Limited Tickets available for Opening Weekend of Live Oak Theatre’s Godspell
A limited number of tickets are still available for the Stephen Schwartz hit musical Godspell. The Live Oak Theatre version of the 70s smash hit is being presented over three weekends from March 29 through April 14, at the Morsani Center for the Arts, 21030 Cortez Boulevard, Brooksville, Florida. Shows are 7:30 pm on Fridays and Saturdays with 2:30 pm matinees on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $20, or $5 for children 13 and younger when purchased with an adult ticket. Admission includes coffee, tea, and dessert, available 30 minutes before each performance.
Flower bouquets are now available at performances!
Patrons no longer need to stop off for flowers, if you wish to present a bouquet to one of our performers. One of our Live Oak Friends will have the bouquets for only $20 and $10. For every sale, a donation will be made to the Live Oak Conservatory Scholarship Fund.
Godspell is a musical composed by Stephen Schwartz with the book by John-Michael Tebelak. The show opened off-Broadway on May 17, 1971, and has been produced by multiple touring companies in many revivals.
The musical is structured as a series of parables primarily based on the gospel of Matthew. The parables are interspersed with music set primarily to lyrics from traditional hymns. Godspell began as a project by the drama students at Carnegie Mellon University then moved to the off-off-Broadway theatre LaMaMa Experimental Theatre Club in the east village of Manhattan. The show was then rescored for an off-Broadway production which became a long-running success.
Live Oak Theatre chose Godspell because it is ensemble-driven, it features many memorable songs such as ”Day by Day,” and the improvisational nature of the script is filled with many fun and powerful moments. We truly believe audiences will be pleased with the result.
Godspell was a 1970s reimaging Jesus’ time on earth. It depicts Jesus teaching eight non-Biblical characters life lessons such as loving your neighbor, turning the other cheek, and humility through a series of non-linear parables most borrowed from the book of Matthew with a few parables and references coming from Luke and John as well. There have been many different versions of the play since its inception, each with its own unique twist on the material. Live Oak is no different. Stephen Schwartz, who wrote much of the description in the playbook, makes several notes about how different scenes can be interpreted based on the directions of the director’s vision or to accommodate the time period that the show is set in.
About Live Oak Theatre Company (LOT)
Live Oak Theatre Company (LOT) is a not-for-profit 501 (C) (3) repertory company of local artists, located at 21030 Cortez Boulevard, Brooksville, FL 34601. The Live Oak Theatre Company exists to enrich families, individuals and the community by providing positive artistic experiences in the Performing Arts – including excellent, affordable, and edifying family-friendly entertainment, performance, and educational opportunities for Theatre patrons and participants of all ages.
For more information about the Live Oak Theatre Company, including sponsorship and audition opportunities, call 352-593-0027, email [email protected], or go to www.LiveOakTheatre.org. Visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LiveOakTheatre