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The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s (CCM) 2018-19 Studio Series continues with Stephen Schwartz’s first major musical Godspell. Featuring an eclectic blend of chart-topping songs, the 1971 musical runs Nov. 8-10, 2018, in CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater.
Directed and choreographed by Professor Katie Johannigman with musical direction by Professor Stephen Goers, Godspell shares the story of Jesus’ life based on the gospel according to St. Matthew through comedy, improvisation and hit musical numbers. The music ranges in style from pop to vaudeville and includes hits like “Day by Day,” “Learn Your Lessons Well” and “All for the Best.”
The musical features a small cast who will employ audience participation to illustrate well-known parables of Jesus, who is cast as a woman in CCM’s production. In a show full of surprises, Johannigman is excited for audiences to experience all that the show has to offer:
“We've created an immersive theater environment for the audience to be a part of the show that I think they will enjoy,” she says. “We have a killer cast, including our Jesus, who is taking a different approach to the role.”
Godspell is heavily inspired by the “peace and love” culture of the 1970s but its themes are still applicable today, Johannigman adds. “New York City in 1971 was ripe and ready for a show like Godspell to come in and speak about love, acceptance and community — 2018 could use the exact same lessons. We are drawing from a lot of current issues and themes of our time to spread a message of joy, love and acceptance to all.”
Admission to CCM’s production of Godspell is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.
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 and Joseph Beruh
Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati
Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two per order.
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.
For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.
For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
Musical Theatre Studio Production Sponsor: Linda and Jim Miller
GODSPELL is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com
Photos by Kaelin Butts
Story by CCM Graduate Student Jonathan Dellinger