Arts and Entertainment

Island teens rock the stage

The cast of “Godspell” includes 13 Island teens, 12 of whom are pictured above. At top is the show’s iconic poster image by famed illustrator Donald Byrd.   - Tom Hughes Photo
The cast of “Godspell” includes 13 Island teens, 12 of whom are pictured above. At top is the show’s iconic poster image by famed illustrator Donald Byrd.
— image credit: Tom Hughes Photo

More than a dozen eager young thespians will sing and dance in a fully staged production of “Godspell” this weekend.

The family-friendly show, one of the most exuberant rock operas of the 1970s, tells the story of the Gospel of Matthew, and includes musicalized versions of many well-known New Testament parables.

“Godspell,” often billed as a celebration of the family of humankind, has toe-tapping tunes that range in styles from pop and folk rock to gospel and vaudeville.

The Vashon cast of “Godspell” includes Quinn McTighe as Jesus, Max Lopuszynski as Judas and a chorus comprised of Salena Biro, Hannah Fellbaum, Maria Gilmour, Ellie Hughes, Isaac Hughes, Maya Krah, Luther Marinez, Marisol Marinez, Roman Marquez-Twisdale, Louisa Moody and Torin Record-Sand.

Drama Dock Theatre’s artistic director Elizabeth Ripley directs the show and Elizabeth Schoen contributed high-stepping choreography. Island chanteuse Maggie Laird is the show’s band leader.

“Godspell” is the third installment of Drama Dock’s Youth Theatre Initiative, a program that aims to provide meaningful stage time for Island youth in middle and high school. Auditions for the next show in the series, “All Night Strut: A Jumpin’ Jivin’ Jam,” will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, at McMurray Middle School. The show is a musical revue, with roles for up to 30 singers, dancers and actors. For more information about that show, call Marita Ericksen at 463-0995.

“Godspell” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Vashon High School’s theater. Tickets, $10 and $7.50, are on sale at Island book stores and at the door.

 

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