Godspell

THE REITZ PLAYERS WILL present the musical “Godspell” July 13-15 at the Verna Leith Sawmill Theatre in Cook Forest.

COOKSBURG – The Verna Leith Sawmill Theatre will host the Reitz Theater Players July 13-15 for a production of “Godspell,” the classic retelling of the Gospel of Matthew, set in modern-day New York City.

Shows begin at 8 p.m. each night.

At the behest of John the Baptist, young men and women forsake their jobs and take up the mantle of Jesus Christ becoming His disciples. Using song and dance, the apostles traverse the city, spreading Christ’s message of love and tolerance as the time moves ever closer to His betrayal at the hands of Judas (played by David Haskell) and, ultimately, His crucifixion.

Originally produced on the New York stage, this special arrangement has updated music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, who is the creative mind behind the popular hit shows, “Wicked” and “Hamilton.”

All shows are $15 per seat. Tickets are available online at www.sawmill.org or by calling the theatre’s box office at (814) 927-5275.

The Sawmill Theatre will welcome several other theater companies during the 2017 season, including:

• The Drunkard (Knox Community Theatre) — July 19-22.

• Peter Pan (Brookville Community Theatre) — Aug. 4-6 and Aug. 10-12.

• Leaving Iowa (Footlighters of Elk County) — Aug. 17-19.

• Serenade on Broadway (Enchante Cabaret) — Aug. 24-26.

• Arlene’s Beauty World (Clarion Community Theatre) — Aug. 31 to Sept. 2 and Sept. 7-9.

The Verna Leith Sawmill Theatre is part of the Sawmill Center for the Arts, a non-profit organization dedicated to instructing, preserving and honoring the arts. Located at 140 Theatre Lane in Cook Forest State Park, the center also offers unique festivals and a bountiful craft market, full of one-of-a-kind handcrafted items. For more information, visit www.sawmill.org.

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