Union, NJ – The Union High School Performing Arts Company will be presenting Godspell, the rock opera by Stephen Schwartz based on several well-known parables, featuring hits including “Day by Day,” “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord,” “Learn Your Lessons Well,” “All for the Best,” “All Good Gifts,” Turn Back, O Man,” and “By My Side.”
Godspell at Union High School will run December 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m., and December 9 and 10 at 2:00 p.m.
“Not only does Godspell have an incredible score,” said Director James Mosser, “but it also has a fantastic message of community and caring. Audiences will hear great music, and see exciting scenes and dances, but there is also another layer. In our production, we have created an added layer of addressing the new moral and social implications that have been created by the ever-increasing use of media in our culture. Sometimes people forget how to behave because they are behind a screen talking to another person. The show uses media and devices to help hold up a lens to this, ever growing, part of our world.”
Godspell follows a group of separate individuals led and guided by Jesus and his Lieutenant John the Baptist/Judas, learning to gradually come together as one. Through creative games, stories, technology, each character takes their own journey toward that commitment. The message the production team and cast hope to convey is that sense of coming together for a common purpose, uniting against all odds, and caring for one another regardless of our backgrounds and differences.
Godspell stars Senior Christopher Erdman as Jesus, Senior Ronin Ruste as John the Baptist/Judas, and a cast of 23 ensemble members, ready to share their journey.
The Union High School Performing Arts Company is inclusive of an award-winning theater department, a nationally rated instrumental music program, and a top-notch choral music group. The Theater Department has been nominated for over 126 prestigious Paper Mill Rising Star Awards, an event that recognizes excellence in high school theater, similar to the Tony Awards. They have won 31 awards and currently hold the record for the most wins ever won by a single show for their 2015 production of Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies winning nine awards.
For more information and to purchase tickets please visit www.uhspac.com.