PLUCKEMIN, NJ - Bridgewater-Raritan High School graduate Jack McManus is directing a production of "Godspell" at the Pluckemin Presbyterian Church, and he is working with mostly BRHS alums and students, as well as some from the Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School and the surrounding area.

In the cast from Bridgewater are Emily Conlon as Jesus; Noah Slade as Judas; Madeline Coronato; Jacke Maese; Tara Bonner; Ben Kritz; Nick Scafuto; Chloe Crosby; Julie Bianciella; Patrick Blood; Dean Huber; and Nathan Thiesse. In the crew from BRHS, aside from McManus, are music director Leigh Huber; choreographer Christina Carelli; stage manager Jenna Hope; assistant directors Sydney Rutigliano and Dagny McCann; assistant choreographer Lindsay Garnhart; costume designer Alex Church-Gonzales; and tech director Chloe Dittloff.

The performance is being held Friday at 7 p.m., and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased at

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The show, McManus said, is being presented through the REXArts organization, which helps the arts by providing for the rights to do plays and more.

McManus said the show is a contemporary retelling of the life of Jesus Christ, and a contemporary reframing of some of his teachings.

"It features a rock score," he said.

McManus has had success recently as the writer of "Sparky," a play about "Peanuts" creator Charles Schulz that premiered in January at the NY Theater Winterfest.

The performance of "Godspell" was conceived and originally directed by John-Michael Tebelak, with music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and "Godspell-2012 Revised Version" is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performances materials are also supplied by MTI, at