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Lincoln Amphitheatre to raise curtain Friday on ‘Godspell’

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LINCOLN CITY – Lincoln Amphitheatre will open its production of “Godspell” Friday.

Lincoln Amphitheatre and the Evansville Civic Theatre partnered in producing a timeless classic for the third straight year.

“Audiences will be uplifted and entertained by this classic Broadway musical, said Lincoln Amphitheatre’s Executive Director Dan Wilkinson. “Even those not familiar with “Godspell” will recognize its hit song, ‘Day by Day’ as well as many of the lyrics from traditional hymns set to modern music. This show will make for a great night out for families of all ages and church groups as well. Director Chris Tyner has put together a strong and talented cast that we look forward to welcoming to the Lincoln Amphitheatre stage.”

The two-act musical focuses on the Gospel according to St. Matthew as presented in a series of skits and songs with Jesus and his disciples.

The musical features songs by Stephen Schwartz and was conceived and originally directed by John-Michael Tebelak. Tyner is putting a twist to this old Broadway classic by mixing art with performing arts.

“We are setting the scene placing Jesus in the role of a master artist, in the vein of Jackson Pollock. He will begin a large painting while the audience is being seated, then the call will go out at the beginning of the show and he will be joined by other members of his “Artists Commune (the disciples),”“Tyner said. “Through the art of storytelling and performance art, the commune will tell the parables lined out in the gospel of St. Matthew.”

Lincoln Amphitheatre’s and Evansville Civic Theatre’s partnership in “Godspell” runs Friday until Aug. 4, Wednesday through Saturday evenings beginning at 7:30 p.m. and one matinee Sunday, Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. CDT. Ticket prices are $19 for adults; $16 for seniors ages 55 and older, students ages 7 to 21, and military; and $6 for children ages 6 and under.

An optional homestyle buffet meal including fried chicken, roast beef, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, and slaw is available for an additional charge to guests who reserve three days in advance. More information is available at www.Lincoln Amphitheatre. org or by calling (800) 264-4223.