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Classic Musical ‘Godspell’ Opens at Garza Theatre

Published Sept. 9, 2011 @ 3:30 p.m.

 Actors at The Garza Theatre will make a joyful noise this weekend as they open the musical “Godspell.”

 The ’70s-era rock opera features great songs such as "Day By Day," and "Bless the Lord." It focuses on playful reenactments of parables from Matthew and other books of the Bible.

 The show runs at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9, 10, 16, 17 and 24, and at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 25.

Justin Duncan, director of the show, said the subject matter makes this show timeless, even 40 years after its May 17, 1971, debut on Broadway.

“The actors are reviving a Texas Tech production from January, which is a unique opportunity for all involved,” he said. “With this extra time to forget and remember previously learned lines, they are discovering different aspects of their characters and a better way to tell the story this go around. The set and location of the performance will change for the Garza stage so the re-blocking of the show has been seamless and an organic experience.”

Duncan said some of the more dated references in the original version have been removed to smooth out the storytelling. The set and costumes are updated through a  modern design concept with a retrospective feel as well with designer Daniel Hogan using steampunk as inspiration for the costumes and set.

“This will be a metaphor to the 'explosion of ideas' reference in the show to philosophers and inventors that have surrounded humankind since their inception,” Hogan said. “The steampunk movement brings a light on a forgotten time of Victorian science fiction where the inventors where artisans themselves, and their creations not only possessed functional qualities but aesthetic as well. The design for this production is going to be something to behold.” 

Whether seeing the show for the first time or for the 100th time, Duncan said that everyone should walk away with something positive from his interpretation of the hit show. 

“I hope that each audience member take away something new into their life from the telling of this story,” he said. “Whether that is a great show tune that just won't get out of your head, or a new appreciation for art in West Texas, ‘Godspell’ will make you laugh, it will make you cry, it will make you jump up and start clapping your hands. The experience is sure to be something to be remembered.”

Tickets to the event are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, students and active military and $10 for children 10 and younger.

To make reservations, call the box office at (806) 495-4005 or make them at www.garzatheatre.com

 

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