Monday, April 11, 2011

Reflecting the Face of the Community

Godspell at St. Paul UMC, Rocky Mount

1217 Bethlehem Road
Rocky Mount, NC 27803

April 20-23, 2011
7:30 pm each evening
2 pm matinee on Saturday

“Rocky Mount is an incredibly diverse community and we wanted to reflect that in our cast,” commented Melissa Rickets of Inspired theatre, the professional Christian drama conultant director St. Paul has in residence through April 24th. “It is also a city that is undergoing rebirth, and I wanted to capture the sense of hope that is emerging from such projects as the reclaiming of the Douglas Block, the downtown streetscape, and other things the city is doing to come alive.”

“Art has the ability to transcend culture like no other medium,” said Dr. Marty Cauley, the pastor of St. Paul United Methodist Church who has been in the community less than two years. He is already active in such community efforts as the Central City Revitalization Plan, on the board for Habitat for Humanity, and even started a youth mission camp, CO+Mission, that brings dozens of youth to Rocky Mount to work on area projects. “Our goal by bringing in a professional director was to share the Easter message of hope with our entire community and frame in the context of the hope I see for the future of Rocky Mount. We didn’t want to have a typical Easter program, we wanted to create real art, real theatre and to do that we had to raise the bar.”

How have they raised the bar? Godspell’s cast in includes a professional director who has directed more than 100 shows, two professional actors, a professional opera singer, a nationally known communicator, two music teachers, not to mention six extremely gifted college students from the Wesleyan Players and a host of community volunteers. Wesleyan theatre professor Roger Drake added, “We are excited to partner with a local church to give our students the opportunity to work with this level of performers and director. It is really stretching them.”  

If you would like to see Godspell please call 252-443-3468 and reserve your tickets. Seating is limited.

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