Event Link: http://www.fmct.org/season.html
Event Phone Number: 701.235.6778
In 1974, Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre (FMCT) was one of the first amateur theatres to bring the fresh-from-New York Godspell to a local stage. It was a huge hit, so much so that FMCT extended its run — a rare occurrence in the theatre world.
“It’s so different than Oklahoma, or The Music Man, or many of the other shows popular at the time,” said FMCT Artistic Director, Adam Pankow. “It’s really was a revolutionary show.”
Now, 45 years later, it is coming back to the local stage again this July. “
To me, Godspell is the perfect summertime production,” Pankow said. “It’s a timeless story with incredible music. We’re excited to bring it back to life.”
The musical, written and first performed by a group of drama students at Carnegie Mellon University before becoming an international success, walks through the parables of the book of Matthew while following Jesus and his disciples. The characters tell stories marked by now-famous songs by three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner Steven Schwartz, such as the international hit, “Day by Day.”
Opening July 17, FMCT’s production is directed by Natalie Novacek and will feature an all-female cast. The decision came about naturally, Pankow said, after going through the auditions and realizing the possibility for creating a new perspective.
“We took a look at the talent and thought, ‘What if this was an all women cast?’” Pankow said. “We think having all female disciples and a female Jesus and Judas on stage will add an interesting perspective to the story.”
Adults - $25.00
Seniors (65+) - $20.00
Students - $15.00