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May 31, 2017 - June 25, 2017

Book by John Michael Tebelak  |  Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Conceived and Originally Directed by John Michael Tebelak  |  Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew
Created in partnership with 2 Ring Circus  |  Directed by Donna Drake

Prepare ye the way for this irresistible, groundbreaking rock musical that blends the Gospel According to St. Matthew with an unbridled sense of joyous play. Timeless, haunting and full of humor and heart,Godspell is a celebration of the best of our humanity and shines a beacon of light in a dark and weary world.

Reimagined by visionary director Donna Drake as a Southern parable set in a down-on-its-luck circus during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, Godspell will transform your spirit and inspire you to journey out into the world and build a more Beautiful City. A hunted prophet and peacemaker are taken in by a traveling family of entertainers lost in a world of political and religious unrest. Over the course of their brief time with this miraculous man, they rediscover new hope in a simple song and salvation in basic acts of kindness and brotherhood.

The production team is joined by the aerial wizards of 2 Ring Circus, who created the spellbinding effects for last season’s family favorite The Little Mermaid. This talented team will transform The Rep’s stage into a wondrous big top where your wildest dreams will come true.

“I am overjoyed to be returning to The Rep next season as director of the newly conceived cirque/aerial version of Godspell, a new and thought-provoking spin on an age-old story,” said Director Donna Drake. “I wanted to develop and work on this production at The Rep because I know I will be surrounded by extraordinary talent, brilliant design, a supportive team and dear friends; all the tools needed to create magic. From Mary Poppins to Godspell, each production is a unique story of humankind being transformed by the teachings of love and compassion.”

Godspell is one of the most beloved musicals of the late 20th century and features a jubilant score from Stephen Schwartz, the acclaimed composer of Wicked and Pippin, that includes the songs “Day by Day,” “On the Willows” and “Beautiful City.”

BEHIND THE THEME: Representation of Jesus as a Clown
Thursday, May 25 | 6 p.m.
$5 for non-members/FREE for members of The Rep and The 601 Club
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
RSVP to ahodge@therep.org  
Join us for a discussion exploring the representation of Jesus as a clown, as seen in Parable, the 1964 American short Christian film. 

PAY WHAT YOU CAN NIGHT 
Wednesday, May 31 | 7 p.m.
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock

Sponsored by Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette presents The Rep’s “Pay What You Can Night.”  Patrons can pay any amount they wish for their ticket. Tickets must be purchased in person at the Box Office at 601 Main Street the day of the performance. The Box Office will be open from 9 a.m. until curtain. There are at least 100 tickets available for purchase, and tickets are limited to (2) two per person. Offer is based on seating availability.

PRESHOW DIRECTOR TALKS
Wednesday, May 31 and Thursday, June 1 | 6:15 p.m. 
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
Get exclusive insight into this powerful production from Producing Artistic Director John Miller-Stephany, Director Donna Drake, and Circus Director/Choreographer Joshua Dean before the start of the preview performances.  

CLINTON SCHOOL OF PUBLIC SERVICE DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES
Thursday, June 1 | 12 p.m.
Clinton School of Public Service, 1200 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock
Join Producing Artistic Director John Miller-Stephany and members of the cast and creative team for a panel discussion on this powerful musical. 

BEER NIGHT WITH LOST FORTY AND ARKANSAS TIMES
Thursday, June 1| 6 p.m.
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
Sponsored by Arkansas Times and Loft Forty
Before the start of the second preview of Opening Week, enjoy a complimentary beer tasting provided by Lost Forty Brewing.

OPENING NIGHT CIRCUS-THEMED PRE-CELEBRATION
Friday, June 2 | 6 p.m.  
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock

Join us two hours before the show begins for food trucks, carnival games, circus-themed photo opportunities, and more. Clowning around strongly encouraged!

OPENING NIGHT PARTY WITH THE CAST
Friday, June 2 | Immediately following the performance  
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock

Opening Night for Godspell will include a post-show reception with the cast immediately following the show. Complimentary champagne and light hors d'oeuvres by RSVP Catering will be provided.  

PAY YOUR AGE NIGHT
Sunday, June 4 | 7 p.m.
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
Sponsored by Little Rock Soiree, Colonial Wine and Spirits, The Ride 106.7/The Point 94.1
If you’re age 22-40, pay your age at The Rep! Enjoy a complimentary wine tasting provided by Colonial Wine and Spirits. Tickets on sale now.  

BEER NIGHT WITH STONE’S THROW BREWERY
Thursday, June 8 | 6 p.m.
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
Enjoy a complimentary beer tasting provided by Stone’s Throw Brewery.

CAST CABARET
Monday, June 12 | 6:30 p.m.
The Lobby Bar, 320 West 7th Street
Join cast members of Godspell as they perform their favorite musical numbers in cabaret style! Tickets on sale now by calling the Box Office at (501) 378-0405 or emailing lalford@therep.org.  

LIVE FROM FOSTER’S
Friday, June 9 | 6 p.m.
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
Get your evening started early with live pre-show music in Foster’s.  Ticket not required for pre-show music. 

SIGN INTERPRETER NIGHT
Wednesday, June 14  l  7 p.m.
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
The Wednesday, June 14 performance of Godspell will be interpreted in ASL for the Deaf.  In an effort to make The Rep more accessible, a special Sign Interpreter Section has been set up and the interpreter, Raphael James of UALR, will be positioned in front of the new section and sign directly for those who need his services.  Deaf patrons should contact the Box Office to reserve their seat.

THE AFTER-PARTY
Saturday, June 24 | Immediately following the performance

Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
Stick around after the performance for drinks and look for members of the cast to make an appearance in Foster’s. Ticket not required for the After-Party.

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