Following its near sell-out run of Annie at the Kenton last year, Reading Operatic Society returns with Godspell one of the most influential musicals to come out of Broadway in the past 50 years. Shoppers last Saturday were treated to a sneak preview when the cast performed a few of the songs from the show in Market Place.
Based on the New Testament gospels, particularly St. Matthew, Godspell uses the parables and passion story of Jesus as the basis of an inventively theatrical and interactive show about the formation of a community.
The story unfolds through games, storytelling techniques, comically timed moments, dance and music. You’ll recognise the show’s big tunes (Day by Day, Prepare Ye, All Good Gifts) and hear more songs that will stay with you forever. You’ll experience a wide range of genres from pop to vaudeville, plus humour, emotion…oh and roller skating – before everything changes.
The show is opens on Thursday 19 September for 3 days until Saturday 21 September at 7.45pm and with a matinee show on Saturday at 3pm.
Speaking about the show’s dramatic last moments, award-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Children of Eden, Pippin) explains that Godspell is about forgiveness, more than it is betrayal.
ROS will be presenting the 2012 Revival version, which improves an already great score made famous by the 1973 film version.
Many people join amateur dramatic societies for many different reasons whether that be to further their love of the theatre, music and/or drama or perhaps to build friendships, learn a new skill or help with becoming more confident.
Chris Reddington who is playing Judas said, “I find that performing on stages manages to transport me away from my day-to-day worries, and gives me something fun and completely different to focus on. The Musical Theatre ‘bug’ is entirely different to my day job working in technology, so gives me an opportunity to develop a new set of skills. The rehearsal and performance process can be quite intense, which quickly turns a cast into a close group of friends. Having moved to Berkshire in the last 5 years, I’ve met some of my closest friends and in fact my girlfriend through amateur dramatics”.
Cast Member Charley Woodward added, “I have always loved musical theatre and remember being a child sat in the audience transfixed with everything on the stage; from the lights, to the set and the amazing actors dancing and singing their hearts out. Being part of an am dram society gives you a sense of family where everyone has the same dream and you get to live it out together every night on stage.”
Musical Director for Godspell, Bridget Biggar says,“The infectiousness of talent brings out the best in people and draws people to do what they never thought possible. To facilitate this is a joy and a privilege.”
Make a date to join the super talented cast as they engage with you in building a Beautiful City.
To book tickets go to https://kentontheatre.co.uk/event/godspell/