Cast gears up for Godspell opening

NEWSTEAD College is completing final preparations for the musical presentation of Godspell at the Princess Theatre next week.

Ayla Harvey rehearses with members of the Godspell cast before the Newstead College production opens on Thursday. Picture: MARK JESSER

Ayla Harvey rehearses with members of the Godspell cast before the Newstead College production opens on Thursday. Picture: MARK JESSER

There are 60 students involved in the production, with 45 students on stage, nine instrumentalists in the pit and six behind-the-scenes crew for lights, sound and special effects.

Some of the instrumentalists and back-up singers have come from Riverside and Kings Meadows high schools to take part.

Godspell was originally a book by John-Michael Tebelak, before being adapted into a musical by Stephen Schwartz. It is based on the Gospel according to Matthew.

The production is a rock musical, and was initially opened off Broadway in 1971 before playing in Australia in the early 1970s.

Godspell was revived on Broadway in 2011.

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