MYTS ‘Godspell’ brings an urban twist to an age-old classic

Musical Youth Theatre Stafford is putting on a performance of Godspell at the Stafford Gatehouse this July

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The youth arm of Musical Theatre Stafford

Musical Youth Theatre Stafford (MYTS) will present a production of Godspell at the Stafford Gatehouse Theatre this July. This will be the 12th show the company has put on since they formed in 2007. Godspell will see all sixty-five cast members on stage for the bulk of the show.

Godspell is a musical loosely based on the Gospel according to Matthew but set against a modern backdrop. The brainchild of John-Michael Telebak with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, who went on to write shows like Wicked, Pippin, Pocahontas and Children of Eden, GODSPELL is an engaging and innovative show that uses contemporary rock music, philosophy and unconventional storytelling to tell tales of friendship, love and betrayal.

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The show received critical acclaim when it opened off-Broadway in 1971 and was quickly adapted for the screen. It ran off-Broadway for five years, before making the transition in 1976, where it ran for a further nine years. The show has undergone several revivals, the most recent being the 2011 Broadway revival, which saw the show injected with contemporary references and dazzling new musical arrangements, but without loosing the age-old message of love, loyalty and friendship. 

It is this version that MYTS will be performing in July, featuring the international hit ‘Day by Day’ as well as well-known songs like ‘All for the Best’, ‘By My Side’ and ‘Light of the World’.

“The music is incredible, and we are lucky to have such a powerhouse of talent in MYTS to do justice to the fantastic arrangements and harmonies. It is also fantastic that this show allows us to showcase so many of our talented youngsters, with pretty much each song performed by a different cast member,” says Craig Chesters, Chairman of MYTS.

MYTS perform Godspell at the Stafford Gatehouse Theatre from the July 10 – 13. Tickets are available direct from the Stafford Gatehouse Theatre Box Office on 01785 619080 or online at www.myts.org.uk/godspell.

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