Pop culture infuses newest version of 'Godspell'

Published: Apr. 21, 2011 at 4:56 PM EDT|Updated: May. 30, 2011 at 2:44 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Music, dancing and pop culture are just three things you can expect in City Stage's production of Godspell.  But you can also expect a lesson in humanity.

"It stems from the most popular book that's ever been written," said director William Day.

Godspell is a unique way to tell some of the parables from the Bible.

"There are the themes of Jesus Christ and the last seven days and St. Matthew and the gospel and all that," said Day. "But more than anything it's about a community of people coming together and making a unified decision to follow the teachings of this young man."

"They are introduced to this young man who comes and teaches them things that a lot of people tend to forget about in life and regardless of your religious views need to be reminded of," said actor Adam Poole.

"It's one of those shows that's very relevant, but it's also kind of timeless in that you can put it in any kind of age or make it any period or any setting you want," said Day.

City Stage's version is set in a movie theater under some dire circumstances.

"There's been a disaster or some sort of attack," said Day.

"It really is a powerful show, [that's] definitely one word I would use to describe it," said Poole.

Another word could be modern or maybe current.

"I've replaced a lot of the old 70s references like the Marx Brothers and The Three Stooges," said Day. "I've kind of replaced those with references to Lady Gaga and Family Guy."

"We do it in a kind of updated, contemporary [way]," said Poole. "[We] have our own little spin on the way we tell them."


  • April 22, 23, 29, 30
  • 8:00pm
  • April 24, May 1
  • 3:00pm
  • City Stage at Level 5

For tickets, call (910) 264-2602 or click here.

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