The Players Theatre Company at The Owen is thrilled to bring Godspell, directed by Mary Yost, to the community of Conroe. The show first opened in the 70’s and has celebrated much success on and off Broadway and around the world ever since. Godspell is based on The Gospel According to St. Matthew with music and new lyrics composed by Stephen Schwartz and conceived and originally directed by John Michael Tebelak.
Mary Yost is no stranger to the Player’s stage, having directed past favorites including Guys and Dolls, Bye Bye Birdie, and West Side Story. Mary’s vast theater experience includes her current role as the artistic director of Christian Youth Theater Houston and says of the show, “The Godspell cast is a family. A family that has learned to encourage, protect, and love one another as they bring hope and light to the Owen Stage. We can build a beautiful city, day by day!” Ashlie Driver joins Yost as the vocal director and brings with her a wealth of experience in leading music ministry and directing youth theater productions most recently in her local church and with CYT Houston.
The challenging score is comprised of lyrics from traditional hymns played by a live band. The ensemble cast of disciples embody a specific fruit of the Spirit from their first encounter with Christ learning from His parables and together build a Beautiful City. Returning player, Hunter Green, who steps into the role of Jesus says, “I’m honored to be part of this show with a tremendous cast where the message of love and community is timeless and universal.”
John the Baptist and Judas are played by Stephen Driver, who shares, “Godspell shows us what we need in order to build a Beautiful City – a community of understanding. One where we are swifter to listen than to shout, and one in which love of neighbor overwhelms hatred, bigotry, and prejudice. All it takes is a small light in the darkness. A message that takes hold and spreads until it fills and unites the whole world. All it takes, in short, is Christ.”
The disciples are made up of a multi-generational group of actors, many of whom have performed on the Owen stage previously. Cahlyn Velasco, the youngest member of the cast, invites community members to “transform your life with the love of Christ, demonstrated in Godspell, the Musical.”
“Godspell will challenge you in all the best ways!” exclaims Hannah Weaver, a choreographer, teacher, and director who is a familiar face across stages in Conroe. “You’ll leave full of hope for the future and full of compassion for your fellow man.”
Christopher St James, a husband and father of three boys hopes “people walk out with an understanding of Jesus’ greatest commandment, to love God and to love people.”
Cindy Siple, an elementary school music teacher, describes her casting in this show as a blessing, and adds, “I know that our audiences will leave the theatre feeling entertained and inspired, but my hope is that they will also leave changed…ready to build that beautiful city.“
Come hear this talented cast sing about LOVE! The creative team and cast supports Montgomery County Women’s Center by donating size 2 diapers, wipes, and NEW, plain t-shirts of any size and color and invites the community of Conroe to join them in giving. Bring donation items to any of our general audience performances, March 8-24. Secure tickets today: http://owentheatre.com/event/godspell/.