CROWN POINT | The stories of John the Baptist, Jesus and Judas will be told musically when Crown Point Community Theatre performs the musical “Godspell” this weekend through Feb. 15.
“Godspell” will play in CPCT’s black box theatrical space, 1125 Merrillville Road, with performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Jan. 31, Feb. 1, 7, 8 and 14, and 3 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 2 and 9.
Conceived and originally directed by John Michael Tebelak, with music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, “Godspell” is one of the biggest off-Broadway and Broadway successes of all time.
Using pantomime, charades, acrobatics and vaudeville, the parables of Jesus as told in the Gospel of St. Matthew are brought to life in a series of well-loved songs, including “God Save the People,” “All Good Gifts,” and the international anthem “Day by Day.”
The ensemble cast, led by Valparaiso's Jerry Jascoviak as Jesus, and Griffith's Darryn Glass as John the Baptist/Judas, also includes Erin Anderson and Tom Knoerzer, both of Portage; Trish Neary, of DeMotte; Kate-Lynn Edwards, of Lansing, Ill.; Kerry Fitch, Jesse Hickle and SarahEllen Hickle, all of Crown Point; Laura Koch, of Hobart; and Hannah Rettew, of Schererville.
While “Godspell” is well-known, CPCT audiences can expect to see something new and different. Directed by Becky Jascoviak, with vocal direction by Deb Porter, musical direction by Jeff Otto and choreography by Cathy Mertens, this production is based upon the 2012 Broadway revival. Familiar songs have new orchestrations, and the script has been updated to relate more closely to current events and technology. This production has also eschewed the “clown” motif for costumes, instead modernizing the look.
Tickets are $15 per adult, and $12 for students, seniors and military personnel with valid ID, and are available online at www.CPCT.biz or by calling (219) 805-4255. Reservations are strongly recommended.
As part of its Special Needs Audience Productions series, CPCT will host two performances for the hearing impaired. An ASL sign language interpreter will provide interpretation for the deaf Sunday and Feb. 7.
Additionally, on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, an Italian dinner, provided by Comfort’s Catering, will take place at 6:30 p.m., prior to the 8 p.m. performance . Reservations are required at $60 per couple, including dinner and the show.