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Stage Door youth present ‘Godspell’ for summer stage

Ambitious, perhaps, but Stage Door Productions Summer Youth Theater Camp’s 14- to 19-year-olds are taking on the musical “Godspell.” They’re going all out. They’re not performing a junior version; this is the Broadway production from the 1970s musical by Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak.

Stage Door Productions’ summer camp leader Stu Johnson said this group is up for the challenge.

“There is so much incredible talent here that we are thrilled to give them an outlet where they may express themselves artistically with no hindering,” he said.

Serving as artistic director is actor Paul Walk, who earned his bachelor of arts degree in vocal performance from Central Washington University.

“Godspell” is based on the story of Jesus told through the Bible’s gospels.

“It is a religious show, but I think it’s going to talk to a lot of people,” Johnson said.

The show is filled with entertaining dialogue and catchy tunes like “Prepare Ye (The Way Of The Lord),” “Save The People,” “Day By Day,” “Light Of The World,” and “Beautiful City.”

Johnson said it’s a good script for the roughly dozen kids in the cast.

“They get to be silly, but tell a really good story,” Johnson said.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. July 29, July 30 and July 31 with a 2 p.m. matinee July 31, all at the White River High School theater. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. For tickets contact Johnson at 360-825-2212 or LazyJbarS@q.com.

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