MIDDLEBURY — Westover School drama students will stage the musical “Godspell” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, November 8 and 9, in the Louise B. Dillingham Performing Arts Center. With music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by John-Michael Tebelak, the musical is a retelling of parables from the Gospel of Matthew.
Originally performed off-Broadway in the early 1970s, the show moved to Broadway and earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Original Score in 1977.
The show’s 2012 revival boasts an updated score with deeper and more complex harmonies and orchestrations and Westover’s cast and crew will add their personal connections to the material through their ensemble explorations.
Westover’s production concept connects to the school’s 2019-2020 academic year theme, “Building Bridges.”
“In a time of social and political discord, the play’s messages of compassion, kindness, generosity, and love will resonate deeply with audiences of all ages,” said Marla Truini of Roxbury, who is directing the production.
She is collaborating on the show with Musical Director Robert Havery of Woodbury, Choreographer Emily Diedrich and Technical Director Ian Diedrich, both of Middlebury.
Cast members include Madeline Abate of Naugatuck; Emily Benoit of Monroe; Jillian Brown of Bronx, N.Y.; Aoife Carroll-Gavula of Fairfax, Va.; Wava Chan of Brookfield; Iris Chen of Taiyuan, China; Emma Curis of Orange; Laetitia Marie Heyne of Tuebingen, Germany; Cammiel Hussey of Sharon; Kasey Ingerson of Watertown; JaMara Jean of West Orange, N.J.; Mikayla Labissiere of Danbury; Skyé Lowe of Manhattan; Alexis Mays of Oxford; Muna Nahhas of Jordan; Shayla O’Donnell of Newtown; Avery Pendleton of Marblehead, Mass.; Juliane Purves of New York City; Beldine Atieno Wasonga of Nairobi, Kenya; Katy Wolff of Westport and Joyce Yang of Beijing, China.
The technical crew includes Aida Blue of Canaan; Natalie Brown of Watertown; Reeya Desai of Naugatuck; Alex Frilling of Pawkatuck; Salma Issa of Amman, Jordan; Mary Liu of Shanghai, China; Ruth Nolen of Houston, Tex.; Chi Phan of Hanoi, Vietnam; Izzy Poskas of Middlebury; Mata Qin of Beijing, China; Jade-Noelle Samuelsen of Hackensack, New Jersey; Stephanie Small of Newark, N.J.; Ana Sun of Wenzhou, China; Salma Talukdar of Haledon, N.J.; Pilar Trujilo Sanchez of Spain; Max Van of New York City; Thea West of West Cornwall; and Kaiyana Winter of Litchfield.
Artemis Li of Beijing, China, is the stage manager.
Costumes have been created, under the supervision of volunteer Penny Covill of Watertown; by Salma Issa of Amma, Jordan; Mary Liu of Shanghai, China; and Mata Qin of Beijing, China.
Most of the costumes for the show were assembled from vintage clothing donated by Mary-Clement Gelezunas, a member of Westover’s Class of 1984.
“Godspell” is presented by special permission of Music Theatre International.
Both parking and the entrance to the Performing Arts Center are located on South Street.
Reservations can be made by calling 203-577-4535.
There is no charge for admission, but donations will be gratefully accepted.