A ray of hope transforms a ragtag assortment of individuals into a joyful, supportive community as Academy students present the musical “Godspell” in four public performances at Dillingham Hall. Show dates are October 5, at 8 p.m., and October 6, 12 and 13, at 7:30 p.m.
Based on the Gospel of St. Matthew, “Godspell” presents a message of love, tolerance and respect almost entirely in song, featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by John-Michael Tebelak.
Since opening off-Broadway in 1971, the musical has been staged all over the world, with modern themes and settings integrated into the timeless story. The Punahou production does the same, as the 19 students in grades 9 – 12 bring their unique gifts to songs such as “Day by Day,” “All Good Gifts,” and “Light of the World.”
“In our production, the cast starts out as sort of a lost community, loners, broken down. Then Jesus appears and he brings them together. They grow as a true community, relying on one another and helping one another,” said Director Paul Palmore, noting that the production is suitable for audience members ages 8 and older.
Reserved seating; tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students and seniors (65 and older), with identification. Tickets may be purchased at Punahou’s Sullivan Administration Building Box Office on Oct. 2 – 3 and Oct. 9 – 10 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., and one hour before each performance. Free parking is available on campus.
For more information, call 808.943.3295.