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‘Godspell’ at Actors Training Center

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"Godspell" is a timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love. Students in Actors Training Center’s (ATC) Musical Theatre Intensive – a three-week summer theatre workshop – stage a production of the musical "Godspell" on July 11 at 1 p.m. and July 12 at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Wilmette Theatre.

Tickets are $15, wilmettetheatre.com.

This energetic pop musical is a joyous celebration of the Gospel According to Matthew, filled with irresistible goodwill and popular hit songs such as “Learn Your Lessons Well” and “Day by Day.” "Godspell" exploded off-Broadway in 1971 and has played worldwide since, including a Broadway revival in the 2011-12 season.

This is a summer theatre intensive workshop in which students are tasked with rehearsing for the show in only three weeks.

"At ATC, we ‘train to work,’ and so the students involved in this production will get the true experience of working in the theatre as if it were a real job," said Carole Dibo, Founder of ATC. "The hours are intensive, jam- packed and fun-filled, and the result, after three weeks of work, is a fully realized production of a classic musical."

"Godspell" tells the story of a small group of people who help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques, and a hefty dose of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs ranging in style from pop to vaudeville is employed as the story of Jesus's life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus's messages of kindness, tolerance, and love come vibrantly to life. 

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