(COVINGTON, LA.) – Tickets are now on sale as the Marian Players prepare to debut their 25th anniversary production of “GODSPELL”, which will run March 19 through March 29 at the school’s Alumni Memorial Theatre.The run marks the fifth revival of the school production, which has run every five years since 1990.
GODSPELL begins with John the Baptist, played by Casey Fitzmaurice, singing “Prepare Ye” to announce the coming of Jesus and brings Jesus’ parables to life through numerous characters, philosophers, and biblical figures, using primarily Matthew’s Gospel with a few parables from Luke.
“Each time we do the show, I love to see what each cast member brings. Each cast is unique, with their own gifts and talents, so each show has its own character. I love that. I have repeated this show so many times because you can’t beat the message,” director Denny Charbonnet said. “It is about God’s love for us. It comes through loud and clear.”
The play centers around Jesus, played by sophomore Bradley del Rio. “This play is different from others because there are a lot of movements throughout the scenes,” del Rio said. “It isn’t just memorizing the script; it’s the words that have meaning behind them.”
The ensemble cast includes St. Paul’s Students Andrew Aceves, Ross Allbritton, Jacob Bopp, Ealon Boudreaux, Julian Contreras, Trey Couvillion, Christopher Damare, Shane Davies, Gage Diez, Casey Fitzmaurice, Jack Fleming, Sam Giberga, Austin Hayes, Isaac Hebert, Reagan Hill, A. J. LaCroix, Parker Layman, Justin McClesky, Addison Nick, Josh Nunez, Sam Nuss, Nick Oubre, Colin Patrick, Chris Rogers, Patrick Rudiger, Austin Scheyd, Kyle Shiell, and Patrick Stewart.
Additional ensemble cast members include Julia Albright, Bella Angelette, Sophia Angelette, Margarte Baglow, Hailey Berezuik, Anna Kate Broussard, Chloe Charbonnet, Olivia Charbonnet, Claire Dicorte, Grace Dumdaw, Ceci Falkenstein, Grace Grundmann, Megan Henshaw, Sarah Hoerner, Amelia Hoffeld, Abbey Hollingsworth, Elizabeth Hummel, Lily Huval, Aubry Hymel, Abby Ketelsen, Catherine McWilliams, Laura Montreuil, Grace Pierson, Tanner Rapier, Sofia Rivera, Emily Ruli, Kate Rovira, Cathleen Sanborn, Kourtney Sanborn, Sarah Seghers, Caitilin Smith, Bella Vargas, and Ellie Wright.
Musicians include Musical Director and piano accompanist Bro. Ken Bosch, F.S.C., James Killeen on bass, Mike Skinner on guitar, and Randy Lanier on drums.
Charbonnet is assisted by Technical Director Barrett Baumgartner, Set Coordinator Michael Boudreaux, Vocal Coach Shawn Patterson, Choreographer and Costume Designer Elise Angelette, Choreographer Kristen Johnson, and Lighting Designer Ellen Lipkos.
Additional credits go to Evette Thatcher for costume construction, Bella Angelette for poster design and concept, Christi Simoneaux for poster layout, Bobby and Annette Thomas for t-shirts, Lisa Nunez for parent coordination, Parker Rice for stage management, David D’Antonio for light board, follow spot operators Garrett Cook and Tyler Chelena, ticket coordinators Janet McRae and Susan Fleming, concession coordinator Angela Rovira, food program coordinator Trisha Stewart, and photographer Rod Nunez.
Performance dates are March 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, and 28 at 7 p.m. and March 22 and 29 at 3 p.m. Tickets are available at Braswell Drugs on Tyler St. in Covington or by calling the St. Paul’s School administration office at (985) 892-3200, ext. 1000. Adult tickets are $15 and student tickets are $10.
GODSPELL was conceived and originally directed by John-Mickael Tebelak with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI), 421 West 54th St., New York, NY 10019, phone (212) 541-4684.