ShirleyArts! presents a cast of local actors in a fresh take on "Godspell," the classic 1971 musical by Stephen Schwartz. March 23 and 24 at 7:30, March 25 at 2 p.m. at the Ayer Shirley Middle School Auditorium. Tickets are $15 at the door, $12 in advance at the Hazen Memorial Library in Shirley. Tickets also available online for $12 plus handling fee at www.mktix.com/sha.

The cast of 23 hail from throughout Central Massachusetts. Paul Picardi of Lowell stars as Jesus, with an ensemble of Disciples, Pharisees, angels, demons, and more from Shirley, Groton, Pepperell, Lowell, Lunenburg, Leominster, Fitchburg, Gardner, and Worcester. The production is directed by Shirley's Meredith Marcinkewicz and choreographed by Laurie Marcinkewicz of Fitchburg.

From Music Theatre International: "Godspell was the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden), and it took the world by storm. Ledby the international hit, "Day by Day," Godspell features a parade of beloved songs, including "Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord," "Learn Your Lessons Well," "All for the Best," "All Good Gifts," "Turn Back, O Man" and "By My Side."

A small group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques and hefty doses of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, is employed as the story of Jesus' life dances across the stage.


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Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus' messages of kindness, tolerance and love come vibrantly to life.

Boasting a score with chart topping songs, a book by a visionary playwright (John-Michael Tebelak) and a feature film, Godspell is a sensation that continues to touch audiences. Because of its small technical demands and minimal cast size, it has become a staple of theatre companies, large and small."

ShirleyArts! is a non-profit arts organization in Shirley Massachusetts that seeks to support and promote the visual and performing arts for education and enjoyment. For more information, visit www.ShirleyArts.org.