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Hopewell Theatre presents 'Godspell' for two weekends

March 27, 2019
The Town Crier

Hopewell Theatre proudly presents the Stephen Schwartz-John-Michael Tebelak musical "Godspell" March 29 and 30 and April 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m., and March 31 and April 7 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 adults, $12 students and senior citizens. Box office opens one hour before curtain. Reservations can be made at or by calling the theater at 330-746-5455. Reservations are strongly recommended.

"Godspell" opened off Broadway in 1971 and has been a theater staple ever since. The musical is structured as a series of parables, primarily based on the Gospel of Matthew. The parables are interspersed with music set primarily to lyrics from traditional hymns with the passion of Christ appearing briefly near the end of the show.

Directing is Sam Luptak, Jr. (from New Bedford, Pennsylvania), with artistic assistance from Marlene Menaldi Strollo (Canfield). Nick Opritza (Struthers) is choreographer; Ed Phillips (Austintown) is musical director; Brandon McFadden is lighting designer.

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characters who sing and act out the parables. In the role of Jesus is Jacob Nash of Canfield, with Dan Betts, also of Canfield, in the role of John the Baptist/Judas. The ensemble cast consists of Tracie Balentine and Rick Haldi, from Boardman; Josh Bodnar, Jenna Cintavey, Dakota and Judy Sipusic, all from Youngstown; Chrissy Craig from Struthers; Martin Daniels, Athena and Sally Tausch from Salem; Niki Latsko and JoAnne Santagata from Poland; Bob Gerdes from Hubbard; Marisa Keshock from Austintown; and Rob Whiting from Greenville, Pennsylvania.

The theater is located at 702 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown. Handicap parking is available beside the theater. Parking is also available across the street and in a lot just to the south of the theater. Security is provided for evening performances. The theatre is not yet handicap accessible but our handicap accessibility project is moving along nicely and there are plans to break ground soon.



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