Based on The Gospel According to St. Matthew, the musical uses major episodes in the New Testament – including the baptism of Jesus, the Last Supper, his arrest and crucifixion – to explore important ideas like compassion, love, forgiveness and sacrifice for the greater good. The show draws on various theatrical traditions and musical styles, including pantomime, charades, acrobatics, vaudeville, folk and rock to create a unique reflection on the parables of Jesus.
Godspell JR. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI) and its collection of musicals for younger performers. Special thanks to Ethel Poulsen, whose contributions to St. John’s Memorial Fund supported this production. This show was co-directed by Dr. Jay DiPrima and Mark Nelson, the music director of St. Johns.