The Misericordia Players will present the Stephen Schwartz musical, “Godspell,” on April 6-9 in Lemmond Theater at Walsh Hall on the campus of Misericordia University. Performances on April 6-8 are at 8 p.m., and on Sunday, April 9, the show begins at 2 p.m. The cost is $8 for general admission and $5 for senior citizens, Misericordia students and alumni. Tickets are available at the door or online at www.misericordia.edu/godspell.
Based on a book by John-Michael Tebelak, “Godspell” is the musical retelling of the Gospel according to Matthew set in modern-day New York City. Via musical parables, Jesus Christ recruits a group of apostles and teaches them various lessons through song and dance. They travel across the city, spreading his message of love and tolerance, as the time moves closer to his betrayal at the hands of Judas and, ultimately, his crucifixion.
The play opened off-Broadway on May 17, 1971. It was heralded in a 2011 revival, which played on Broadway from Oct. 13, 2011 to June 24, 2012. Songs include “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord,” “Save the People,” and “Day by Day,” which reached No. 13 on the Billboard pop singles chart in 1972.
Jeffrey Kelly of Pittston, who serves as manager of cultural and special events and theater director at Misericordia University, is director and technical director for the production. Cassandra Palfey of Dallas is music director; Jaclyn Nat of Plains is choreographer; Audrey Ide of Dallas is costumer; Harry McKeown of Plymouth is set designer; Donald Hopkins of Dallas is lighting designer, and Richard Baldovin of Pittston is sound engineer. In addition, Jennifer Hunter of Dallas is the rehearsal accompanist, and Michael Trygar of Lake Ariel will play drums.
The “Godspell” cast features students Jacob Schweiger, Barton, N.Y., as Jesus, and Adam Ercolani, Bear Creek, as Judas. Student cast members also include Amy Koch, Reading; Stephanie Helsel, Woolwich Township, N.J.; Kali McCornac, Bethlehem; Michela Torbik, Wilkes-Barre; Nicole Leibeknecht, Audubon, N.J.; Sam Midkiff, Palmerton; Jacqueline Marchese, Staten Island, N.Y.; Dawson Kerch, Allentown; Aiden McAndrew, Scranton; Jessica Pachuski, Kulpmont; Meghan DiGerolamo, Budd Lake, N.J.; Lauren Hayden, Elizabethtown; Cordell Gresh, Pittston; Melanie Fry, Ambler; Noah Schweiger, Barton, N.Y.; Michaela McQuaig, Carlisle; Annette Ritzko, Coaldale; Emily Clarke, Hunlock Creek, and Madison Mokychic, Monroe Township.
For more information about the play and other cultural events at Misericordia University, please log on to www.misericordia.edu/theartsandmore or call the Misericordia Box Office at (570) 674-6719.
Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 43 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats. Misericordia University ranks in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities – North category of U.S. News and World Report’s 2017 edition of Best Colleges, and was designated a 2017 Best Northeastern College by the Princeton Review.
Misericordia Players case and crew prepare for the upcoming production of the musical, ‘Godspell,’ from April 6-9 on campus. They include actors, front row from left, Sam Midkiff, Palmerton, Pa.; Nicole Leibeknecht, Audubon, N.J.; Meghan DiGerolamo, Budd Lake, N.J.; Jacob Schweiger, Barton, N.Y.; Lauren Hayden, Elizabethtown, Pa.; Amy Koch, Reading, Pa., and Cassandra Palfey, Dallas, Pa., music director; second row, Annette Ritzko, Coaldale, Pa.; Emily Clarke, Hunlock Creek, Pa.; Jessica Pachuski, Kulpmont, Pa.; Melanie Fry, Ambler, Pa.; Kali McCornac, Bethlehem, Pa., and Michela Torbik, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; third row, Michaela McQuaig, Carlisle, Pa.; Jeffrey Kelly, Pittston, director; Cordell Gresh, Pittston, Pa.; Jennifer Hunter, Dallas, Pa., rehearsal accompanist; Noah Schweiger, Barton, N.Y.; Aiden McAndrew, Scranton, Pa.; Jacqueline Marchese, Staten Island, N.Y.; Dawson Kerch, Allentown, Pa.; Michael Trygar, Lake Ariel, Pa., and Madison Mokychic, Monroe Township, Pa.