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Godspell - Reincarnated at the Yucca Theatre

 

Stephen Schwarz and John Michael Tebelak's musical, GODSPELL, will be produced at the Yucca Theatre in Midland, Texas the first two weekends of 2013.  This production is a reprise of the show performed in August, 2012 at First Presbyterian Church.  This summer production, met with much applause and stellar reviews, was limited to a mere two performance run due to scheduling conflicts with the venue as well as the college calendars of several of the cast members.

This show is unique in several ways:  Inception, Benefit and Caliber.

This production of Godspell is not a production Maverick Players, the Globe, or Permian Playhouse; and though this is not a production of our Midland treasured Midland Community Theatre, this production epitomizes the definitions of community and theatre.

The inception and continued momentum for producing this show truly came from the grassroots level. It came from several young adults with a love of theatre.  Phone calls were made, emails were sent and within a few weeks the cast was determined. The venue was set. Director Carl Beery Moore, Musical Director Lu Ann Lane, and Choreographer Edward McPherson all accepted the call.  All participants in the production of GODSPELL are volunteers.  No payment received, simply a love of the theatre.

Once players, directors and venue were set, these wonderful young people determined that the ticket revenue for the production should go back the community and Midland/Odessa Area AIDS Support (MAAS) was the non-profit chosen to benefit from all net proceeds of the production.

After opening night, the cast was overtaken with waves of praise and critical acclaim regarding the production.  Graham Dixon, contributor to Midland Reporter-Telegram said it best in his MRT Limelight review of the show: "Just about the only negative aspect of GODSPELL...was it only had two performances. Superbly cast and directed, this was a fine production of "Godspell" that should, if possible, be revived in other locations."  Graham Dixon got his wish.

This ecumenical group of young people will be performing GODSPELL once again, only this time for five performances. Don't miss your opportunity to witness great theatre and help Midland/Odessa Area AIDS Support in fighting the spread of AIDS in the Permian Basin.  See a sneak peek video clip from the August 2012 production, plus information on MAAS and ticket details on Facebook at Godspell the Musical: the REVIVAL!"

GODSPELL, a musical by Stephen Schwartz and John Michael Tebelak is a family friendly show based upon the parables of Jesus found in the Matthew and Luke.

DIRECTOR:          Carl Beery Moore

MUSICAL DIRECTOR:  Lu Ann Lane

CHOREOGRAPHER:  Edward McPherson

 

CAST:

Mark Kaufman - JESUS

Danny Anderson - JOHN, THE BAPTIST/JUDAS

ENSEMBLE:

Abby Anderson    Ashley Tate         Brian Gravelle

Josh Sparks         Emily Bourland     Jenna Weathers

Jena Tumlin         Cole Carter

WHERE:  Historic Yucca Theatre   208 N Colorado Street  Downtown Midland

WHEN:
Friday, January 4                       8 p.m.
Saturday, January 5                  8 p.m.
Sunday Matinee, January 6       2 p.m.
Friday, January 11                     8 p.m.
Saturday, January 12                8 p.m.

TICKETS: 
All tickets are General Admission.  
Doors open to the public 30 minutes before curtain.
Tickets $15

Tickets will be available at the door 30 minutes before curtain and for pre-sale at the following locations in Midland:

                First Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Texas

                Spirit Creations/Logo Me Loco (Next to Murray's on Wadley Avenue)

                "Note"ables Stationery, 2101 West Wadley

Ticket purchases by credit card are available only by dialing First Presbyterian Church 684.7821 and asking to be transferred to the Midland/Odessa Area AIDS Support office.  Credit card purchases may also be made at the door the night of each performance.

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