The St. Mary’s University Drama Department is collaborating with the Music Department to bring Godspell to audiences beginning March 4.
Students from the courses Intro to Stagecraft, Intro to Costume Design and Construction, and Opera Workshop will share their talent and skills in putting on the production.
Godspell, a musical based on the Gospel of Matthew, is a blend of various story-telling techniques and song styles that promise to touch audiences. The show will be directed by Bernadette Hamilton-Brady, Chair of the Drama Department at St. Mary’s. Scenic and lighting design will be managed by Dion Denevan, musical direction by Jacquelyn Matava, and costumes by Kathrine Johnson.
Hamilton-Brady said Godspell is near and dear to her and it reminds her of her formative years, especially those which confirmed her deep faith and spirituality.
“Faith is uniquely expressed by and through everyone,” she said. “Godspell uses the medium of theatre as one way of doing that. It is one that is so comfortable to me … one in which I breathe most resonantly. With all the divisive energy that is prevalent in the world today, I felt the need to counteract it with this production. It celebrates Jesus’ simple message of peace, compassion, tolerance, mercy and above all, love.”
What: StMU Theatre performance of Godspell
When: March 4, 5, 8-10 at 7:30 p.m. and March 6 at 2:30 p.m.
Where: Guadalupe Chapel, St. Mary’s University
Tickets: $10 for general admission; $7 for students, faculty, staff, military and seniors; free for professed Marianists
Reservations: 210-436-3545 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Godspell was conceived and originally directed by John-Michael Tebelak, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. It was first produced on the New York stage in 1971 by Edgar Lansbury, Stuart Duncan and Joseph Beruh.
St. Mary's University, founded in 1852, is the first institution of higher learning in San Antonio and the oldest Catholic university in the Southwest. It offers 75 programs, including doctoral and law programs, and has a diverse student population of about 3,800 of all faiths and backgrounds. Its vision, as a Catholic and Marianist liberal arts institution, is to become one of the finest private universities in the region, a gateway for graduates to professional lives as ethical leaders in Texas, the nation and the world.