HEARTWOOD REGIONAL THEATER COMPANY will bring “Godspell” to the stage Oct. 19 to kick off its 10th season. The cast, clockwise from left in top photo, includes Johanna Neeson, Abby Hutchins, Rowan Carroll-Christopher, Ed Frankonis, Nate Friant, Eloise Kelly and Kara Mullin. Below, in front from left, are cast members Cayleigh Hearth, Kate Westhaver and Mena Han-Lalime; and, in back, are Braeden Waddell, Devin Domeyer and Nichael Juchnik.

HEARTWOOD REGIONAL THEATER COMPANY will bring “Godspell” to the stage Oct. 19 to kick off its 10th season. The cast, clockwise from left in top photo, includes Johanna Neeson, Abby Hutchins, Rowan Carroll-Christopher, Ed Frankonis, Nate Friant, Eloise Kelly and Kara Mullin. Below, in front from left, are cast members Cayleigh Hearth, Kate Westhaver and Mena Han-Lalime; and, in back, are Braeden Waddell, Devin Domeyer and Nichael Juchnik.

NEWCASTLE — Heartwood Regional Theater Company, now entering its 10th anniversary season, is deep into rehearsals for its annual youth production, in collaboration with Lincoln Academy.

 

 

The popular Broadway musical “Godspell” will open on Oct. 19 under the direction of Griff Braley, with an enthusiastic cast of student actors and musicians.

“Godspell” was conceived and originally directed by John-Michael Tebelak, with music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, best known for “Pippin” and “Wicked.” It features many well-loved songs including “Day by Day,” “All for the Best,” “Turn Back, O Man” and “Beautiful City.”

Solo and group numbers spring from a series of parables based on the Gospel of Matthew, performed by an energetic, young ensemble of actors and singers.

Begun as a college project, the musical moved to an off- Broadway debut in 1970, and “Godspell” has since been a favorite in professional revivals, including 2011, in colleges, and in high schools.

Evening performances will run in the Poe Theater at Lincoln Academy on Oct. 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m.; two Sunday matinees will run at 3 p.m. on Oct. 21 and 28.

Tickets are $8 for students through high school and $16 for adults. Seating is general, unless specially requested in advance.

Reservations are recommended and available at 563- 1373 or [email protected] org.

For innformation, visit www.heartwoodtheater.org.


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