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.

The role of Judas is played by 14 year old Evan Bramlage of Haverford. He's in the 8th grade at Devon Preparatory School, and has been seen previously on The Media Theatre stage in "Sleeping Beauty" and last summer's "School of Rock". He's also been in Toledo, Ohio's Children's Theatre Workshop's productions of "Moe The Terrible", "The Gibler Family", and "The Hasting's Heist". 

Evan Bramlage
Evan's favorite parable in "Godspell" is that of The Good Samaritan. He explains, "It demonstrates that the heart of your character as well as your actions matter more than your position in society."

"The musical "Godspell" reflects the teachings of Christ through songs and parables while touching on how the followers reacted to Jesus as a group and as individuals," he said. "Some members of the group respond by complete devotion, while others actively mock Jesus. The audience is able to relate to the group and draw their own conclusion about how they themselves feel."

"The show appeals to a wide variety of people because it does not preach," he said. "Instead, it focuses on the message that has a universal appeal to all regardless of age, background, religion, or creed."

He hopes that many people come to see the show. "It's different than other shows in the way the scenes are set. No one exits the stage to mark the end of a scene. It all just flows from one thing to the next."

“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 mediatheatre.org


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