye the way for a timeless tale of friendship, loyalty, and love, as the story of Jesus comes vibrantly to life in a fresh and musical way for the whole family to experience. In a world where we are constantly bombarded with bad news and “fake news”, what can we consider good news and what would it even look like? What if it’s not seen as good news for everyone? What news can we even believe anymore, and more importantly, who can we trust? In Godspell (the word meaning “good news” or “good story”), a rag tag group of today’s unlikely citizens work together to tell the different parables of Jesus by using a wide variety of songs, games, and storytelling techniques. With an eclectic blend of music, the story  of Jesus dances across the stage, concluding with a depiction of the familiar Last Supper and Crucifixion. Boasting a score with chart topping songs by Wicked composer and three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz, and with a book by visionary playwright John-Michael Tebelak, Godspell is a high energy sensation that has touched audiences around the world for almost five decades.

THE PERFORMANCES

All performances will be in the studio at Centrepointe Theatres, Ben Franklin Plan, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario (MAP). Tickets are sold through the BOX OFFICE and can be purchased in person, online using the links below, or by calling 613-580-2700 or toll free at 1-866-752-5231.

March 8, Thursday at 7:30pm – PURCHASE TICKETS (opening night reception following the performance)

March 9, Friday at 7:30pm – PURCHASE TICKETS

March 10, Saturday matinee at 2:30pm – PURCHASE TICKETS

March 10, Saturday at 7:30pm – PURCHASE TICKETS

March 11, Sunday matinee at 2:30pm – PURCHASE TICKETS

March 13, Tuesday at 7:30pm – PURCHASE TICKETS

March 14, Wednesday matinee at 2:30pm – PURCHASE TICKETS

March 14, Wednesday at 7:30pm – PURCHASE TICKETS

March 15, Thursday at 7:30pm – PURCHASE TICKETS

March 16, Friday at 7:30pm – PURCHASE TICKETS

March 17, Saturday matinee at 2:30pm – PURCHASE TICKETS

March 17, Saturday at 7:30pm – PURCHASE TICKETS

THE TICKETS

Theatre is expensive to produce and also expensive to enjoy, so we wanted to be conscientious of people’s varying abilities to pay to experience the magic of live theatre. Therefore, tickets for performances of Godspell are on a sliding scale based on what the purchaser feels they can pay at this time. Ticket prices are all inclusive of fees or any HST, and are as follows:

REGULAR PRICE $45: I can pay full price for my ticket(s) to see the show. ($39.25 plus $5.75 box office ticketing fee)

PATRON PRICE $65: I would like to pay more for my ticket(s) to see the show in order to subsidize someone else’s ticket as a patron of the arts, or because I really believe in the company or this show. ($59.25 plus $5.75 box office ticketing fee)

BREAK PRICE $25
: I need a break on the price of my ticket(s), because I have no or low income, or would like my whole family to see the show with me. ($19.25 plus $5.75 box office ticketing fee)

THE ARTISTIC TEAM

RUTH ALLISON (Costume Designer) | ALLISON BURNS (Choreographer) | GEORGE DUTCH (Artistic Associate – Dramaturge) | JONATHAN HARRIS (Director) | CAMERON A. MACDONALD (Lighting Designer) | SUSAN MARRINER (Graphics Designer) | CATHY NOBLEMAN (Artistic Associate – Character Development) | CHRIS SANTILLAN (Music Director) | TERESA SEASONS (Properties Designer) | SHYSTY SHANE (Scenic Artist) | KIM SHIELDS (Make-up & Hair Designer) | REBECCA RUSSELL (Assistant Director, Assistant Music Director)

THE ENSEMBLE CAST

TROY ARSENIAN | JOHNANNE BOISVENU-HENRY | SYLVAIN BOUCHARD | TOM CHARLEBOIS | TRISH CLEYN | ANTONIO DIRIENZO | JERUSHA LEWIS | MCKENNA MELLON | ADAM MOSCOE | SEAN NAUTH | MICHELLE SANGALLI | JACOB SEGRETO | XYLIA

THE PRODUCTION TEAM

JOY AFFLECK (Wardrobe Assistant) | FLO ALEXANDER (Production Coordinator, Hospitality Coordinator) | LAURA BARKLEY (Stage Manager) | ALEXANDRA BENDER (Community Engagement Director) | MARILISA GRANZOTTO (Events Coordinator) | PATRICK HAMER (Promotional Photographer) | ROB LINKE (Managing Director) | DAVID PLOUFFE (Artistic Associate – Assistant Producer) | TINA SEGRETO (Front-of-House Manager) | CHRIS SPENCER (Promotional Videographer) | TANYA SYLVESTER (Assistant Stage Manager)

THE CREDITS

Godspell is conceived and originally directed by JOHN-MICHAEL TEBELAK, with music and new lyrics by STEPHEN SCHWARTZ. It was originally produced on the New York Stage by EDGAR LANSBURY, STUART DUNCAN, and JOSEPH BERUTH. Ottawa performances are presented through special arrangement with THEATRE MAXIMUS, 1650 Broadway, New York, NY.

THE HISTORY

Originating as a masters thesis project and performed by students at Carnegie Melon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1970, Godspell has since entertained audiences around the world for almost half a century. The show opened off Broadway in 1971, followed by an opening in London and an Australian tour that same year. It then opened in Toronto in 1972 and finally on Broadway in 1976 followed by off Broadway revivals in 1988 and 2000 and a revival on Broadway in 2011. It toured the U.S. in 2001, and again in 2012, and the U.K. in 2007. The show opened in Mexico City in 2014, Lisbon in 2015, as well as recently in Guatemala City and Brazil in 2016. Many of its songs became popular including “Day by Day” from the original cast album reaching #13 on the Billboard pop singles chart in the summer of 1972. The Canadian cast of the Toronto production that same year featured many now famous actors like Andrea Martin, Gilda Radner, Victor Garber, Martin Short, and Eugene Levy. A film version of the musical was released in 1973 set in then modern day New York city.

SPECIAL APPRECIATION

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