Hedgerow Theatre School Presents Godspell, JR
A cast of 19 talented young Hedgerow Theatre School students will present two performances of the Broadway musical Godspell JR. on Saturday, March 5, at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology, 800 Manchester Avenue in Media.
The 1971 hit was the first musical written by Grammy and Academy Award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin) and John-Michael Tebelak. The timeless tale of friendship, loyalty, and love, based on the Gospel of Matthew, features an eclectic blend of songs ranging in style from pop to vaudeville including “Day by Day,” “All for the Best,” “All Good Gifts” and “We Beseech Thee.” The students will bring to life a number of Jesus’ parables, teaching messages of kindness and tolerance.
The production is the culmination of a performance class taught by Executive Director Penelope Reed and Music Director Shaun Yates. The students, who range in age from 9 to 16 were taught acting and musical-theatre techniques while preparing to appear on stage. Reed is quite familiar with the show, having attended the Drama Program with Schwartz and Tebelak at Carnegie Mellon University while they were creating Godspell, which, Reed recalls, began as a project for Tebelak’s master’s degree. “We thought it was a good fit for the Lenten season,” she explained, “since the show celebrates community and the power of belief in God in building community.”
The “junior” version is designed for younger performers and audiences, and is appropriate for all ages. It has only one act and runs about one hour.
In the cast are Alexia Alvarez-Burock, Julie Gilligan, Amelie Lebourgeois and Paige Reece of Media; Ellie Barrickman and Elizabeth Caulfield of West Chester; Jayla Eddins of Philadelphia; Alexi Kostorus of Broomall; Amahd Lopes of Chester; Pierce Marra and Meagan Walker of Wallingford; Will McIntosh of Ardmore; Julia McLean, Jeremy Peyton-Jones, Anna and Michael Tang of Swarthmore; and Lesley Psaris and Daniela Randazzo of Glen Mills.
Tickets are $10. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 610-565-4211 or visit www.HedgerowTheatre.org.