Rehearsals Underway For “In Concert: Godspell”

Performances Set for Palm Sunday

Songs from the musical Godspell will be performed March 20 at the Memorial Presbyterian Church, Marysville. The show, with songs by Stephen Schwartz, is a full two-act musical which opened on Broadway in 1971. Rather than performing the entire show, Pat Breeding, president of the Marysville Area Community Theatre, had an idea to do a concert version of the musical.

“I wanted to do a concert that would utilize the different areas of the Presbyterian Church sanctuary, and the first thing I thought of was someone standing in the balcony singing ‘Prepare Ye (The Way of the Lord),’” she said. “That made me want to do the rest of the songs since it’s been one of my favorite musicals for over thirty years.”

Breeding shared her idea with others; they agreed to help bring her idea to fruition. The organizers turned to three of the local arts organizations to provide structure and financial support. Landmark Enterprises, Incorporated, the Marysville Area Community Theatre, and the Marshall County Arts Cooperative partnered with Breeding for the inaugural “In Concert” production.

“We hope this is the first of many,” Breeding said. “We decided to use the ‘In Concert’ format so that we can tack on the title of another musical each year. We’ve started discussing what show we might sing next year. It’s a way for us to focus on the music of a show without all of the sets, costumes, and special effects.”

Breeding had the vision and the theatrical expertise to put together the concert. She turned to Rachel Massoth, vocal music teacher at Marysville High School and a board member for the arts cooperative, to serve as co-musical director.

“The rehearsals have been a lot of fun and I’m very happy to have Rachel working with me,” Breeding said. “The music isn’t written in a typical choral set up and her musical expertise has been invaluable.”

Massoth has enjoyed working with Breeding and the twenty-five member chorus. “I think that the music of this show is timeless and just flat out fun,” she said. “It’s been a blast at rehearsals working on it and hearing it improve with each rehearsal. I can’t wait to hear the finished product.”

The chorus consists of twenty-five people from all parts of the area. One member, with ties to the area, commutes from Wichita to be a part of the production. David Burke, who grew up in Hanover, is participating because of his love of the show.

Others agree. Deb Loges, Marysville, enjoys singing any type of music; she couldn’t pass up singing the music from Godspell.

“Growing up in the 1970s, I enjoyed the music from Godspell. This was a great opportunity,” she said. “It is challenging at times, but I am enjoying it. I love singing with a community group because that’s where a lot of friendships have been made.”

Two performances will be held Sunday, March 20, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

For more information people may contact Breeding at 785-562-6566.