Lebanon’s performing arts group the Steitz City Players (SCP) has announced its upcoming production of the musical “Godspell” to be held in August.

Partnering with Friends of Coleman Park, SCP’s production of the John-Michael Tebelak musical will be adapted from the 2011 Broadway revival. The story follows eight main characters through a series of parables based on the Gospels of Matthew, Luke, and John, all set in a contemporary New York City.

Though Godspell began as an off-Broadway production in 1971, the musical’s wild success spawned a movie adaptation two years later and a Broadway revival show in 2011. The show’s musical numbers, composed and written by Stephen Schwartz, also became a hit in their own right, including “Day by Day” which gathered buzz in the early 1970s.

A poster for the 1973 movie adaptation, which also starred David Haskell in addition to the actors billed above.

Auditions for every role in the musical will be held May 18 and 19 from 4pm to 6pm. To be considered, hopefuls should be prepared to sing an up-tempo, contemporary theater song of their choice; there will be accompaniment available and clear sheet music for the song should be brought. A résumé and a calendar of possible scheduling conflicts will also be required.

Additionally, applicants are welcome to bring along a second musical selection of a similar length (~16-32 bars) in any style or background for further demonstration of talent.

The shows will take place at the open-air Veterans Memorial Amphitheater in Coleman Memorial Park on August 16th and 17th, beginning at 6 PM. Entry will be by donation.

David Edward Byrd’s iconic poster art.

The Steitz City Players are a nonprofit group that upholds values of community, creativity, education, and integrity. The Friends of Coleman Park oversees development and maintenance of the Coleman Memorial Park in Lebanon, hosting events and programs throughout the year.

For more information, check out the Steitz City Players’ webpage or visit them on Facebook. The Friends of Coleman Park can be found at their webpage.

Josh Groh is a Cornwall native and writer who began reporting for LebTown in 2019. He continued to regularly contribute to LebTown while earning a degree in environmental science at Lebanon Valley College, graduating in 2021. Since then, he has lead conservation crews in Colorado and taken on additional...


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