The Evansville Civic Theatre and the Lincoln Ampitheatre are teaming up for a third year to produce another Broadway musical for the summer.
This year's performance, beginning in mid-July will be the classic two-act musical play "Godspell," which focuses on the Gospel according to St. Matthew as presented in a series of skits and songs with Jesus and his disciples.
"This show will make for a great night out for families of all ages and church groups as well," says Lincoln Amphitheatre's Executive Director Dan Wilkinson. "Director Chris Tyner has put together a strong and talented cast that we look forward to welcoming to the Lincoln Amphitheatre stage."
The production showcases southern Indiana's local talent within its cast and crew of 20 people, including Evansville native Zach Schultheis who portrays Jesus.
The musical features songs by Stephen Schwartz and was created and originally directed by John-Michael Tebelak.
Director Chris Tyner is putting a twist on the classic by mixing art with performing arts.
"We are setting the scene placing Jesus in the role of a master artist, in the vein of Jackson Pollock. He will begin a large painting while the audience is being seated, then the call will go out at the beginning of the show and he will be joined by other members of his "Artists Commune (the disciples)," Tyner says. "Through the art of storytelling and performance art, the commune will tell the parables lined out in the gospel of St. Matthew."
Performances at the Lincoln Ampitheatre will run from Friday, July 19, until Sunday, August 4.
A show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday evenings, and one matinee will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 4.
Ticket prices are $19 for adults; $16 for seniors ages 55 and older, students ages 7 to 21, and military; and $6 for children ages 6 and under.
An optional homestyle buffet meal including fried chicken, roast beef, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, and slaw is available for an additional charge to guests who make reservations at least three days in advance.
More information about tickets and Lincoln Amphitheatre's 2013 season can be found by visiting www.LincolnAmphitheatre.org or by calling 800-264-4223.
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