‘Godspell’ will rock Lancaster

By on March 13, 2019

Lancaster’s home for fresh theatrical experiences is bringing new life to a classic musical. “Godspell,” a vibrant and joyful show, loosely follows the parables of Jesus with humor and playful storytelling. Instead of a religious or historic focus, the musical centers on the building of a community out of an eclectic group of people.

Godspell was an important early career success for veteran Prima guest artist and three-time Grammy winner, Stephen Schwartz (”Wicked,” “Pippin,” “Children of Eden”). Led by the international hit, “Day by Day,” Godspell features a parade of beloved songs, including “All Good Gifts” and “By My Side.”

“Godspell” offers seating in-the-round, with audience on all four sides of the stage space.

“This production is being placed in a dystopian environment amidst an immersive seating arrangement” says Prima’s executive artistic producer, Mitch Nugent. “Mix that with this memorable music, an awesome cast, and the joy that is at the essence of ‘Godspell’ It is going to be an unforgettable experience.”

Under the directorship of J. Scott Lapp (Broadway’s “Bonnie & Clyde”), the cast features Tayler Harris as Jesus and Christian Harward as John the Baptist/Judas.

Tayler Harris wil play the role of Jesus in Prima’s production of “Godspell.”

Prima released this statement, addressing the casting of a woman as Jesus:

“Godspell loosely follows the parables of Jesus, but it was never intended to be a historical work. The musical is focused on the power of community, brought to life by the unearthly love of a charismatic leader. Our intention with casting is always to find the best person to embody the character and speak to today’s audience. We strongly believe that a woman of color as Jesus offers the unique opportunity, not to distract from the narrative, but rather to communicate the strength, joy, and nurturing love that the role calls for in a deep and meaningful way.

“Art at its best awakens the spirit, creates meaningful conversation, and offers engaging revelations about the human experience. With this in mind, it is in Prima’s core values to offer fresh and engaging work. With Godspell, as in all our events, our goal is that patrons experience an invigorating theatrical experience.”

Prima is located at 941 Wheatland Ave., Lancaster. A cash/credit bar in the theatre opens 30 minutes before performances. Godspell will play at Prima April 5 through 27. Showtimes and tickets ticketing information can be found at primalancaster.org or call the box office at 717-327-5124.

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