Wednesday, August 23, 2017


The Media Theatre revitalizes the classic musical “Godspell” now through August 27. The show, with music by Stephen Schwartz and a book by John Michael Tebelak, features a cast of children, teens, and adults as the followers of Jesus while they humorously act out his parables from the Book of Matthew.

Charlie Carroccio, 7, of Newtown Square, is one of the Disciples in the production. He attends the second grade at Ss. Colman John Neumann Elementary School. Charlie has been seen previously at The Media Theatre in several children’s shows: “The Real Story Of Little Red Riding Hood”, “Winnie The Pooh’s Christmas Tail”, Disney’s “Cinderella Kids”, and “Madagascar Jr.”. Plus he was in “Annie” at Archbishop Carroll, and coming up this holiday season he is playing the role of Chip in The Media Theatre's professional Broadway Series production of Disney's "Beauty and The Beast" (Nov. 15-Jan. 14).

Of “Godspell” at The Media Theatre, Charlie says, “It’s about people with all different backgrounds coming together. Because everyone is different, we see things differently and that is what makes the show special. We have an amazing group of young actors making up this cast!”

His favorite song in the show is the big hit “Day By Day”, which is led by young actress and singer Sarah Lambert, 16, of Cherokee High School in Marlton, NJ. She’s been in high school productions of “High School Musical”, “A Funny Thing Happened on The Way to The Forum”, and “Anything Goes”. “Godspell” is her first show at The Media Theatre.

Sarah said, “To me, “Godspell” is about community. A variety of people and a range of ages coming together, with different views about God, and putting aside their differences.”
She believes “Godspell” reaches many people. “It’s not just about God,” she explained. “Most of our cast isn’t even Christian or Catholic as we also have those who are Jewish on stage, and a few agnostics. The show is really about the parables and the life lessons they teach such as helping others, loving your enemies, and forgiveness. These are good lessons for anyone! Even though the show is centered around Jesus and God, that does not mean that is the only thing you’ll get out of it.”

Sarah’s favorite song in the show is not “Day By Day”, which she leads, but “The Finale”. Of that, she says, “Austy Hicks, who plays Jesus, is incredible. During the Crucifixion when he sings it makes my heart cry out to him. I’ve invested in tissues!”

“This production of the classic musical is the most unique and intriguing version I’ve ever seen,” she said. “Director Roger Ricker really had a vision for the show that is eye catching, from the props to the screen graphics, and a sports theme including a boxing match with Jesus and Judas. It’s really special.”

“Godspell” at The Media Theatre is directed by Roger Ricker, with music direction by Ben Kapilow. Austy Hicks plays the role of Jesus. For tickets, call 610-891-0100 or visit

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