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Godspell, by Conceived by JOHN-MICHAEL TEBELAK. Music and New Lyrics by STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
One of the most entertaining community shows I've seen
Sunday, April 24, 2005
5.0
I went to see this show on 4/23/05. I had not been to this theater location since it changed nanmes and management (from Little General). I was expecting to see the same accomodations and sporadic show quality I saw in prior Little General years. I was stunned.

The entire facility was comletely redesigned. Very clean and inviting.

I can honestly say that this is the most fun show for the audience of all ages probably from 5 to adults. It is filled with constant movement, bright colors,
astounding choreography. To top it off the qualtiy of almost every cast members performance was outstanding.

Somehow, they seem to have attracted the perfect actor/actress for each position.

The most amazing thing is the quality of the music and vocal singing. There is a live band and as most everyone knows numerous solo and choral numbers. I have not encountered this professional level of musicians and singers in any community production before. It compared favorably with shows (and even better than some) that I've seen professionally produced at the FOX theater

If ever there was a musical community play that could be called an unexpected "sleeeper" (i am sure most of you know this ternm means somdthing or someone who you would never expect to excel to such a degree) this has to be it.

I am thankful that I took a chance to see it on a whim. I almost missed it as the program shows only 2 more shows next Friday and Saturday night.

If you miss this show, you will miss one of the all-time entertainment values and one of the nost fun theater experiences you could have.

My only criticism I find perplexing. Despite the amazing show quality the audience number was surprisingly small. Only 20 to 30 I would guess. A full house would have added even more to the festive environment provided by the cast. Perhaps like me, most people are not aware of the theaters existence and location or were put off by the less than inviting accomodations when I last saw a show at that spot a year or so ago and left extremely disappointed in the show quality (I last saw Wizard of Oz). At that time the set design was extremely poor, the acting was somewhat less than you would expect even at a community theater, and the singing vocalists were weak and frequently off key.

I can only hope that this show is representative of their future productions in terms of quality. If so, I have found a new entertainment source in the community and will be back often.

I can't speak to the future but at least for this show my advice is:

DON'T MISS THIS VERSION OF GODSPELL.

I have seen other Godspell shows at community theaters, schools, and theFOX theater. I thisk probably a total of 6 or 7 different times.

To my surprise, I can honestly say that this one was the most fun and entertaining. I promise if you can go before it closes, don't hesitate to take your kids. In a musical that I generally don't think of as fun for all ages. The kids in attendance were completely enthralled and having fun. No talking, squirming, or cries to go home.

Good luck to the theater and to this cast in particular. Thanks for a great evening.

Godspell, by Conceived by JOHN-MICHAEL TEBELAK. Music and New Lyrics by STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
One of the most entertaining community shows I've seen
Sunday, April 24, 2005
5.0
I went to see this show on 4/23/05. I had not been to this theater location since it changed nanmes and management (from Little General). I was expecting to see the same accomodations and sporadic show quality I saw in prior Little General years. I was stunned.

The entire facility was comletely redesigned. Very clean and inviting.

I can honestly say that this is the most fun show for the audience of all ages probably from 5 to adults. It is filled with constant movement, bright colors,
astounding choreography. To top it off the qualtiy of almost every cast members performance was outstanding.

Somehow, they seem to have attracted the perfect actor/actress for each position.

The most amazing thing is the quality of the music and vocal singing. There is a live band and as most everyone knows numerous solo and choral numbers. I have not encountered this professional level of musicians and singers in any community production before. It compared favorably with shows (and even better than some) that I've seen professionally produced at the FOX theater

If ever there was a musical community play that could be called an unexpected "sleeeper" (i am sure most of you know this ternm means somdthing or someone who you would never expect to excel to such a degree) this has to be it.

I am thankful that I took a chance to see it on a whim. I almost missed it as the program shows only 2 more shows next Friday and Saturday night.

If you miss this show, you will miss one of the all-time entertainment values and one of the nost fun theater experiences you could have.

My only criticism I find perplexing. Despite the amazing show quality the audience number was surprisingly small. Only 20 to 30 I would guess. A full house would have added even more to the festive environment provided by the cast. Perhaps like me, most people are not aware of the theaters existence and location or were put off by the less than inviting accomodations when I last saw a show at that spot a year or so ago and left extremely disappointed in the show quality (I last saw Wizard of Oz). At that time the set design was extremely poor, the acting was somewhat less than you would expect even at a community theater, and the singing vocalists were weak and frequently off key.

I can only hope that this show is representative of their future productions in terms of quality. If so, I have found a new entertainment source in the community and will be back often.

I can't speak to the future but at least for this show my advice is:

DON'T MISS THIS VERSION OF GODSPELL.

I have seen other Godspell shows at community theaters, schools, and theFOX theater. I thisk probably a total of 6 or 7 different times.

To my surprise, I can honestly say that this one was the most fun and entertaining. I promise if you can go before it closes, don't hesitate to take your kids. In a musical that I generally don't think of as fun for all ages. The kids in attendance were completely enthralled and having fun. No talking, squirming, or cries to go home.

Good luck to the theater and to this cast in particular. Thanks for a great evening.

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