About GODSPELL (2012)
Conceived and Originally Directed by John-Michael Tebelak
Music and New Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Originally Produced on the New York Stage by Edgar Lansbury / Stuart Duncan / Joseph Beruh
Directed by: Skip Ploss
Musical Direction by: Chris Coogan
Choreography by: Christine Titus
A masterful retelling of the original sensation, injected with contemporary references and dazzling new arrangements.
Godspell was the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden), and it took the world by storm. Led by the international hit, "Day by Day," Godspell features a parade of beloved songs, including "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."
A small group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques and hefty doses of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, is employed as the story of Jesus' life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus' messages of kindness, tolerance and love come vibrantly to life.
Since 1937, the mission of The Wilton Playshop has been to further the performing arts by providing quality live theatre to the greater Wilton area, and by doing so, provide an educational and growing experience for all involved.
The Wilton Playshop is a volunteer organization with a governing Board of Directors. There are generally three major productions presented each year along with special events through our Applause Series. The Applause Series is a separate program from a traditional season where the theatre features concerts, readings, works in progress and unique performance events. In some circumstances the Playshop is approached by an artist who is interested in a producing partner for their idea or concept. This series supports those opportunities.
As a community-oriented endeavor, The Playshop is committed to developing new directors and playwrights as a means of preserving this important art form. Backstage involvement includes producing, directing, stage management, light and sound engineering, scenic design, properties, costumes, set construction, and a myriad of other jobs that constitute an energetic community theater. We encourage active participation and we always welcome new faces. No experience is necessary — only desire and interest!
At the intermission of each performance, audience members are invited into the Green Room for refreshments. Playshop members welcome the opportunity to greet you and speak with anyone interested in getting involved, either on stage or off. Please feel free to make yourself at home! Our Playshop family invites you to join in the excitement that is The Wilton Playshop.
The Wilton Playshop is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that offers the quality live theatre experience to the greater Wilton area through the support and generosity of the members of the Wilton community and the Wilton business community as well.