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November 19, 2013

"Godspell’ coming to Crockett on Nov. 29

CROCKETT — Will you have family in town for Thanksgiving? Looking for something special to do Thanksgiving weekend?

The Piney Woods Fine Arts Association will host the nationally touring show and Tony award-winning musical “Godspell,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29 at the Crockett Civic Center — one of only three stops in Texas.

“Put the leftover turkey in the fridge and bring the whole family to one of the most enduring Broadway musicals of all time in a brand new and up-to-date, intimate one-of-a-kind production,” PWFAA Associate Producer Glenn Barnhart said.

“Godspell” begins with the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist, followed by Jesus teaching the "community,” through parables, about how to lead loving lives that will please God. The members of the community all adopt symbols showing that they are now following Jesus, and its members become more closely knit as the parables progress. Jesus makes the parables humorous and casual, and an aura of love surrounds the group as they grow closer. His followers defend him when he is criticized by the Pharisees, and heed his warning before casting out an adulteress from the group. While initially chummy friends, Judas soon plans to betray Jesus for money, and his followers can only watch his death unfold before their eyes.

The Tony-nominated score from the composer “Wicked” and Pippin,” features songs such as “Day by Day,” “Light of the World” and “Turk Back, O Man.”

Originally conceived and directed by John-Michael Tebelak, this production is directed by David Hogan and will feature Jake Stern in the role of Jesus and Graham Parkhurst as John the Baptist / Judas. The cast also features Stacey Bulmer, Michael Hogeveen, Ivan Lo, Alessia Lupiano, Rebecca McCauley, Lisa Michelle, Janelle Murray, Michael De Rose, and David Cotton. The Canadian production, which also includes a five-person band, received rave reviews last year, most of which cited the youthful energy of the ensemble.

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