• 79°
The Madison Record

Madison Academy Performing Arts Department to present ‘Godspell’

MADISON – After a hiatus since 2013, the award-winning Madison Academy Performing Arts Department will present its full-length production of “Godspell.”

Cast and crew have been working in full rehearsals since January. Musical Theatre International describes “Godspell” as “a masterful retelling of the original sensation, injected with contemporary references and dazzling new arrangements.”

The musical illustrates the parables from the Gospel of Matthew with an ensemble of quirky characters. The production’s lighthearted storytelling and comic timing fades to a somber tone into the Last Supper and Crucifixion.

“Godspell” was the first major musical for Stephen Schwartz, three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner. “Day by Day” stands as the show’s theme, with other beloved songs like “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord,” “Learn Your Lessons Well” and “Turn Back, O Man.”

Terrena Mann is directing “Godspell.” Mann teaches drama, theatre production and technical theatre for grades 6-12 at Madison Academy.

“Godspell” will star Noah Olberding as Jesus. The cast includes Haden Lindsey (John the Baptist/Judas), Emma Grace Bailey (Lindsay), C.J. Kane (Morgan) and ensemble members Joy Baker and Jalen Arnold. Teachers Linzee Kerce and Bart Carter are portraying Pharisees.

“Jesus’ messages of kindness, tolerance and love come vibrantly to life. It has been awhile since Madison Academy has put on a musical of this length and size,” spokesperson Glen Laird said.

Mann decided to make Godspell a collaborative effort with all performing arts departments and boosters at Madison Academy helping to make the show a success. Shelli Rimes, Madison Academy’s Choral Director, is serving as Musical Director.

Mattie Earls, music and art teacher, auditioned younger students, and students in grades 2-6 will perform. This effort “has given students the opportunity to discover a God-given talent they may not have known they had,” Madison Academy Elementary Principal Missy Lusk.

Band teacher Jessica Hunt will play drums; she selected academy band students for the orchestra: Meghan Ashmore, bass; Noah Haggard, electric guitar; and Andrew Chase, keyboard. Parent Brian Mann will play guitar.

Dan Olberding is the show’s technical director. The crew includes Terri Speir, president of The Ladies’ Association, scenic artist; counselor Rachel Gross, producer; teacher Christie McKee, costumes; and Tom McKee, assistant for sets.

The cast will present “Godspell” at Madison Academy Performance Center, 325 Slaughter Road on April 26 and 27 at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. Tickets will be $12 at the event. To buy tickets, visit macademy.org and click the “Godspell” link.

Madison

Children learn basics safely in Heritage Sports League

Business

BUSINESS: Bank Independent on the Forbes’ “Best-In-State Banks 2022” list

Madison

Trash Pandas pitching powers 3-1 Independence Day win

Madison

Florida man threatens Limestone police, gets arrested on I-65

Madison

Madison Area Lions collecting supplies for school nurses

Digital Version

Check out the July 2022 issue of Madison Living

Lifestyles

The United States Declaration of Independence

Lifestyles

Group locates graves of Revolutionary War veterans

Madison

Trash Pandas take series in Tennessee with 4-2 win, return home for 4th of July

Madison

Trash Pandas win wild one in Tennessee 11-9

James Clemens High School

Yewon Lee chosen for Emmy Noether Awards, worth $25K

Madison

Madison City Schools district requires re-enrollment of all students

Madison

Citizens group promoting petition to place city manager decision on ballot

Madison

Home runs sink Trash Pandas in 4-2 loss

Liberty Middle School

Teachers, students motivate Latoya Whitehorn, Liberty’s top staffer

Madison

Authorities: Woman who had stillborn birth at Madison Hospital arrested, admitted using meth

Madison

Mazda Toyota Manufacturing awards $180,000 in donations to 10 local nonprofits

Madison

Trash Pandas prevail 2-1 in pitcher’s duel

Madison

Other celebrations for Independence Day in north Alabama

Madison

REMINDER: ‘Star-Spangled Celebration’ features cornhole, pickleball contests

Madison

Fireworks, festivals, crawfish and mullets on tap for 4th of July fun

Business

Local physician’s medical license suspended

Madison

Noon public meeting at library today to discuss city’s proposed city manager transition

Bob Jones High School

COVID-19 waiver expires; MCS students must qualify for free, reduced-price meals

x