9th Hour was pleased to partner with Ottawa Innercity Ministries throughout the production of Godspell. After every performance, artists raised funds for the Innercity Arts Program which provides a safe and supportive environment for Ottawa’s street-involved youth to engage in the arts community. Almost $7,000 was raised throughout the run of performances. “We can build a beautiful city, yes we can, yes we can.”
The Ottawa production of Godspell was a never-before-seen, freshly interpreted, contemporary adaptation (developed by 9th Hour’s artists) relevant to our society in 2018 Ottawa, and featuring real news ripped straight from the headlines. In Godspell (the very word meaning “good news” or “good story”), a rag tag group of today’s unlikely citizens join together to explore the different parables and teachings of Jesus using a wide variety of songs, games, and storytelling techniques. This classic high energy musical entertained audiences around the world for almost 5 decades, with music by award winning STEPHEN SCHWARTZ (Wicked composer).
THE ARTISTIC TEAM
RUTH ALLISON (Costume Designer) | ALLISON ELIZABETH 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 SANTILLÁN (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 | JOHANNE BOISVENU-HENRY | SYLVAIN BOUCHARD | TOM CHARLEBOIS | TRISH CLEYN | ANTONIO DIRIENZO | JERUSHA LEWIS | MCKENNA MELLON | ADAM MOSCOE | SEAN NAUTH | MICHELLE SANGALLI | JACOB SEGRETO | XYLIA
JOHN CORKETT (Guitar) | TREVOR CURTIS (Percussion) | CHRIS LUCAS (Bass) | CHRIS SANTILLÁN (Piano) | COREY THOMAS (Guitar)
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) | CAMERON A. MACDONALD (Technical Director) | DAVID PLOUFFE (Artistic Associate – Assistant Producer) | TINA SEGRETO (Front-of-House Manager) | CHRIS SPENCER (Promotional Videographer) | TANYA SYLVESTER (Assistant Stage Manager)
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.
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.
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